There are those who can do it all: act, sing, dance, and write. These multi-talented people and their "can do" attitude brings them to new creative heights – and we are the ones who benefit.
Best known for playing Kurt Hummel on the Emmy-award-winning T.V. show, Glee, the multi-talented Chris Colfer took the literary world by storm with his middle grade fantasy, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, earlier this year. The book became a #1 New York Times bestseller, and was much-loved by our own Chelsey Catterall.
This morning it was announced that the two-time Emmy-award-winning star is adapting his screenplay for Struck By Lightning into a YA novel. Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal is about outcast high school senior, Carson Phillips, who blackmails the popular kids into writing for his literary journal.
According to the press release, Colfer said: “When production wrapped on Struck By Lightning, I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to these characters and was thrilled when Little, Brown asked me to adapt the story into a novel. I felt the best way to tell Carson’s story was through his critical eyes in a journal he kept the last months of his life. So this is a story about adolescence, told through the eyes of a teenager, for other teenagers.”
There is much to be said about teens writing for other teens. With Colfer's sincerity and compassion for the material, both his novel and movie are sure to be a hit.
The film, Struck By Lightning, is set to be in theatres later this year. Colfer stars alongside Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland, and Polly Bergen. The novelization of Struck by Lightning will be available November 20, 2012, but you can pre-order it now.