Not Just for Kids: 'Daughter of Smoke & Bone' -- the movie
Since Laini Taylor's "Daughter of Smoke & Bone" was released in September, the first book in a trilogy about a tattooed, blue-haired angel falling for a winged devil with a "gaze like a lit fuse" has found its way onto the 2011 best books lists of Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com and the Huffington Post.
Now it's being picked up for a movie. Universal Pictures announced Wednesday that it has acquired worldwide rights to the young-adult fantasy novel, publishing rights for which have already been picked up in 25 countries.
"My goal is always to write stories that readers will want to climb inside of and live in, and which -- I hope -- will allow them to just lose themselves in the page," the Portland, Ore.-based author said in a statement announcing the Universal acquisition.
"It is a hugely thrilling prospect to think about Universal and filmmakers translating my world onscreen and giving it a second life in such a grand way. I'm over the moon."
Taylor is the author of three other novels, including "Blackbringer," "Silksinger" and the National Book Award finalist, "Lips Touch: Three Times."
-- Susan Carpenter
Photos: "Daughter of Smoke & Bone" book cover, Laini Taylor author photo. Credit: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers