Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle Comes to TV

By Carl Slaughter: Tor.com reported last week that the rights to Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle have been acquired for television.

Stiefvater tweeted the announcement this morning, saying, “I thought this was still a secret, but I GUESS NOT ANYMORE.”

And Tor.com contributor Molly Templeton immediately set about matching actors to parts in “Dream Casting The Raven Cycle”.

Stiefvater’s series consists of —

  • The Raven Boys (2012)
  • The Dream Thieves (2013)
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (2014)
  • The Raven King (2016)

THE RAVEN BOYS

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

THE DREAM THIEVES

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys – a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface – changing everything in its wake.

BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.

Mothers can disappear.

Visions can mislead.

Certainties can unravel.

THE RAVEN KING

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

PRAISE FOR THE RAVEN BOYS

  • “Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought. The only flaw is that this is Book 1; it may be months yet before Book 2 comes out.” – Kirkus, starred review
  • “. . . the book is marvelous, for not only is it filled with marvels, it is also a marvel of imagination and, more prosaically, structure. Rich, too, in characterization, this fantasy/mystery rises to the level of serious literature” – Booklist, starred review
  • “It’s a tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “The Raven Boys is an incredibly rich and unique tale, a supernatural thriller of a different flavor . . . The Raven Boys delivers.” – School Library Journal, starred review
  • “Amid well-paced, suspenseful plotting intriguingly overlaid with history, myth, and legend, Stiefvater creates a compelling human drama of boys whose privilege or lack thereof colors all of their interactions.” – Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books, starred review
  • “Stiefvater not only weaves a suspenseful tale of Blue’s involvement with three such boys and their quest for the grave of an ancient king, but she also does so stylishly, with sly social commentary.” – The Washington Post
  • “Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book 2.” – Entertainment Weekly
  • “Stiefvater is a master storyteller.” — USA Today
  • “A dizzying paranormal romance tinged with murder and Welsh mythology.” — The Los Angeles Times
  • “Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top . . . Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons.” — MTV.com
  • “Patton is masterful with the suspense and the mysticism and seductively plays the emotional line of real and imagined events. Don’t miss this compelling listen” – Audiofile Magazine

PRAISE FOR THE DREAM THIEVES

  • * “Richly written and filled with figurative language . . . this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder.” — Booklist, starred review
  • * “Mind-blowingly spectacular . . . Stiefvater’s careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it’s the complicated characters . . . that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * “A paranormal thriller . . . this installment [is] more tense and foreboding than its predecessor — and every bit as gripping.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * “A complex web of magical intrigue and heartstopping action.” — The Bulletin, starred review
  • * “Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase will want to spend more time in Henrietta.” — School Library Journal, starred review

 

2 thoughts on “Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle Comes to TV

  1. My family listened to Stiefvater’s Scorpio Races a couple of years ago, and we hoped it would get optioned for a movie (it has) but I guess many of her stories have been optioned; I hope her way with words gets her a movie some day.

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