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Universal Studios has acquired the rights to Laini Taylor's young adult novel 'Daughter of Smoke & Bone.' This acquisition follows a bidding war in which at least four studios vied for the chance to adapt the popular piece of fiction; voted Amazon's #1 Teen Book of 2011. 'Daughter of Smoke & Bone' is the first book in a planned trilogy and tells the story of a young art student sent on bizarre missions around the world by her father to collect human teeth. It turns out that she is an important component of an ancient conflict between devils and angels and ends up engaging in a forbidden romance with a warrior angel. No word yet on when casting and/or shooting may begin.
So apparently the box office goldmine that is 'Twilight' is going to dictate studio acquisitions for the next few years. Seriously? A novel, soon to be series of books, about a supernatural conflict in which a human falls into a forbidden romance with a being on one side? Do I really need to say any more? That's not to say the situation is hopeless. I will admit I have never read 'Daughter of Smoke & Bone,' but the story sounds far more intriguing than that of a hopelessly emo girl devoid of personality falling in love with a high school vampire. I like that the protagonist here has an active role in the supernatural conflict instead of just being an accidental participant. It's very hard to judge how a film will turn out by examining its source material, even if you have read it, but no doubt the studio's sole motivation here is to capitalize on the 'Twilight' phenomenon.
Any Spillios read 'Daughter of Smoke & Bone?' Can you lend us some insight? Are you interested in a film version?