4YE’s 2017 Year in Review: The Year Chris Colfer Continued His Take Over Of The Literary World

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Next March marks the third anniversary of the Glee final episode. While many of us mourn the loss of seeing Chris Colfer’s grace, poise, and sass as Kurt Hummel on our screens every week, the multifaceted performer and storyteller has gone from strength to strength since the musical dramedy finished and 2017 was just another stellar year for Colfer.

Stranger Than Fan Fiction

It all kicked off at the end of February when Colfer returned to the world of young adult fiction with the release of his latest novel, Stranger Than Fanfiction. Taking inspiration from his years on Glee, Stranger Than Fanfiction follows Cash Carter, a young, world famous actor from hit TV show Wiz Kids who embarks on a cross-country road trip with a group of fans. Full of the sharp one-liners, intelligent humour, and interesting, though flawed characters that Colfer has become known for, Stranger Than Fanfiction is a delightful look at fame and friendship. However, I’m not sure that any of his readers have forgiven him for that ending… another box of tissues needed? Not unsurprising, the novel was a New York Times bestseller.

Check out our review here.

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Indigo

February was a bumper month for Colfer fans. Not only did we have the release of Stranger Than Fanfiction, but it looked like our dreams of seeing Colfer back on the small screen was going to come to fruition with the announcement of Indigo. It was reported that Colfer, in conjunction with Sonar Entertainment, was developing the sci-fi drama, and that not only will Colfer star in the series, he was also penning the pilot’s script and is rumoured to direct it as well. The series is set to explore “the mysterious world of Indigo children – those who are misdiagnosed but wildly believed to possess extraordinary paranormal abilities – and the dark forces working to exploit their powers.” At the time of reporting, Colfer and Sonar Entertainment were planning to shop it around to broadcast, cable, premium and streaming services. No further news on the project has emerged, but we’re hoping to hear more about this interesting series in 2018.

 

Julie’s Greenroom

During Colfer’s time on Glee, he frequently called for Julie Andrews to guest star as Kurt’s grandmother. While this never eventuated (unfortunately), Colfer was able to cross off working with Andrews from his bucket list when he guest starred on her Netflix series, Julie’s Greenroom in March. The educational pre-school series showcased a different performing art each episode, with a special guest star along to assist the class of puppets in learning the skills associated with each area. Colfer appeared in the second episode, “The Write Stuff”, helping the Greenies write an original show.

 

The Land of Stories movie deal

Fans have been calling for this basically since The Wishing Spell was first published in 2012 so it was with much jubilation when Colfer announced in June that the Bailey twins would be coming to the big screen with 20th Century Fox having bought the rights to the book series. However, the announcements did not end there. In what is probably no surprise to fans, but one that they are overjoyed about, the self-confessed control freak is not only going to write the script for The Wishing Spell, the first book in the series but will also make his directorial debut. Having lived with TLOS world for over a decade now and with what fans have seen of his writing with Struck By Lightning and the Glee episode “Old Dog, New Tricks”, The Wishing Spell is sure to be a treat and we can’t wait to see the story come to life. We are looking forward to hearing updates on the film’s progress over the next year. Now if only we can convince Colfer to have at least a cameo role in the film. We miss seeing his beautiful face on our screens.

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The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide

July brought Colfer’s #1 New York Times bestselling children’s series to an end with the release of the sixth book in his The Land of Stories universe: Worlds Collide. Picking up the action from where we left it in The Author’s Odyssey, Conner and Alex along with all the fairy tale folk find themselves in the Big Apple fighting for the survival of not only the fairy tale world but our world as well. Worlds Collide was a fun, roller-coaster ride of a finale and united all the best elements and characters of the previous novels for a truly spectacular epic battle between good and evil. There is a reason this series has remained on the New York Times bestsellers list for so long and Colfer’s book tours are packed with fans young and old, Glee and non-Glee. You can relive our review here.

As with the release of previous TLOS novels, Colfer embarked on a book tour for Worlds Collide. Taking in 17 cities across the US and a stop in Vancouver, Canada, Colfer entertained fans with book readings, trivia and costume contests, and Q&A sessions.

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Trollbella Throws A Party

Following on from the success of his TLOS picture book spin-off The Curvy Tree, in July Colfer celebrated with everyone’s favourite Troll Queen with the release of Trollbella Throws A Party. Centred around Trollbella’s birthday celebrations, Trollbella and her readers not only get to have fun at her party but also learn an important lesson about sharing and giving back.

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Another The Land Of Stories Book Deal

Just when we thought we were saying goodbye to the TLOS book series and shifting our focus to the upcoming movie adaptations of the novels, Colfer announced that he had signed a new deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for three more books in TLOS universe. While the new series is not a continuation of The Land of Stories story – there will be a whole set of new characters that we will be introduced to – it is a companion piece and will feature some fan-favourite characters (here’s hoping for the return of Mother Goose and Red at least!). Unfortunately, we have to wait until 2019 for the first book in the new series. In addition to the new series, the deal includes the “ultimate insider’s guide” to the series. Luckily the wait for this one is not as long, it comes out autumn next year.

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2017 was certainly a great time to be a Colfer fan with many current projects coming to fruition and the seeds planted for many new, exciting ones. We definitely have plenty to look forward to in 2018 and beyond from Chris Colfer, and that’s just the ones we currently know about. With his creativity and imagination knowing no bounds and his workaholic tendencies, expect plenty of surprises from Colfer over the coming year. We look forward to covering them here at 4YE.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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