I’ll be the first to admit, that it bothers me when an actor gets a novel published. It’s never due to their talent for writing, but rather the automatic audience they’ll grab. Many of the stars don’t even write the book themselves. They simply sign their name on the top and don’t give credit where it’s due.
So when I heard that one of the actors on the TV show Glee had a book deal for original stories, I was very skeptical. However upon learning a little more about him, I have a little more faith in this one.
The first book in the series The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, isn’t out until July, but a preview of the first few pages is up on the UK version of Amazon. Having put FoxyBingo aside to read it through, I’ve got to say, he’s talented for a 22 year old. More so than I anticipated.
The story opens with two figures from the classic fairytale Snow White. The fair queen is visiting her evil step mother in her prison cell, in a naive attempt to understand her step mother’s past behavior. To which the step mother replies:
“Your story will forever be romanticized… I will continue to be degraded into nothing but a grotesque villain until the end of time. But what the world fails to realize is that a villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.”
Giving the villain a back story is on trend at the moment. Gone are the days of the straight forward fairytale, because good and evil are no longer black and white. And Mr Colfer certainly has this reader intrigued.
The preview stops just after we enter the real world. And in the hidden pages ahead, a bookworm is about to get the shock of her life when she and her twin brother fall into the Land of Stories.
In July I might just go with them.