YA fiction may seem to be getting increasingly grim, although the books that are most popular here tend not to be the ones listed in the article.

Speaking of grim, The Hunger Games is going to be made into a movie. Suzanne Collins is writing the script herself. People lucky enough to read advance copies of Catching Fire say it’s excellent (with unexpected plot twists). More here (and here for a review (without any hints at all) from an advance reader).

Did you love Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta? If you did, you’ll be pleased to hear that the book she’s working on at the moment, called The Piper’s Son, is about Tom (from Saving Francesca). I liked Tom, so this is pleasing news: you can read more in this interview.

David Eddings fans will be sad to hear that he died last week at the age of 77.

Stephenie Meyer is #26 on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, just behind Simon Cowell and one in front of Roger Federer. She earned a cool $50 million last year. Others on the list include Beyonce, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, James Patterson, and of course Barack Obama.

There’s a manga version of Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan out and about that people like. They’re also making it into a movie (more).

What makes Catcher in the Rye so appealing, after all these years? (And remember the sequel? Salinger is taking legal action against the author.)

Judy Blume was interviewed on the wireless on National Radio last week. You can listen to the podcast here.

Finally, WhatILearnedToday: Darren Shan is Irish.