Books

Stephenie Meyer Blames 'Twilight' Haters For Bad 'Host' Reviews

August 14th, 2013 1:44pm EDT
Stephenie Meyer
"Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer believes critics trashed her sci-fi film "The Host" to "punish" her for inflicting the teen vampire series on the world.

"The Host," which the author wrote after the massively successful "Twilight" books, was turned into a movie starring Saoirse Ronan. Meyer was also a producer. Compared to "Twilight," the film was a bomb. It made just $48 million internationally compared to the $393 million the first vampire film earned in 2008.

"The Host" received only 9 percent on movie critic website RottenTomatoes.com, and Meyer thinks most of the critics were just t...
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'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Scribe E.L. James Tops List Of Best-Paid Authors

August 13th, 2013 5:00pm EDT
EL James
E.L. James has joined the ranks of Stephen King, James Patterson and Dan Brown as one of the best-paid authors of 2013.

The "Fifty Shades of Grey" writer catapulted to fame following the release of her 2011 book and its two sequels, which were originally written as fan fiction based on the "Twilight" teen vampire franchise.

James earned an estimated $95 million between June, 2012, and June, 2013, which includes the sale of film rights for her erotic series.

Patterson came in the number two slot ($91 million), followed by "The Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins ($55 million).

Ever sinc...
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J.K. Rowling Awarded Damages Over Leak Of Secret Pen Name

July 31st, 2013 10:34pm EDT
J.K. Rowling
Author J.K. Rowling won a lawsuit she brought against one of the partners at the law firm that represents her for outing her as the writer of crime novel "The Cuckoo's Calling."

Rowling wrote the book under the pen name Robert Galbraith, and when Russells partner Chris Gossage revealed the secret to one of his wife's best friends, she went online and Tweeted it.

Rowling took legal action against Gossage for breach of confidentiality over the leak, and his wife's friend Judith Callegari was also named in the suit.

A judge at London's High Court ruled in Rowling's favor, and in lieu of dam...
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'It's Not For Me': Shirley Jones Reflects On Past Threesome With First Husband Jack Cassidy

July 25th, 2013 8:09pm EDT
Shirley Jones
Actress Shirley Jones has opened up about her sex life in her new self-titled biography, promising readers "the surprise of [their] lives!"

Jones, 79, holds nothing back in the her new memoir, detailing her tawdry relationships with first husband, actor Jack Cassidy, and current husband, comedian Marty Ingels.

The Partridge Family star shares that Cassidy -- who she says was a very well endowed "sexual Svengali" -- once talked her into having a threesome to add a little freshness to their sex life.

"I was a virgin when I married Jack... He was very sexual (and) very upfront about it. He ...
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Roman Polanski's Rape Victim Releases Book With Provocative Cover

July 25th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
Roman Polanski
Filmmaker Roman Polanski's teenage sex victim Samantha Geimer has released a book in which the cover features an image the director allegedy took of her over 30 years ago.

The portrait on "The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski" shows Geimer at age 13, taken less than three weeks before her sexual encounter with the filmmaker at a party in Hollywood in 1977. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Polanski took the picture during a photoshoot with Geimer at her Woodland Hills, California home.

Polanski was arrested and was later indicted on six charges: furnishing a controlled subs...
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Comic-Con 2013: A Conversation With Amber Benson

July 25th, 2013 12:40pm EDT
Amber Benson
Amber Benson won fans' hearts as the dearly departed Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Looking beyond Buffy, however, she's also a talented hyphenate: actress, director, writer. BFTV snagged a few minutes with Amber at this year's San Diego Comic-Con to find out about her myriad of current projects and enduring place in pop culture.

"I get overwhelmed by it all!" Amber told us with a laugh. "I have a new series of books for Penguin; the first book's called The Witches of Echo Park. That'll be out next year. I'm doing a film with Neil Gaiman called Blood Kiss, that we did a Kickstart...
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Book Review: Stephen King's 'Joyland'

July 19th, 2013 9:25am EDT
Joyland Book Cover
Don't let the upbeat title of Stephen King's "Joyland" fool you; his novel is no lighthearted tale of youthful exuberance. Although the book shares its name with a fictional amusement park where happy memories are made for children, the titular grounds in this paranormal, coming-of-age crime thriller have a much more tragic history for adults. Would you expect anything less from The Master of Horror?

After King’s 2012 testimonials for “The Twenty-Year Death” and “The Cocktail Waitress,” it seemed like only a matter of time before he penned his own entry in Titan Books’ pulp series “Hard Ca...
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J.K. Rowling Angry At Law Firm For Leaking Her Secret Pen Name

July 18th, 2013 11:22pm EDT
J.K. Rowling
Author J.K. Rowling may have taken it somewhat lightly when news that she secretly used a pen name to release her latest novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," got out, but the "Harry Potter" writer is reportedly furious over the leak.

One of the partners at British law firm Russels, Chris Gossage, inadvertently leaked the info to his wife's best friend that Rowling had written the novel under the pen name Robert Galbraith -- a war veteran who became a private investigator -- and she posted about it on Twitter.

London's Sunday Times newspaper did some more digging and confronted the author with t...
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J.K. Rowling Publishes Critically Praised Novel Under Secret Pen Name

July 15th, 2013 2:40pm EDT
J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's secret is out.

The writer published a new detective novel in April under the pen name Robert Galbraith -- a former policeman in the military -- and she had hoped to keep the author's real identity a secret, but Britain's Sunday Times did a little digging into the success of the unknown Galbraith -- whose novel "The Cuckoo's Calling" has been receiving rave reviews.

The Times found that the two writers have the same agent and that the new novel was written similarly to the final Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, so they put two-and-two t...
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'The View's' Sherri Shepherd Opens Up About Diabetes With New Book

July 5th, 2013 12:12pm EDT
Sherri Shepherd
Comedienne, author, co-host of The View - Sherri Shepherd is a woman of many talents. Most recently, she's bringing her sense of humor to the serious subject of living with diabetes in her new book, Plan D: How To Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don't Have It). Sherri took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with BFTV about writing her second book, and how she's enjoyed making us laugh for years.

When readers crack open Plan D, "I want them to be able to laugh," said Sherri, who is herself Type 2 diabetic. "I don't want people to be paralyzed by fear when they get the dia...
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