By Christian Holub
February 06, 2015 at 06:50 PM EST
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The latest in a trend of children’s book parodies, Mallory Kasdan and Marcos Chin’s Ella takes Kay Thompson’s classic Eloise books and gives it a Williamsburg-flavored spin. Ella doesn’t have a nanny but a sleeve-tattooed, guitar-strumming “Manny.” She’s friends with a rooftop bouncer instead of a doorman, and needs the desk clerk for Wi-Fi troubleshooting. [L.A. Times]

Dissatisfied with declining books coverage in major publications, publishers are banding together to create what they call a Huffington Post of books. Created by Grove Atlantic President and Publisher Morgan Entrekin, Literary Hub will “feature original and curated content about books and the people who write them, read them, love them,” according to its website. The site launches April 8, and some of its first pieces will apparently include an essay about Alexander Hermon on the influence of screenwriting on fiction-writing—perhaps it will resemble this classic David Foster Wallace piece. [Wall Street Journal]

Parents have noticed a growing trend towards darkness in young adult fiction. Beyond the now omnipresent dystopian science-fiction, many YA books deal with death and suicide. Although this might worry sensitive parents, Gayle Forman—whose upcoming YA novel I Was Here deals with teen suicide—writes in Time that this darker material is actually good for young readers. “Developmentally, teens are hungry for more provocative grist while emotionally they’re thirsty for the catharsis these books offer,” Forman writes. “Of course teens are drawn to darker, meatier fare. The only surprise about this is that it’s a surprise.” [Time]

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