This month The Selective Collective read The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle.
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now… not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them…
The gals and I at Selective Collective decided to upgrade our “Casting Call” feature; instead of just picking who we’d like to see cast in the roles of our monthly books, we’ve decided to expand this and talk about different features of the book that we think would incorporate well onto the screen. This can range anywhere from casting to setting to music to… well, anything!
As I was reading The Infinite Moment of Us, I didn’t really get a movie vibe from it. There was almost too much going on, some things that I think would nicely flesh out, and some scenes that, if put into one feature length film, would make it rated a little higher than most teens are able to see!
So… naturally I thought “What if this was a TV show?”
It’s worked with several popular books: Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl… And while yes, those are book series, I think the basis of The Infinite Moment of Us would be a great start to a TV series.
Here are some of the things that I think would really make it POP on the small screen:
Teen angst – I don’t necessarily mean this in a negative way. Wren and Charlie both have some angst that they deal with that isn’t fixed overnight. Their problems are continuous and they are having to deal with them on a daily basis. The angst also changes as the story continues, which, as we know, makes for excellent TV.
Family drama – Both Wren and Charlie have their own issues with their families. Wren’s is too controlling and often overbearing, thus making her “rebel” in her own way. I would love to see this played out through a television series. Charlie’s family is more of a “new” family situation… not really in that suddenly there are foster kids, but it’s a family dynamic that’s fairly new to TV – I think it would make for a great twist to see how the foster system has affected Charlie.
Sex – What is a hot teen show without sex? In The Infinite Miracle of Us, sex is not shied away from. In fact, one of the main themes in the book is a developing sexual relationship. I feel like (and maybe I’m wrong) that movies based on YA novels like to go for that PG-13 rating. And, if there’s a sex scene in it, it’s pretty tame and they’re limited. To fully show Wren and Charlie’s developing sexual relationship, I think it would be better on a TV show so it’s not all the time in your face sex. (which… that wasn’t really how the book was)
Crazy Ex-gf – Okay… I super love teen TV shows with crazy ex-girlfriends. This was an easy one because I think Starrla’s character could easily be fleshed out in a TV show to a) make her a better developed character and b) to show you just how cray-cray this biotch actually was.
Another thing that this book could really benefit from being turned into a TV show is MORE after the ending. Not to get spoilery, but this is one of those books that has a very open ended ending. I love these sometimes because it let’s me imagine what could happen next to characters we’ve spent 300 pages getting to know. I feel like TV execs would have a field day with it too.
So there you have it. Coming to the CW this fall, based on best-selling author Lauren Myracle’s novel, The Infinite Moment of Us!
Okay, it’s not really coming this fall…
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