Looking For Alaska, a 2005 young adult novel by John Green, is being made into a television adaptation courtesy of Hulu.
The air date was announced at the “Hulu Presents John Green’s Looking for Alaska” panel at BookCon by executive producer Josh Schwartz. He was joined on the panel by author of Looking For Alaska John Green, screenwriter Stephanie Savage, actors Kristine Froseth and Charlie Plummer, and panel moderator Akilah Hughes.
Schwartz ended the panel’s chat with the exciting announcement that the eight-episode adaptation of Looking For Alaska will be coming to our screens on October 18th this year.
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The novel, which happens to be John Green’s first young adult story, follows Miles- a teen with a crush on a girl named Alaska at their Alabama boarding school. Unlike many romance-centred young adult novels this one is not the tired trope of ‘popular girl finally sees the geeky boy who fancies her’, rather it offers an alternative perspective. The story turns out to be an insightful commentary on the dangers of putting the object of your affection- particularly a woman- on a pedestal.
The actors involved- Kristine Froseth and Charlie Plummer- told attendees of the BookCon that the story’s themes of grief and empathy are what attracted them to the series, as well as being long-time fans of Green’s novel already.
Keep your eye on For Reading Addicts for more news as we have it- including the upcoming trailer!