Saturday, February 23, 2013

Oscar Week: Books about Making Movies

So far we've spent Oscar week discussing books that have been, or soon will be, turned into movies. What about books about making movies? Don't worry-- that's what we have today.


Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts by Troy Lanier and Clay Nichols. The authors teach film making in high school. If you can't take their class, you can at least read their book for tips on how to make something polished that people besides your family and friends will want to watch.

Screenwriting for Teens: The 100 Principles of Screenwriting Every Budding Writer Must Know by Christina Hamlett. Everything you need to know to come up with a killer script.

The Hollywood Sisters: Backstage Pass by Mary Wilcox. Eva has made the big time as a TV star. Her younger sister Jess prefers to be off-camera, but when someone tries to ruin Eva's career by spreading lies to the press, Jess is on the case. The first in a series, follow this with The Hollywood Sisters: On Location.


Cat Girl's Day Off by Kimberly Pauley. Nat has the stupidest super power ever-- she can talk to cats. But when Hollywood comes to town in order to film a remake of Ferris Bueller's Day Off at her high school, it might just come in handy. The lead actress is acting strangely. If her cat can be believed, it's because she's an impostor. Can Nat save the day?

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Brenden Halpin and Emily and Franklin. The reason the romance sparks so much on their hit TV show is because Charlie and Fielding are in love in real life, too! Until the paparazzi blow their cover-- their off-screen romance is a giant publicity stunt and the truth is, they can't stand each other.

Theodora Twist by Melissa Senate. Theodora is a hard-partying A-List star. Emily is a boring nobody whose only claim to fame is that she lives in Theodora's old house. To rehab her image, Theodora is starting in a new reality show-- one where she goes back to her roots, and lives in her old house, hosted by Emily's family. What could possibly go wrong?


The A-List: A Novel by Zoey Dean. This is the first book in Dean's gossipy series following Hollywood's teenaged elite crowd. Fans will also want to read Dean's other Hollywood-centric series, Talent and The A-List: Hollywood Royalty.

Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Cocks and Morgan are best known as the duo behind Go Fug Yourself. In their fiction debut, Molly jets off to Hollywood when she discovers her father is a famous movie star. But she's unprepared for the realities of the Hollywood and the lives of the rich and famous.

Hollywood Hustle. Vince may have accepted who his family is, but when he goes to college, he still decides on film school in LA-- about as far away from Jersey and the mob as he can get. But, the mob will follow him wherever he goes. Even worse? His film studies prof thinks that Vince's ideas about the mob rely too much on stereotypes! If only he knew... You'll want to start with the first book, Son of the Mob.

What are your favorite books about Hollywood and movies?

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