Thursday, February 21, 2013

Theater Thursday: The Selection and Delirium

So this week I'm not actually going to talk about a YA book movie adaption coming out. Instead, I'm just going to mention the fact that there are two TV pilots out there based on young adult books that I'm hoping make the cut and get turned into real TV shows.

The first is The Selection by Kiera Cass for the CW.  I read the book last year and thought it was a lot of fun.  Plus, with the success of The Bachelor and Hunger Games, I think it could do really well.  They tried last year, and it didn't get picked up, but they do have a few people cast, such as Sean Patrick Thomas for Sylvan Santos. Here's a quick summary and a preview for the BOOK.  Not TV show, unfortunately, but it should give you a flavor. If you're interested, you can read more on Kiera Cass's website.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. Quoted from Goodreads

The next book being made into a possible TV series is Delirium by Lauren Oliver for Fox.  It already has Emma Roberts cast as Lena, which would be amazing, and Gregg Sulkin as Julian. That's about all I have, but here's a description of the book and the BOOK trailer in case you're interested in checking it out.

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever

And I've always believed them.

Until now.

Now everything has changed.

Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love. Quoted from Goodreads

So, yeah.  That's about it. Remember, these may never make it past the pilot episode. A lot of shows don't.  Personally, I would enjoy watching both of these next year if they're well done.  Of course so many things go into TV shows, I think they're harder than movies to adapt.  You have to take a concept and just kind of run with it because a faithful adaption of the books would, at most, result in a mini-series.  Now these could be wonderfully successful, like Vampire Diaries, or they could fizzle and die after a season, like Secret Circle, if they're picked up at all.  It all depends on the writers, actors, studios, etc.  Still, I would love to see what studios could do with the concepts.  If nothing happens, well, the sequel to The Selection, The Elite, comes out April 23rd, and Requiem, the third book in the Delirium trilogy comes out March 5th.


  1. Ooh, I like the idea of these books being turned into shows. Just curious, is the second book one you've reviewed? If not, what would you rate it?

    1. The second book hasn't actually come out, if you're talking about The Elite. As for Delirium, I haven't read the second book. I heard too much about it and decided I would just wait until the third book came out and then read the last two together.