Viewers should have a double dose of Megan Abbott’s novels on TV in the near future.
Abbott’s seventh novel, The Fever, is a precise look at the angst of teenage girls. The novel has jealousy, hormones, and betrayal as a group of high school girls begin to fall ill with a strange fever, symptoms of which include convulsions and foaming at the mouth.
Grounded in realism, The Fever explores the girls’ complicated friendships and unspoken rivalries. The adults want to blame something—from HPV vaccinations, toxic pond water, and female trouble.
The Fever was one of the best novels of 2014. And now it may be a TV series.
Sarah Jessica Parker's company Pretty Matches Productions is developing a MTV show based on The Fever.
Abbott will work with Parker and producer Karen Rosenfelt (The Book Thief, The Devil Wears Prada, and Twilight). Abbott will also write the pilot episode.
In a statement issued by Parker and Pretty Matches Productions: “We are thrilled to be working with Megan Abbott, one of the most exciting voices working in literature today. A master of suspense, Megan’s drama is a searing portrait of the female adolescent psyche that is on haunting display in her gripping novel The Fever.”
But wait, there’s more.
According to reports, Abbott will develop a series based on her novel Dare Me for HBO. She will be writing the pilot episode for the series.
Dare Me also is an unsettling look at teenage girls and is set in the world of cheerleading.
Years ago, Charlaine Harris, at left, put her librarian heroine Aurora Teagarden on vacation.
Harris had a few other ideas in mind she wanted to tackle.
Something about vampires and a waitress named Sookie Stackhouse. You may have heard of those novels. I think there was an HBO series, too? Something about True Blood.
Aurora’s vacation seemed permanent as Harris went on to other projects.
But Aurora will return. According to Publishers Weekly, Harris will do two more Aurora Teagarden novels for Minotaur. The last Teagarden, Poppy Done to Death, was released by Minotaur in 2003; the new novels are set for 2017 and 2018, according to Publishers Weekly.
I loved this series, which featured six novels, and applaud Aurora’s return. Aurora is a young librarian who regularly meets with a group who study unsolved crimes. Naturally, those crimes have a way of being solved during the course of the novels.
On the surface, the Aurora novels seem to be very light and cozy—even her name suggests that. But Harris had an uncanny knack for adding just the touch of needed darkness to these novels.
And now fans of Aurora will have a double dose of the librarian. The series is the basis for two made-for-TV movies—and I hope there will be more—on the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.
Candace Cameron Bure stars as Aurora. A Bone to Pick, the first Aurora, aired in April, but you can catch it in reruns and on demand.