Books into TV: Poll for The Selection vs Embrace on the CW (2013-14 TV)

The Selection (The Selection, #1)
So many of you may know that The Selection by Kiera Cass almost made it to the CW last year but was cut for the current 2012 pilots Beauty & the Beast, Emily Owens M.D., Arrow, Cult, and The Carrie Diaries. My sister, who works for the CW69 was lucky enough to see all the pilots in advance. She says that they were all solid but wishes that The Selection was chosen over Beauty & the Beast. Alas, this did not occur. Fear not YA readers! There is still hope! The president of the CW mentioned that they may film it again for the 2013-2014 season. According to Spoiler TV this is indeed happening and filming will begin sometime in 2013.

Kiera Cass also confirmed the news on twitter!


I was really bummed that The Selection didn't make the list this year, but I'm excited to see it in the running for the 2013-14 season. It will join Embrace by Jessica Shirvington, which was optioned a couple of weeks ago by the CW. My spidey senses say that only one YA book will make the roster next year. Which one would you prefer? Poll time!


Lastly, The Selection actually made it far enough to film the entire pilot. It's still undecided if they'll keep the same actors, but you can check out some on-set photos of last year's filming here. The script will definitely be rewritten, and if you're curious if the script was bad then I suggest stopping by Travis Yanan's blog who reviews many potential screenplays.

His thoughts on the pilot for The Selection were actually very positive.

"Guys, I'm in love with this project in a way that I didn't expect to be."

After reading the book (and giving it 5 stars) I can safely say that it's a light, amazing read. I'd love it to be a TV show, but I'm also hesitant now that I've read it. The entire first book could be one episode, which is scary. I'm not sure how they'd make this book into a 22 episode season. I'm sure it can be done, and so my fingers are crossed.


What do you think? Have you read The Selection? Bummed it wasn't a TV show this year? Excited for it to be made again or are you rooting for Embrace? Thoughts below!

10 comments:

  1. I was pro The Selection until I read the book. I think it doesn't work as well for television, which is probably why they had to scrap the first draft. That being said, I've never read Embrace, but I'd love a series like it on TV (Sweet Evil?! I'm still gonna push that one until it happens :))

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    1. The pilot script was actually really awesome. I had read it before I read the book and I loved both. I heard that the actual production quality of the pilot was a big part of the problem. So, hopefully all the issues will be fixed and it'll be picked up soon.

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  2. Hi Krista! That's so cool you used my tweets with Kiera! :) I really, really loved the book and the pilot script. I really wish I could have seen the actual pilot because I heard mixed things about the ~actual production of it. I really hope to see it on the schedule this summer or next fall.

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    1. I'm glad you liked the script! I assumed there was probably a problem with production. It's a large scale task to adapt a dystopian novel, but hopefully they get it right the second time!

      I wish I could have seen the actual pilot too! That would have been awesome. Loved your tweets with Kiera ;)

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  3. I haven't read any of these books but I've heard awesome things about them both and I can't wait to read them !! The premise of The Selection sounds really great so I guess I'll go with this one.
    @Becca I'd love to have a tv show adaptation of Sweet Evil too : Kaidan Rowe !!! !

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    1. I'm in the middle of Embrace. It's fairly good, but you should really try The Selection. It's such a cute read :)

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  4. Yes, the concept of "The Selection" has been done (The bachelor) but I actually liked this book, it's more based on America taking a stand and deciding for herself. Was really hard for me to get into "Embrace" so not sure if I would watch the show.

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  5. It's so hard to pick! I love both books, but I gotta say I love Embrace quite a bit more. I found the mythology/overall story a tad more original than The Selection. If they are going to make Violet in her early 20s, I don't see why they can't pick up both, having The Selection actually be teens while Embrace is young adults.

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  6. I just finished The Selection and I can definitely see what you're saying about it being one episode. But I'm kind of obsessed as of right now, so I'm hoping they find a way to make it into a television show. (:

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