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The Official Option Announcement

Gentle Reader, I thought you might like to read the official announcement of the Parasol Protectorate deal. It appeared recently in the PW Lunch as follows . . .

NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger's SOULLESS, a humorous Jane Austen-style steampunk fantasy about an avowed spinster who, being soulless, can negate supernatural ability and is thus shunned by London's society vampires until one rudely attacks her, upsetting the social balance and revealing a dark cult, to Parallel Films with screenwriter Ted Elliot (Pirates of The Caribbean and Shrek) attached, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency, Michael Cendejas of Lynn Pleshette Agency, and Wayne Alexander of ANLF.

And, one more time, what does this mean?

The announcement says SOULLESS in actually it's all 5 Parasol Protectorate Books that have been optioned for TV. Also, FYI, in legal speak "film" means TV, Movie, Mini Series, theater, any or all. My books were specifically not optioned for a movie.
  • What is an option? An option right to try to raise backing and interest from Talent (writer, director, actors) to try to put together the possibility of some kind of show. In this case a television or mini series.
  • Who got it? Parallel Films is a small but lovely independent film company out of Ireland has optioned the Parasol Protectorate series for one year with a possibility of re-upping for two. They are behind such projects as Breakfast on Pluto and Kingdom. Screen writer Ted Elliot is interested, but I think the announcement might have overstated his involvement.
  • When? Could be within the next two years, could be never. Unlikely to hit airways for some time. That's how options work.
  • Were? Should the project come together, the pitch would go out to both UK and US film stations, both network and cable. Yes, that would include the BBC but there is no guarantee they would pick it up.
  • Why? My suggested pitch was: True Blood meets Downton Abby ~ only funny. We shall see if they use it.
  • How? My books have two things working against them, which add up to the same end result. 1. They are set in the past in exotic locals. 2. They have fancy steampunk elements and lots of supernatural special effects. 3. Result = expensive.
So? Am I thrilled and very excited, yes indeed. But it's best to be only cautiously optimistic about such things.

Others discuss the option.

The Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group discusses casting.

And now I have a novel to write and edits incoming. Next week looks to be busy in that typeity-clackity staring-at-screens kind of way. An author's life is so much frantic on the inside, stationary on the outside. No wonder we have a well deserved reputation for going insane.


Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Captive Land Animal

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Fixing a Stalled Scene

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. Gotta get these peeps floating.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

Book News:

Quote of the Day:
"Not only did Isabel frequent Turkish baths and spend days on end in harems, but she had taken to smoking the narghileh, or water pipe. Her fondness for wearing man's dress when she went traveling with Richard, especially, was considered not just eccentric, but thoroughly reprehensible."
~ Famous ambassadress Isabel Burton or Brazil and Damascus in the 1860s, about whom a movie would be wonderful

Daisypath Wedding tickers


Film option

Huzzah!! I hope they do it justice!

Re: Film option

We shall see.
Thank you.
[:: wild cheers ::]

Awe, thanks hon.
Woohoo! Congrats!

And dear god an Isabel Burton movie would be utterly brilliant.
Thnak you, and agreed. But since they optioned for TV, unlikely.

Yay! Yay yay yay yay yay!

Oh, I'm so excited to see the movie. I hope there'll be more than one! So cool!

Re: Yay! Yay yay yay yay yay!

Thank you!
This has got me so excited/nervous.

**Loud shrieks of Delight!**
I don't quite understand this question, so forgive me if this sounds condescending? There are hundreds of conventions all over California, generally genre specific (romance, SF/F, mystery, steampunk). Most are happy to have authors as guest if that person is a legitimate published author (generally not self published) or otherwise has something to offer (academic, agent, editor, etc). Usually, this will mean the author's pass is covered. Travel, room, and board will be at the author's own expense. Authors contact the convention via the programming segment on the webpage. Expos, trade shows, larger pro cons, and industry events are different. Generally, authors have to be invited and their publisher or publicist gets her in and often puts her up. I have a blog about conventions here: http://gailcarriger.livejournal.com/159268.html
Before you attend any convention as a guest, it's my belief you should attend one (at least) as a fan to experience what they are like. And to be come a legitimate member of the community. Otherwise you may come off as exploitative.
I came across your books because of Kristin Nelson's blog! And fell in love with them of course. Congratulations to you both! So exciting!
Thank you! That's a great way to be found, she's a wonderful agent.
Ooo, shiny. I wish you and your work the best of luck in seeing that come to fruition.
This is entirely off topic, but I just picked up Blameless again for some badly needed comfort reading and the fight scene in Monsieur Trouve's house with the inexplicably French sounding clock never fails to make me laugh until I cry. Never.

Thank you.
You are more than welcome, I suspect you can hear me chortling evilly to myself in the background. I was, perhaps, overly please with my Quooo noise.
May I extend a careful congratulation in your direction?

I am certain you are absolutely and entirely rather pleased with this potential, or should I say optional opportunity.
Well done, Alexia and you deserve it.
We both thank you!
Hi Gail,
I wanted to ask. You say that the next two manga volumes will only be available through a subscription to Yen Press, but will they ever be available in a print edition? I only ask because I live in Australia and Yen Press is U.S. only. I'll never be able to read the next manga at all if they're only available through Yen Press.
It seems an awful shame if I can't get them, I loved the first one so much. :)
Please see my website FAQ #2.http://www.gailcarriger.com/faq.php
Thanks Gail! Looking forward to them! :D
Casting note: having witnessed Paul Bettany as Jarvis in the Marvel movies, I can now entirely see why you think him a good choice for Akeldama.

I am excited more because no matter what happens any kind of adaptation is going to put these books into spotlight, and might make the creative side of fandom more lively with discussion, fic, etc. Especially if someone big is snagged for a role--like, for example, Tom Hiddleston. One can hope this will happen.

Also more people reading quality books is always a good thing. I'm really hoping the right team gets together for this, Milady. For your sake if not ours. <3

Edited at 2012-08-02 04:03 pm (UTC)

Etiquette And Espionage

Thoroughly enjoying your new book. Thank you for keeping the London of my dreams alive.

Re: Etiquette And Espionage

Thank you!

Re: Etiquette And Espionage

My pleasure! Thanks for reading it.