The Forest of Hands and Teeth
"Carrie Ryan's young adult zombie novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth has just been sold to Seven Star Pictures, the studio behind Kristen Stewart's upcoming movie K-11. The novel, which was published in March by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, has been an instant hit with critics and book bloggers. It tells the story of Mary, a girl living in a small village bordered by a fence to keep out the Unconsecrated -- savage zombies intent on destroying the town and everyone in it. Add a little bit of romance and a gutsy female heroin, and you've got a teen thriller to rival Twilight. Rumor has it that an A-list actress is tipped to star in the movie (could it be Kristen Stewart?), and a first draft of the screenplay is being written as soon as possible."
While this might be considered undead news, that doesn't make it good news. I haven't read any of this woman's books, but dumbing down zombies and writing a preteen girls story about flesh-eating corpses is practically sacrilegious. And casting anyone associated with Twilight is criminal. Then, to top it all off, she added some cheesy, high school love story, which I'm sure is more in the foreground than the zombies themselves. Sometimes I pray for a real living dead apocalypse. If Darwin was still alive, I bet he would, too.