After the news a few weeks ago that Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris was bought by MTV, it's not a surprise that they're adding another YA Book to their adaptation list. Blackwood by Gwenda Bond has been optioned by MTV. I feel a competition coming along between the two. My spidey senses think only one script will likely see airtime. The CW is having the same showdown between The Selection and Embrace this year. So let's dissect the warring titles, shall we?
Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
Producers: Kelsey Grammer and Lionsgate Productions
Goodreads Rating: 3.49 (300 ratings)
Genre: Paranormal Mystery/ Contemporary Romance?
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Main Character: Miranda Blackwood (Age in Book: 17 TVShow: 19)
Location: Roanoke Island
Basic Plot: Solve the mystery of the disappearance of 114 people in an island
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Producers: Kevin Cornish (Are We Done Yet?)
Goodreads Rating: 3.91 (3,616 ratings)
Genre: Paranormal Mystery/ Science-Fiction Thriller?
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Main Character: Janelle Tenner (Age in Book: 17)
Location: San Diego, California
Basic Plot: Stop the countdown to the end of the world
Blackwood vs. Unraveling
It seems like MTV has a tough decision on there hands. I really do only think one of these will make it to air since they are both similar. Both have a mystery feel and involve FBI or some sort of federal agents. I'm reading Unraveling right now and I have to say it's really good and would fit nicely into the MTV canon. However, I haven't read Blackwood so I'm not a fair judge to choose between the two. I do think that a Roanoke type show would be cool. But I'm just worried that missing persons plotline would drag slowly over an entire season. Blackwood also has the support of bigger name producers with Kelsey Grammar and Lionsgate. It's a toss up really! Basically I'm leaning towards Unraveling but still undecided.
What do you think? Have you read either book? Which would you prefer: a mystery to solve the disappearance of missing people or a mystery to solve a countdown to the ends of the world? Sound off below!