Alumna's Book Optioned for MTV Series

'The List' by Siobhan Vivian BFA '01 (Writing for Film & Television) is 'ripe for a television adaptation'

February 10, 2014

The List, the 2012 Young Adult novel by Siobhan Vivian BFA '01 (Writing for Film & Television), has been optioned for television by MTV. Screenwriter Liz Maccie ("Make It or Break It") will adapt the book for a TV series and her husband, screenwriter/author/director Stephen Chbosky, has signed on as executive producer. Chbosky, who wrote the screenplay and directed the film adaption of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, will also direct the series pilot.

The book, about the annual fateful ranking of the ugliest and prettiest girl in each grade at Mount Washington High, earned starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, as well as high praise from The New York Times, which labeled The List as "smart, snappy writing."

Chbosky and Maccie offered their thoughts on the strong appeal of this project for them in a recent article in Publisher's Weekly: "What we were most drawn to in 'The List' was Siobhan Vivian's honest, realistic, truthful storytelling," they said jointly. "These are real girls dealing with real issues. The story is compelling and heartwarming, funny and painful, and full of layers, which felt personal yet universal. It is the perfect blend of heart and drama, making it ripe for a television adaptation. We also knew that its unique multi-POV [point of view] perspective would give us a fresh exciting way to create television."

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