Stranger Than Fanfiction written by Chris Colfer Release: February 28, 2017
Cash Carter is the young, world famous lead actor of the hit television Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime–but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he’s been keeping. What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendship.
Julie's Greenroom Chris as himself (episode 2) Release: March 17, 2017 on Netflix
Ms. Julie and her assistant Gus (Giullian Yao Gioiello) will bring the performing arts to a new generation of kids known as the “Greenies,” played by original puppet characters built by the renowned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
Trollbella Throws a Party: A Tale from the Land of Stories written by Chris Colfer Release: July 11, 2017
It's Queen Trollbella's birthday and she's throwing herself an epic celebration. She has everything a troll girl would want: musicians, magical creatures, carnival rides, a gigantic cake, and more. So why isn't she having any fun? Trollbella knows something is missing, until she meets a goblin boy sneaking into her party. It's his birthday too! When Trollbella decides to share her party, she knows she's finally figured out what is missing. A happy kingdom and learning to give back is the best gift she could've ever received.
The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide written by Chris Colfer Release: July 11, 2017
In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters--heroes and villains--are no longer confined within their world! With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world?
Since My Life Began Chris as Noel Coward Release: tba
A story focused on the early life of flamboyant playwright Noel Coward.
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Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer (Feb. 28)
Colfer (briefly) sets aside his best-selling middle grade series for a second YA novel that stars a popular actor who takes four fans up on their offer for a cross-country road trip. Order it here.
The actor and writer previewed his new work ‘Stranger Than Fanfiction’ at EW PopFest
Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales was just released, but he’s already looking ahead to future literary projects. In a conversation with actress and children’s book author Amanda Peet at EW PopFest on Sunday, Colfer spoke about his new book Stranger Than Fanfiction, due March 7, 2017, and the next release in hisThe Land of Stories series.
Stranger Than Fanfiction, he says, is “about these four kids and they’ve just graduated high school and they’ve spent their whole lives being obsessed with this television show. It’s about these four friends and they decide to go on a road trip to spend the last few days they have together and really celebrate their friendship before they go off to school and as a joke they invite the actor from the television show. He shows up the next day ready to go on the road trip and he instantly is the world’s worst Mary Poppins. He gets them drunk, he gets them stoned, he’s using bad words.”
Colfer, of course, starred in Glee, and while he brought some of his personal experiences to the page, it’s not a direct copy. “It’s not an autobiography by any means, but it’s definitely based on a lot of things that I went through being on a television show… the experiences that I went through being a part of this huge, huge phenomenon were so unique, I thought it’d be a really interesting voice to add to the YA world.”
The novel doesn’t really have a fantasy element to it like his The Land of Stories series beyond the idealization of the television actor, but it does offer the perspective of the fans and the actor.
The next The Land of Stories release, he says, is a work in progress. “It’s in my head,” he told Peet and the audience. “I’m working on the title…I think it’s going to be called The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide. I think that’s going to be the title of the sixth book, and it’s going to be the sixth and final book in the series.” When asked how he knows the series is over, Colfer responded, “I almost don’t know if I decide. I think it’s like this creative alter ego deciding. I think books one through six tell a very good, complete story and I don’t want to drag it on.”
Beyond that, Colfer has a lot of other ideas ruminating, like a prequel to The Land of Stories books or a sequel to Stranger Than Fanfiction depending on how it’s received, but he’s open to other possibilities. He quipped, “I’m sure there’s a saucy adult novel in me somewhere.”
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Imagine if a celebrity agreed to go on a road trip with his fans. That’s the subject of writer and Glee actor Chris Colfer’s latest YA novel Stranger Than Fanfiction, and EW is excited to exclusively reveal the cover.
The protagonist of Stranger Than Fanfiction is Cash Carter, the young and famous star of the hit show Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, Carter surprises them by saying yes. Along the way, the curtain is pulled back on their favorite celebrity as they learn his deep secrets. By the end, they all learn the meaning of true friendship.
Stranger Than Fanfiction marks Colfer’s return to YA after his 2012 novel Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal. Colfer also starred in and wrote the film adaptation of Struck by Lightning and authored the children’s fantasy series The Land of Stories.
The book comes out March 7 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
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