Emma Watson to star in film adaptation of upcoming fantasy novel The Queen of the Tearling

by |March 10, 2014

Have you heard of The Queen of the Tearling?

No? Neither had I. In fact, it hasn’t even been published yet. But Emma Watson has heard of it. And so has the producer of the Harry Potter films, David Heyman. They were both given the manuscript to read.

“I had kind of said I would never do a franchise again, so I was desperate to hate it,” Watson said in an interview with Wonderland magazine this month.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep for about a week because I couldn’t put the bloody thing down. It would be fair to say I became obsessed with the role and the book. Now I am executive-producing it.”

Watson has previously made it clear she will only dedicate herself to films with a strong script, so we can only assume that The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, has a remarkable narrative, honest characters and is extremely addictive. Particularly since she signed on nearly a year in advance.

As stated on her website, “In terms of the type of parts I am drawn to, I need to be interested in the role, and who I would be working with.”

Emma WatsonThat being said, we now know why David Hayman approached Emma Watson about the film and why she agreed. It takes a special someone to see the greatness of a book, or seven. David Heyman saw something so special with the Harry Potter series that he wanted to bring them to the big screen, and it didn’t disappoint.

In an interview with Yahoo.com Emma Watson nails the character quality of the protagonist Kelsea Glynn, and why The Queen on the Tearling by Erika Johansen, is not only the next big blockbuster, but it could be THE fiction debut of 2014.

“I play all sorts of different types of characters and no one is perfect. I would hate to play a sort of nauseatingly perfect person as well. You want to play someone that you feel is relatable and real and who makes mistakes and has fears and doubts, insecurities.”

This is a book for lovers of Game of Thrones and, because of its strong female lead, lovers of The Hunger Games too. While set in a time three centuries ahead of us, it has all the hallmarks of compelling historical fiction, and initially feels very much like it’s set in medieval times. Ruled by the cruel and vicious Red Queen, there are only two levels of society, and you can guess which one benefits from the medieval systems in place.

The book’s genre will be listed as fantasy, but it really should be in the women-are-really-kicking-butt-at-the-moment category, which keeps getting bigger. Just look at Emma Watson!


Hayley Shephard is contributor to The Booktopia Blog and loves reading about history, fantasy and hot men (with big big muscles).

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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