Author Margaret Mahy celebrated her 75th birthday. She is the author of more than 200 books, translated into more than 15 languages. She is the only New Zealand author to have been awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s literature.
Mahy tried to create stories that children and adults could appreciate.
"I hope they have the same sort of relationship [with her books] that I had with the ones I read as a child," she said.
"I still read them, and they sort of become part of your life." Mahy said her writing rate had slowed – "part of the charm of being 75" – but she was "edging towards the end" of another book.
Charming, wise and wonderful.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss will be made into a film in 2012. It will be an animated feature, which is good news. But the voice actor casting may bring your hopes right back down again. Zac Efron and Taylor Swift join Danny DeVito as the Lorax.
I mentioned a few days ago that Peter Pan is being made into a new movie. But that is only part of the Peter Pan potential out there right now. Brace yourself.
There are FOUR Peter Pan related projects in the works.
There is an untitled project that is being sold as a family adventure. OK, no warning bells there.
There is “Pan” which is based on the 1904 stage play, which is the project I mentioned earlier. You may remember it as the one that is written with Peter and Hook as brothers. Ick.
Then there is “Neverland” which seems to be turning the story on its head with Peter as the villain and Hook as the hero. Say what?
And finally, my favorite, “The.Never.Land” which has Peter and Wendy together with a Twilight spin. Yes, Twilight. Think tween schoolgirl and the boy who never grows up. Double ick.