Wattpad Adaptations Are Going To Take Over Your Screen And Probably Your Life

The invasion is already here!

Production companies are scrambling over themselves to sign deals with books that first appeared on social-publishing site Wattpad. Teenagers and young women are now scoring multi-million-pound development deals because of novels they posted online, and we’re all going to be obsessed pretty soon.

What the F is Wattpad

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For those unfamiliar with the website Wattpad it describes itself as “a community for readers and writers to publish new user-generated stories in different genres.” Writers can basically publish their work and receive comments, likes and follows; it’s basically if twitter and a kindle had a baby and all the books are free.

The website is especially popular with teenage girls and is known for fan fiction with some of the most popular stories being about boybands. And because we tend to dismiss anything adolescent girls like the site and its literal millions of active readers, writers and creatives went mostly unnoticed by the general public.

Kissing Booth

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The Kissing Booth was one of the first Wattpad novels to get noticed by the general public, and you’ve probably seen the movie version pop up in your Netflix trending bar. Kissing Booth first came about in 2011 and was posted on the site by Beth Reekles and by 2012 it’d won onsite awards and garnered over 19 million reads.

To give you a quick comparison, you need roughly 5,000 to be considered an Amazon bestseller. It was published as an actual novel in 2013, and the original movie came out in 2018. Despite criticisms of the original film Netflix stated it was hugely popular which made others sit up and take notice.

Kissing Booth is the story of Ellie Evans who was currently enjoying her life with her best friend, finds herself face to face with her crush at the spring carnivals kissing booth- said crush being her best friends brother who she’s not allowed to date. It’s a simple, fluffy romantic comedy, not necessarily the thing that gets made anymore but you can’t argue with 19 mil.

Despite criticisms of the original movie Netflix stated it was hugely popular which made others sit up and take notice.

The Philippines Did It First

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Although a lot of Wattpad stories have only recently signed deals to get Western publishing deals, there’s been a lot of adaptations of Wattpad stories in the Philliphines. The Bet, She’s Dating the Gangster, and Diary of an Ugly Person have all been adapted into respectfully successful films within the country, and the trend looks set to continue.

Watts Next To Come

Wattpad is coming for your TV whether you like it or not and here are just a few projects already in the works

Light As A Feather

A simple game of Light As A Feather Stiff As A Board goes very wrong when a group of girls start dying in the way the game predicted. This ten-part series began life as a Wattpad book which currently has over 3 million views and counting, kind of a cross-between Pretty Little Liars and American Horror Story it’s set to premiere on Hulu in a matter of weeks, check out the trailer here…

Death is my BFF

Sony Pictures recently required the rights to humour/romance/supernatural story Death is My BFF a story about a girl’s meeting with the personification of Death who happens to be a bit of a playboy. It’s a biting take on the supernatural boyfriend trope although Death is My BFF is an original story. What’s more, it currently has 92 million reads and counting.

Under Glass

Set under a glass-domed Mars Colony, a young girl leads a rebellion against a dictatorship. Under Glass has been optioned for film, said novel has been taken down from Wattpad but according to Deadline Stampede Ventures has acquired the rights to books, formats, graphic novels and video games to adapt for film and TV.

After

This is the one you might have heard of…

After was originally a fan fiction AU about Harry Styles and One Direction about Harry Styles as a college student in America and his relationship with a young freshman girl who’s super innocent and what not. I admit I haven’t read it may be the plot has more to it, but that’s what I got. It’s epic love; it’s a saga, it’s romantic, it’s two straight white people.

But After started getting attention when it reached 1.5 billion reads.

1.5 billion that’s 1/7 of the world’s population, I’m so tired. Anyway, the book was a runaway hit, it was published with Simon & Schuster, and according to wiki, there are currently 19 million copies in circulation. So there’s an audience for it which is why a film starring Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Harry (now Hardin) is currently being shot and is scheduled for release in 2019.

 

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Hero played young Voldermort in the 6th Harry Potter film he’s now an adult which quite frankly is very rude of him 

 

Wattpad does have its flaws with problematic storylines being chief among them, but it’s also Hollywood’s teenage dream. In this little corner of the internet story trends live and die so instead of having to predict teen interests, popular stories are picked democratically by your audience, and when something gets popular it’s super popular, and you pretty much have a guaranteed audience.

What’s more, the data element is amazing when it comes to adaptation, readers have already made themselves known about aspects of the story they do like and bits they don’t. As a production company, you can iron out plot details and get rid of problems with a focus-group of literally millions within your demographic.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of all the books the site produces but there are some shitty ass books out there categorises as real literature so you can’t argue. Plus it does have a few gems, and it fosters a love of reading amongst a new generation, who can hate that? You can’t help but admire it for the power of teen girls and young women who’ve found a way to get their stories heard and forced men sitting in boardrooms to sit up and listen.

Expect to see a lot more Wattpad stories produced as movies in the future.

Just please…please no Kissing Booth part 2.

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Emily Ratajkowski isn’t just the ‘hot girl’

With a face/life made for instagram it’s hard not to feel envy for the British-born actress + model Emily Ratajkowski but in a recent interview with Glamour UK the Gone Girl actress stuck two fingers up to the box she’s put in

I’m so grateful I have modelling and so many other things that I’m doing – because if I didn’t have other ways of making money, I’d be like, ‘OK, I guess I’m doing the bathing-suit-girl role.’ You really have to prove yourself in this industry and I’m very much up for the challenge. It takes a really long time to not only prove yourself, but also prove that you’re more dynamic than just this one part of you that they see.”

The issue seems to be personal to Ratajkowski as while on the cover of the August issue of Harper’s Baazar she mentioned issues with people dismissing her because her boobs were ‘too big.’

Although she rose to public prominence as a model and ‘girl in Blurred Lines video’ she actually enjoyed some success as a teen actress including a stint on iCarly as Tasha, Gibby’s girlfriend.

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But after a slew of smaller roles in ‘We are Your Friends’ and ‘The Spoils before Dying’ Ratajkowski looks to be taking over the silver screen in the next year with starring roles in ‘In Darkness’ ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Cruise’ alongside a host famous actors Emily Ratajkowski looks well on her way to the acting A-List.

Netflix ‘You Get Me’ Review

A one night stand turns into the school day from hell in this new Netflix thriller than combines L.A cool and millennial Femme Fatales into a deliciously devilish package.

The story of Taylor, a seventeen-year-old boy currently living his Californian dream with a great job busting tables at the beach and a great girlfriend, things are going pretty well for him.

But during an argument at a house party Tyler and his girlfriend, Alison split up and Tyler rebounds with one magical weekend with one really cool girl, nothing could go wrong…. right?

‘You Get Me’ seems to be a teenage Dangerous Liaisons and honestly, I don’t hate the concept. Teenage love mixed with the obsession of a complex antagonist does create a compelling story in theory whether or not they execute it to the fullest extent remains to be seen.

The first thing you notice about this movie is in the gorgeous cinematography, I’m talking quintessential L.A with sun drench beaches and overhead light in night shots. The romantic drama and its shots can easily be played out in a music video for a pop/edm song but the real linchpin of this movie is Bella Thorne as spurned lover Holly.

Thorne is the undeniable stand out of this movie, she balances the ‘cool girl’ persona that attracts the protagonist Tyler and allows him to spill his guts about family drama and his feeling towards his girlfriend. But she also captures the sinister goings on underneath in the portrayal of a very troubled girl.

You Get Me lives and dies on the back of its antagonist because there’s very little screen time given to anyone else. The other characters including the MC Tyler aren’t given enough room to develop against Holly’s intense back story.

The naturalism of this film allows us to experience a very intense drama in the most normal way possible, a couple of awkward missteps aside things bubble nicely under the service and culminates in a satisfying way.

Netflix has armed itself as the rebirth of the big indie movie, unlike the millions of superhero movies that litter the cinema Netflix can experiment with what it puts out there and try to capture the teen market. I don’t think You Get Me will captive its audience but it moves like a day dream and will at least capture the attention of the tumblr crowd at least for the moment.

Supergirl borrows Wonder Woman’s boots

In a stroke of genius by the marketing team at DC, a post-finale Supergirl trailer shows Supergirl at a bar wearing a familiar​ pair of boots and cuffs.

Featuring some of our fave female characters including Alex Danvers, Queen Rhea, Cat Grant and President Marsdin in a featurette to promote the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.

An added layer to fans see President Marsdin give Kara a knowing look as she passes her, Wonder Woman fans will remember the actress Lynda Carter as the original Wonder Woman in the 1970s.

Emma Watson addresses backlash.

Emma Watson has been having quite a busy time for someone that claimed to have a year off. With her work in the feminist book club and interviewing Gloria Steinem, her year off sounds like a busy 12 months to me.

In one of her most in-depth interviews yet Emma addresses the criticisms she’s received surrounding her feminism.

“It’s difficult to hear criticism from people you consider your peers …but once you take a stance on something like feminism, that’s a completely different ball game…There were a couple of days when I just didn’t want to come out from under the duvet.”

Coming from a position of wealth (she was one of the highest paid actresses in the world during the Harry Potter years) There was understandably some criticism regarding her from the privileged position of an actress, especially such a high paid one, speaking at the UN especially her comparing her pay disparity to a woman working manual labour.

“At first I wasn’t sure if I should allow myself to be upset by it, but then I realised I needed to give myself 24 hours to sulk, and then move forward.”

Emma still goes forward campaigning for feminism in her joint feminist book club (Our Shared Shelf on Goodreads.com) But she’s also returning to her first love, acting as the starring role in March 2017.

 

“For me, Beauty was the perfect, most joyful thing to do after a heavy year.”

The musical, which had the largest amount of views for a youtube trailer in 2017, is part of Disney’s real life adaptations, the part of Belle feels like a very natural step for Watson.

“There was something that connected about Hermoine and Belle and it was good to be reminded that I am an actress; this is what I do. This film is pure escapism which came before my year off.”

Ghost in the Shell trailer released

Yup, the first trailer for the manga based sci-fi thriller dropped on youtube today. Featuring Scarlett Johansson in the main role as The Major, Ghost in the Shell has already been mired by controversy by putting a white actress in the role of an asian character.

Ghost in the Shell tells the story of human/cyborg Major who leads the special ops task force Section 9. Major is all about facing criminals in the post cyber-punk world, directed by Rupert Sanders (of Snow White and Kirsten Stewart fame) this film will probably be subject to a lot of criticism both on and off the screen. But tell us what you think of the trailer and your thoughts on casting so far…

Twelve things you never knew about Hocus Pocus

It’s been almost 23 years since Hocus Pocus, a film about three witches that still delights us to this day. A halloween favourite for all the family so here are twelve Hocus Pocus facts that you may not know

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Originally supposed to be a Disney Channel Original Movie

Sarah Jessica Parker’s ancestor was actually arrested for witchcraft at Salem

Released during the summer of 1993 apparently producers didn’t want it competing with the Nightmare Before Christmas

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Was’t a runaway success at the box office but became a cult favourite over the years

Leonardo Dicapro was originally slated to star

So was Rosie O’Donnell but she didn’t want to play a ‘scary witch’

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Ombre Katz who played Max now works as a hairdresser

The film is called “Abracadabra” in s Brazil, Argentina, and even in Quebec, Canada.

Sean Murray (Thacknery Binx) has been playing Timothy McGree is NCIS for thirteen years

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Director Kenny Ortega will be directing the new Rocky Horror Picture Show tv movie

They had to tone down some of the make-up because Disney considered it too scary

Bette Midler said in an interview that evil witch Winifred Sanderson was the favourite character she’s ever played

Dark side R2-D2 revealed…

As the rumours swirl about Rogue One and the various productions issues are being alleged  we are ready for more good news about Star Wars.

In the Force Awakens R2-D2 is in a state of sleep apparently because of the Luke Skywalkers departure but we don’t really know. The droid named C2-B5 is complete chrome version of R2, very stylish but a little on the nose when it comes to ‘evil version’