This is an embarrassing admission to make as someone who writes about books professionally (well, that’s the excuse I make for these stacks around me anyway): My love for Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys is so great that I can’t even write a review of it. And when I begin to think of fantasy casting options, my mind goes absolutely blank, because no actors can possibly live up to the characters I’ve made in my mind. I’m not alone in my love — New Line just announced last week that Akiva Goldsman would produce the movie for them. Instead of a standard review here, I’m just going to list a handful of the things that have me seriously crushing on this book:
- The wholly original story about four private school boys searching for the body of the Welsh King Glendower, who legend has it will grant one wish to whoever finds him, and about a girl named Blue who’s the only non-psychic of the family and who knows that one day she’ll cause her true love to die. She also knows to stay away from boys who go to the Aglionby School, nicknamed “raven boys” for the emblems on their V-neck sweaters.
- The very realistic relationship between the boys — rich, Glendower-obsessed Gansey; surly, troubled Ronan; driven, scholarship student Adam; and mysteriously quiet Noah.
- Blue’s endearingly unconventional household of psychic women: mom Maura, famous aunt Neeve, boy-crazy cousin Orla, in-her-own-world Persephone and sharp-tongued Calla. Blue loves them, but she also dreams of escaping and having a “normal” life doing something like “scouring Costa Rica to find out more about the scale-crested pygmy tyrant.”
Do you still have the shakes from Hunger Games withdrawal? Have you still not seen it because you don’t like to follow the pack? Are you reading this from your mobile device as you wait for the trailers to begin on your umpteenth viewing? Whichever category you fall into, we thought you’d benefit from a different perspective of the film, from the authors of the next book-to-movie adaptations you’ll probably get hooked on. On Monday, we gave you Shatter Me author Tahereh Mafi’s fangirl review. Here’s a review from Maggie Stiefvater, whose books The Scorpio Races, Shiver and the upcoming The Raven Boys are published by Suzanne Collins’ home, Scholastic. And yes, the former two have been optioned by movie studios.
I don’t think you have any idea how many movie trailers have horses in them. Next time you go to the theater, count. I will spoil it for you: there are a million. I never realized this until my latest novel, The Scorpio Races, got optioned by Warner Brothers and KatzSmith Productions. It’s about an island where people race deadly Irish water horses that emerge from the November sea. Of all my novels, it’s the one I most imagined as a movie, and now that it’s been optioned, every trailer with a horse in it becomes an imaginary trailer for The Scorpio Races.
It gets exhausting.
Last weekend, I went to see The Hunger Games. They showed two trailers with horses in them. Through both of them, my husband looked at me knowingly. My I-wish-those-were-my-killer-water-horses face is easy to identify. Once I got past the fact of the horses, I could get down to my other two movie hobbies.
1) Obsessing about the mood
2) Picking at the edges
Well, OK, as far as we know there are no actual ravens in Shiver author Maggie Stiefvater’s upcoming four-book series, but we are still super excited to see what kind of magic occurs in The Raven Boys, the first installment, due out September 18. Stiefvater, whose flesh-eating horse novel Scorpio Races not only won the prestigious Printz honor but also is also being adapted by Warner Bros., announced the new series this morning.
According to her publisher, Scholastic (that little house that also brought us The Hunger Games), the book is about two very different kids growing up in Virginia. Blue Sargent (name trend!) is the daughter of the town psychic, but she doesn’t really believe the prophecy that she’ll kill her true love if she kisses him. Richard “Dick” Campbell Gansey III is one of the rich boys attending the nearby Aglionby Academy, and despite seeming to have it all, he’s on a search for a mythological Welsh king who will supposedly grant a wish to the first person who finds him. Gansey and his private school friends call themselves the Raven Boys, hence the title. Somehow, these two cross paths.