Monday, February 27, 2012

Rosaline, The Movie (It does exist?!)

I wrote about this potential Shakespearean trainwreck of a movie last year, and it appears that nobody's yet put it out of its misery.  Now we're starting to get casting details.

Let's just jump right to the good stuff, since it's hidden in a comment on the original post.  Here is the Amazon summary of the book - the *debut* *electronic book* no less - that this movie is based upon.  This woman's got to have connections in high places.

"Rosie knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. They are best friends, next door neighbors, and the soon-to-be cutest couple in their senior class. Rosie has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her--and when he finally does, it's perfect. But just before their relationship becomes completely official, Rosie's cousin Juliet moves back into town. Juliet, who used to be Rosie's best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy...and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn't even stand a chance.

Rosie is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet's instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rosie starts to fear not only for Rob's heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends."
Am I just getting old? Does that story sound appealing to today's teenagers?  It sounds like one of those wannabe trashy young adult novels that I used to see girls carrying around the high school hallways 20 years ago.  Sweet Valley High, was it?

I don't know what's the worst part of the story - that somebody's butchering Shakespeare in the name of a cheap high school soap opera, that somebody's paying good money to make a movie out of it, or that this woman whipped up an ebook (something that pretty much anybody with a computer can do, trust me on this one :) ) and somehow got a movie deal out of it on her very first try. 

1 comment:

JM said...

Don't know anything about the quality of the book since I haven't read it. I'll wait for the movie--which I probably won't see either. It'll have to get in line behind Gnomeo and Juliet, among others, I'm not yet out of pocket for. :-)

Are we really that surprised at the the idea of a--very possibly-- sappy movie? As far as the author's possible "connections", when it comes to making money the old saying applies: It's not what you know--but who.(Especially in show biz)
Just for the record, the book isn't only an ebook. It's set to be released in hard cover and audio cd on May 1 by Simon Pulse publishing, (books for young readers) an imprint of Simon & Schuster Publishers. 352 pages.