Rights Available! Mad Faerie Threatens 'Sleeping Beauty' in New YA Reimagining of the Classic Fairytale

Lexa Hillyer’s 'Spindle Fire,' along with Redbook editor Meghann Foye's 'Meternity,' are both ripe for optioning.
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'Meternity'

The hot books on offer around Hollywood right now include a comedic novel attracting attention–and controversy–and a YA fantasy novel.

Meternity, about a woman who fakes a pregnancy for some "me" time, has gotten a lot of blowback from real moms. (The author has talked about how she coined the word and why she chose to write the novel. Spindle Fire is a re-imaging of Sleeping Beauty. Author Lexa Hillyer just scored a two-book deal for the new fantasy series with HarperCollins.

More on this week's books:

Meternity (Mira) by Meghann Foye
Agency: Gersh

The Redbook editor's lighthearted novel about an overworked New York City magazine editor faking a pregnancy to carve out some "me time" has generated buzz as well as outraged backlash from real-life overworked moms.

Spindle Fire (HarperCollins) by Lexa Hillyer
Agency: UTA

The solo effort from the co-founder of literary incubator Paper Lantern (Legacy of Kings), out in 2017, is a multi-book YA re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty in which the title princess must save her dream realm from a mad faerie while her blind half-sister embarks on a dangerous journey in the real world.

This story first appeared in the May 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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