Laurie Halse Anderson's 'Speak' will be adapted as a graphic novel(Read article summary)
'Speak' was a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
Laurie Halse Andersonâ€™s novel â€śSpeakâ€ť will be adapted into a graphic novel, scheduled for release in fall 2016.
Anderson will adapt â€śSpeakâ€ť for the new format, with illustrations to be handled by Emily Carroll.
â€śSpeakâ€ť centers on a girl named Melinda who is raped and shies away from speaking after her ordeal, focusing instead on her artwork. The novel was originally published in 1999 and was a National Book Award finalist in the Young People's Literature category. It was adapted into a film starring Kristen Stewart as Melinda which aired on Showtime and Lifetime in 2004.
â€śI have wanted to do a graphic novel of Speak for some time,â€ť Anderson told Publishers Weekly of the new project. â€śOnce I saw how graphic novels were becoming so popular, and given that Melinda finds her voice through her art, itâ€™s the perfect YA novel to be told in this format.â€ť
Anderson said of adapting the novel that â€śthe fun part with this adaptation is figuring out how few words I can get away with. Some of my favorite moments in the novel are those when Melinda canâ€™t speak because she is so hampered by her depression and the hard things that have happened to her. Now Iâ€™ll get the chance to turn that over to Emily, who gets to show readers how those silent moments look and feel. It will be exciting to see her artistic interpretation.â€ť
Meanwhile, Carroll said she feels the challenge of adapting such an acclaimed novel.
â€śThe novel has meant so much to so many people since its release that itâ€™s a lot to live up to,â€ť she told Publishers Weekly. â€śBalancing how Melinda sees the world with the actual world itself is a lot to keep in mind when you're translating that internal struggle to visuals.â€ť
The graphic novel will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.