We've all had that thought. You know, what you would do if you won the lottery?
Well, for Alice, the protagonist of Windfall, it was terrible, terrible news. She suffered firsthand how winning the lotto changed her relationship with her best friend Teddy, with whom she has been in love for years. When she bought him the winning ticket for his 18th birthday, the very last thing she expected was for him to win and to become a total shithead. But that is exactly what happened.
Written by prolific YA Author Jennifer E. Smith, Windfall is the last of her novels which mostly focus on relationships between the young, wild and free. Smith has penned nine other books, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Her work has been translated into 33 languages, and five of her novels are currently in development for film including Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between.
And now is the turn of Windfall to also become a movie.
Lauren Graham Picks Up YA Novel ‘Windfall’ And Will Adapt As Feature
Lauren Graham, the actress best known for Gilmore Girls, (yes our favorite TV mommy ever) has optioned the book and will adapt it into a feature-length screenplay for her production company, Good Game Productions.
This is not the first time Graham has adapted books to screen. She adapted the novel The Royal We for CBS Films, and her own first novel Someday, Someday Maybe for the CW in 2014.
"Last year, Graham released her second book and first work of nonfiction, Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) — a collection of humorous and heartfelt essays that was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for multiple weeks" reported Anita Busch in Deadline. "Her debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, the story of a struggling young actor trying to achieve her dreams in New York City, was called “a charmer of a first novel” by the Wall Street Journal and was also an instant New York Times bestseller."
The fact that Graham is an avid reader and bestselling author herself, may be the reason why she has decided to start adapting books under the umbrella of her production company.
Whatever the reason, it's always good news when a female writer gets to share her stories with a bigger audience, and the fact that it is another female bring it to life makes it even sweeter. Awww, time to order me some pie at Luke's.