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Shiver, more teen romance with animals

Shiver.jpgShiver marks the next film to leap on the bandwagon of films that have captured the desired teenage demographic. With the Twilight series doing so well and other projects being talked about that cover similar ground, the production company Unique Features has bought the rights to a similar story.

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), tells of a romance between a teenager who becomes a wolf each winter and his girlfriend who, apparently, helps him find the secret to becoming human again.

Surely that's going to be love, and not as I might have hoped, terrorising and eating her family for example. Yes, it's another teenager in love with a strange creature story which is really there to show the angst that teenagers face in this big, bad world, while trying to force some moral message down their throat, showing naked fit men, and filling it with non-teenage actors who aren't really great role models themselves.

Did I break into a rant there? Maybe a little.

The story from Variety tells is that Shiver is the first of a three book series that will be adapted for film. This first novel was on the best seller list for some six weeks and the next novel, called Linger, is due next year. The deal is for all three books, so expect a trilogy, if the fad hasn't died down by then.

Bob Shaye, one of the production names behind the purchase, had this to say:

”I'm not the biggest werewolf or vampire fan, but the author has a strong take on a young adult sensibility...”

Young adult sensibility? Let me translate, teenage angst. However he assures us that it won't be what we're thinking, it won't be all that Twilight screaming nonsense.

”...It's also a sexy love story that isn't too over the top.”

I bet. We'll wait and see.



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