July 17, 2013
Enough already: Veronica Mars book series announced
by Nick Davies
Are you sick of hearing about Veronica Mars yet? Too bad! Rob Thomas, creator of the cult television series, along with Alloy Entertainment, has signed a book deal with Vintage Books to write two books featuring the young private investigator. A division of Warner Brothers Television Group, Alloy has a track record of producing successful YA book series, such as Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries, both of which became TV series on the CW, which also aired the final season of Veronica Mars.
The Veronica Mars TV show and character made news several months ago when Thomas and Kristen Bell, who played the titular character, used Kickstarter to crowdsource funding for a movie about the high school (and eventually college) student who helps her father run his private detective business. In an exclusive for the Hollywood Reporter, Andy Lewis writes that the new books will follow the events of the movie chronologically, and that the publication of the first book will be tied to the release of the film, likely appearing in spring 2014. Thomas is on board to develop and co-write both books.
While this project looks like it’s backwards compared to other Alloy properties, which started as novels before being adapted for TV or the big screen, the move isn’t out of the blue for Thomas, who first conceived of his teen detective as a book idea. He told Lewis, “I started my career as a novelist. Veronica Mars was first imagined as a novel. I’m thrilled that I’m going to get the opportunity to continue telling Veronica Mars stories in a form I’ve loved and missed.”
Andrea Robinson, an editor at Vintage, also talked about her excitement about publishing the series, saying, “Our goal for the book series is to appeal to fans of the show, but also to appeal to mystery readers and lovers of series featuring strong, intriguing female protagonists. Veronica Mars is a contemporary update to the tradition of noir crime fiction that was established by Vintage’s Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, so it’s exciting that we’ll also publish her here.”
Thomas is a sharp and funny TV writer, so it will be interesting to see how his style translates to the page. And perhaps best of all, after 64 episodes, a feature-length movie, and at least two books, fans of the show will have to stop complaining that there hasn’t been enough of it. Won’t they?
Nick Davies was a publicist at Melville House.