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.