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Dark Days Blog Tour: Claudia Gray’s Recommended Titanic Movies

Hello everyone and welcome to the third week of our stint on the official Dark Days Blog Tour, a celebration of the upcoming fall lineup of paranormal and supernatural YA titles from Pitch Dark Books at Harper Teen! We have the great honor of hosting Dark Days author Claudia Gray for four weeks, as she shares with us some of her favorite films, books, and influences for her her new novel Fateful.

Please give a warm welcome to Claudia Gray!

Claudia Gray’s Recommended Titanic Movies
1. “Titanic” (1997)

“I’ll never let go, Jack!” Iconic for a reason. While there are aspects of this movie I don’t love (particularly the clunky dialogue in many scenes), I think it’s a brilliant historical romance. Best of all is the fact that the movie makes the Titanic look beautiful, exciting and powerful; you can understand why they believed it was unsinkable.

2. “Titanic” (1953)

Prepare to see this title a lot. This is an older movie, and much of it will seem very old-fashioned today. But the relationships of the central family, which is on the verge of splitting up before the voyage, ring very true, and you’re not even human if you’re not teary at the end.

3. “Titanic: The Complete Story” (1994)

This is a documentary series, but it’s probably the single most comprehensive guide to the facts of the ship and sinking that you can find on film. Skillful writing and voiceovers give it as much dramatic sweep as some movies.

4. “The Titanic” (1996)

Nobody even remembers this today, mostly because the James Cameron film came out the next year and erased it from public consciousness. It has its own merits, though, particularly a strong below-decks storyline and Catherine Zeta-Jones as the star.

5. “A Night To Remember” (1958)

A British film based on the definitive book about the disaster, at least what was known about it before the discovery of the wreckage. To modern eyes the movie looks plain, but the way the tragedy inexorably unfolds is unforgettable.

About the Book:

Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. It’s 1912, and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and twisted secrets. But now the Lisle family is headed to America, with Tess in tow. Once the ship they’re sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new life for herself.

Her single-minded focus shatters when she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets of his own. He’s in a hurry to leave Europe, and whispers aboard the ship say it’s because of the tragic end of his last affair with the French actress who died so gruesomely and so mysteriously. . . .

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves exist and are stalking him — and now her, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.

In Fateful, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray delivers paranormal adventure, dark suspense, and alluring romance set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic’s first—and last—voyage.

Download an excerpt HERE and check out the trailer below:

For More About The Dark Days Fall Tour…

Make sure to check out the official Facebook App which includes all sorts of extras, including the official Dark Days Trailer. Plus, check out the Fall 2011 Tour Dates below:

Brace yourself for the DARK DAYS ahead! Meet HarperTeen authors Claudia Gray (FATEFUL), Kiersten White (SUPERNATURALLY), Amy Garvey (COLD KISS), Anna Carey, (EVE), and Jocelyn Davies (A BEAUTIFUL DARK) as they visit the follow cities:

Wednesday, October 12th
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway
*Lynnwood, WA*
with Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, and Anna Carey

Thursday, October 13th
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Avenue
*Huntington Beach, CA*
with Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, and Anna Carey

Friday, October 14th
7:00 PM
Tattered Cover
9315 Dorchester Street
*Highlands Ranch, CO*
with Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, and Jocelyn Davies

Saturday, October 15th
1:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
2999 Pearl Street
*Boulder, CO*
with Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, and Jocelyn Davies

Sunday, October 16th
2:00 PM
Anderson’s
123 West Jefferson
*Naperville, IL*
with Claudia Gray, Kiersten White, Amy Garvey, and Jocelyn Davies

Next Week with Claudia Gray: Claudia’s Ten Interesting Facts About The Titanic

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2 Comments

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    September 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm

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  • ExpBL626
    September 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    There was a Titanic movie before *the* Titanic movie? O.o “erased it from public consciousness”. More like “erased from existence”.

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