#LoveOzYAbookclub September 2017 discussion post – SPARK (Rachael Craw)

//#LoveOzYAbookclub September 2017 discussion post – SPARK (Rachael Craw)

#LoveOzYAbookclub September 2017 discussion post – SPARK (Rachael Craw)

SPARKArmy, present!





A couple of things for me personally:

  1. I am very attached to the idea of a local ‘superhero’ story. I don’t think Aus/NZ fiction does much of that, and I applaud Rachael Craw for going for it with this series.
  2. On the same theme – much local YA is rewarded for being literary, but I think there is a real hunger for more out-there genre fiction. I’d like to see more of this type of fiction take off in the Aus/NZ market, because it’s the kind of stuff I used to prefer reading as a teenager, so SPARK was a welcome addition.
  3. Whywhywhy hasn’t something like this been adapted for the screen? I understand that SPARK has been optioned for film, but there’s a huge chasm between a book being optioned and a book being developed and made… I know the film/tv industry is in the doldrums in this country, but here’s some great material for a teen tv series, maybe by ABC3?
  4. On that note, hardly any local books are made into films or brought to tv. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of will to invest capital – which I find mind-boggling, but I guess it’s cheaper and easier to make shows like The Bachelorette?? Ffs. At least they’ve made The Changeover (Margaret Mahy), but wow, it only took them, like, 30 years…
  5. If we had a local industry that was eager to adapt local YA material, it could become like the new Home&Away, and kick off the careers of local actors, sell into overseas markets…and I’m getting a little ahead of myself. Ahem.


If you’d like to read on after SPARK, the rest of the trilogy is STRAY and SHIELD. There’s also a prequel short story called BLACK ROOM, which looks good (I haven’t read it yet – tell me what it’s like!).

I also discovered this post by the SPARK cover designer, Amy Daoud, about the process of creating the cover image, which I found really fascinating!

I really hope you enjoyed SPARK as this month’s bookclub read! Please feel free to comment on the discussion post on the FB group page thread, or you can leave a comment here. If you’re time-poor, you can leave a 1-5 Star quickie review in either place.

Keep your ears to the ground for next month’s #LoveOzYAbookclub title – I’ll be announcing it soon!


By | 2017-09-29T08:11:22+00:00 September 29th, 2017|#LoveOzYAbookclub|1 Comment

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  1. Chloe Hughes October 22, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Ellie, you’ve made good points on the lack of film and tv adaptations in this country so here’s my two cents worth on the lack of book to film adaptations in this country.

    The hashtag #loveozya was coined in 2015 after the Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA) finished a survey on the top 10 borrowed young adults books and only two book were Australian- Ellie Marney’s Every Breath – a non film adaptation and Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief among US film adaptation blockbusters like John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars, Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games, Divergent.
    Not hard to see why popular and well loved books like Melina Marchetta’s Looking For Alibrandi and John Marsden’s Tomorrow When The War Began turned out be successes.
    Looking For Alibrandi was released as a book first in 1992 then in 2000. The film went on to win 7 awards and is still a fan favourite that launched the careers of Kick Gurry and Pia Miranda.
    John Marsden’s Tomorrow When The War Began book released in 1993 and the film in 2010 also launched the careers of 8 teen stars (Caitlin Stasey, Deniz Akdeniz, Rachel Hurd Wood, Phoebe Tonkin, Ashleigh Cummings, Chris Pang, Andy Ryan and Lincoln Lewis and won 8 awards.
    It’s great to see Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs The Homo-Sapien (film retitled as Love, Simon), Jennifer Niven’s All The Bright Places and Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give given the silver screen treatment, let’s look in our backyard and see the potential of what Ellie Marney’s young adult Sherlock Holmes type detective crime series Every Breath and it sequels Every Word and Every Move on the screen or romantic drama like Gabrielle Tozer’s Remind Me How This Ends or Will Kostakis’s drama The Sidekicks or Amberlin Kwaymullina’s indigenous sci-fi dystopian The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf starring Tamala Shelton whose credits include NowhereBoys and Cleverman.


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