THIS IS AMAZING NEWS. Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are adapting a film version of novel The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, a.k.a. the geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself. I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time, so I expected to like this book – the story of an American student who falls in love with the future king of England – but where I expected a fun, fluffy romance, I found a rich, complex novel, and I loved it.
I also love the idea of Whitman starring as Bex. Who do we think should be Nick????
TV Guide and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that the CW has ordered a script for Lauren Graham’s proposed TV series adaptation of her debut novel Someday, Someday, Maybe, about an aspiring young actress in 1990s New York. Graham herself is writing and executive producing, along with Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. If you missed it, you can read my review of the book here.
Someday, Someday, Maybe, a novel by actress Lauren Graham, is about a young aspiring actress in 1995 New York. I’ll admit that whenever I see that an actress (or other celebrity) has written a book, I’m immediately wary, so let me first say upfront that I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this novel. The writing was decent, the characters felt very real, and the plot, if a little predictable at times, all held together. It took me a little while to warm up to the book, partially because it just wasn’t the type of thing I was in the mood to read (but there’s a waiting list at the library, so I had to take it when I could), and I spent a fair amount of time exasperated with main character Franny – but then, what early twenty-something trying to find herself doesn’t exasperate the people around her? By the end, though, I genuinely cared about Franny and her friends, partially because they seemed to actually learn and grow through the course of the novel.
Because the book is about an actress, I’m sure there’s speculation about which anecdotes were actually drawn from Graham’s life or the lives of her friends; while I tried not to assume anything about the veracity of specific characters or incidents, Graham’s experience in the field shone through in the way she portrayed auditions, agency meetings, and more. And I found myself begrudgingly charmed – and sometimes thinking “hey, that’s useful” – by some of the aphorisms and life lessons that Franny learned and tried to adopt in her quest for self-improvement.
Graham herself is already adapting the book for television, and that’s a project I really hope will come to fruition. I don’t know if Graham had that in mind as she was writing, but if nothing else, I think her long experience on TV led her to write something that will lend itself well to the format. And unlike many standalone novels, the premise and plot of this one are open-ended enough that I can imagine an ongoing TV show that would be both interesting and faithful to the book. I’ll let you know if and when I hear any news about the potential show!
It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.
Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.