Everything’s Coming Up Rainbow Rowell: Dreamworks Studios Picks up “Eleanor and Park”

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly
Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly

All of our YA dreams were already answered when John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars was slated to hit the big screen, so now we are just getting spoiled rotten. Rainbow Rowell’s hit young adult novel Eleanor and Park has already touched many hearts and graced best seller lists, but now we will get to see the story translate into film.

DreamWorks Studios seems to love the book as much as we do, because the company has just picked up film rights to the bestselling novel, reports Entertainment Weekly. 

Holly Bario, DreamWorks president of production, told Entertainment Weekly that “Every girl who has read it says, ‘That was me in high school, or that was me in 7th grade…t reminded all of us of our own sort of awkwardness, or family dysfunction.”

It’s no mystery why the off beat love story quickly won over the hearts of DreamWorks studio. Its unique and quirky characters, their budding love story, and the reality of it all speaks to young adults everywhere.

“It’s not the typical story where the ugly duckling is in love with the hot guy. They’re both trying to find their way. They’re both outcasts,” Bario said.

Eleanor and Park takes place in Omaha, in 1986. The story follows the intertwined lives of insecure Eleanor who struggles to cope in an abusive home, and quiet, half-Korean, Park who turns to music and comic books as an escape.

There are some filming questions currently being faced by the studio because, as Bario pointed out to Entertainment Weekly, in the book Eleanor and Park take turns narrating alternative chapters.

“We’re trying to figure out how to do that in a movie. There are all sorts of groovy stylistic things you could do with voice over, or words on the screen,” Bario said.

We predict the struggles won’t be too grand, as Rowell herself is on board to write the screenplay – except being the busy bee she is, she’s already in the midst of writing her next novel.

“We’re patiently waiting for her,” Bario said. Good call. Very good call.

Rainbow Rowell hit the world of Young Adult fiction hard this year, with the substantial success of Eleanor and Park, and her novel Fangirl. Congratulations are in order for Rowell who has certainly had the year of a lifetime – and we have yet another book to look forward too.

Rowell, get some sleep why don’t you?

Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues