Veronica Roth has attended this years Book Expo America to sign Allegiant posters yesterday and gave a speech at the Children’s Authors Breakfast today. I would say it has been very eventful for her the past few days.
The New York Post write an article about Veronica Roth and the upcoming film adaptation of her first best selling novel Divergent.
More than ever, publishers realize movie-ties can propel authors and their books into a whole new orbit.
Last night, Simon & Schuster gave attendees a sneak preview of the movie “City of Bones,” based on the first book in a series by Judith Rumelt, better known by her pen name Cassandra Clare. Some of the cast members from the movie — slated for late summer release — were expected to be on hand.
Veronica Roth is already beyond hot but could become the next young adult author to blast off into orbit.
The 24-year-old author is about to release her latest, “Allegiant,” her third novel published by HarperCollins. The first two, “Divergent” and “Insurgent,” have already sold a combined 3 million copies.
Harper Collins is cranking up the first printing of 2 million copies for “Allegiant,” due out in late October. (HarperCollins is owned by News Corp., which also owns The Post)
Roth’s first book will make its way to the silver screen in a Kate Winslet film from Summit Entertainment in March of next year.
Summit Entertainment is the same studio that turned the best-selling “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins into a mega-hit in 2010.
Collins’ next book, “Year of the Jungle,” an autobiographical tome being written for Scholastic and due out later this year, is about her waiting for her father’s return from the war in Vietnam.
Many of the hottest books are now aimed at the young adult market. Roth’s trilogy centers around a crumbling society in a futuristic setting.
Roth took a quick break from autograph seekers yesterday at the Book Expo America at the Javits Center to chat with Media Ink.
“It’s been pretty incredible,” said Roth. “I certainly didn’t anticipate anything like this when I was writing my first book in my pajamas at my parent’s house,” she said.
It took four years to write the first book and she sold it to HarperCollins when she was still in college focusing on creative writing. Roth said it took her so long to write because “I had to find the right voice for the character.”
As for future movie deals, she said they are waiting to see how the first film is received.
The final book in the Divergent trilogy Allegiant, with be in stores on October 22nd and the Divergent film hits theaters on March 21st