Daily Archives: March 12, 2008

YA and Hollywood

We know about Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, but what about this one? While evidently the proposal was, according to this article, leaked all over Hollywood, I hadn’t hear of it in my world of books. The description feels like it is the antithesis of Daniel M. Pinkwater’s The Last Guru somehow.

In contrast to the hauntings of The Graveyard Book is the out-and-out comedy of Daily Show executive producer Josh Lieb’s proposal for a YA novel, I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President. The book — which, we heard, was sold to Razorbill by agent Richard Abate — is the very funny story of Oliver Watson, a chubby Omaha seventh-grader whom everyone believes to be somewhat dull-witted but who is actually an evil super-genius and the third-richest person in the world. The book’s voice is a pitch-perfect mix of smart-ass kid and cartoon villain, and the story follows Oliver as he runs for student-council president in an attempt to impress his hated father. (New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog)


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