I actually appreciate that Disney has finally realized what so many other studios have not yet — that the massive success of Twilight is less about the presence of vampires and wolves as it is about the love triangle, specifically a story that centers on a woman being fought over by two men. It’s the love story, damnit. Tweeners and their mommys aren’t wearing Team Vampire and Team Werewolf shirts, they’re wearing Team Edward and Team Jacob.
And so it goes that Disney — instead of developing yet another vampire movie — has purchased the rights to the Lauren Kate’s Young Adult novel, Fallen. The logline: “The contemporary story centers on an alienated girl torn between two charismatic young men, unaware that they are fallen angels who have battled over her for centuries.”
THR also notes that angels are apparently the next trend in young-adult fiction, which is perhaps smart — there’s not as much identified angel mythology for authors and filmmakers to fuck up. Plus, they’re already glowy, so there’s no need to add glitter in the mix.
There are no principals attached yet, nor even a screenwriter. In fact, the book is just released this week, so who knows how decent or lousy it is. I have a soft-spot for YA fiction, but this sounds kind of like one of those dick-veined, wind-in-your hair trashy romance novels for teenage girls, and I’m not really down with that.
At least they’re reading?