The film of How I Live Now is starting to look real.  Not that there’s anything as real as a cast, but we have a wonderful director (can’t say who quite yet) and we have a script and just last week I signed a bunch of very official looking contracts.

For once in my life I actually read the documents — mainly because they were short, though I’m almost positive that one was in French (why would that have been?).   The one in English stipulated that IF I wrote a sequel, and IF the production company wanted to film it, they would get first dibs and I would be entitled to 10% of the shooting budget.  Did someone say ten percent??  Hang on.  Let’s assume a modest £10 million budget, drag in a twelve-year-old to do the maths (here’s a child I made earlier) and all of a sudden I’m thinking my decision NEVER EVER IN A BILLION TRILLION YEARS NO MATTER WHAT to write a sequel to How I Live Now might have been…a little bit….hasty.

Not that I’m ever going to get around to writing a sequel at the rate I’m flying through There Is No Dog.

Oops.  Did I say “flying”?  I meant crawling.  Over broken glass.

Why has nobody taken the wonderful opportunity of worldwide recession to start a business that finishes off books for distressed and bewildered novelists?

I’m taking applications now.

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11 thoughts on “Hollywood, Here I Come!

  1. bookwitch 7 years ago

    I suspect it’s the budget assumption that is leading you astray here. But I’ve just heard from a friend who didn’t like the end of HILN, so a sequel is a possibility.

  2. Kathryn Evans 7 years ago

    Oh Meg, you do make me laugh- How utterly THRILLING! Picked out your Oscar frock yet?

    1. Meg 7 years ago

      Oh lord. You mean I can’t wear jeans????

  3. Candy 7 years ago

    wow, your website now has comments!

    i would definitely reconsider your hasty words. sequelitis, here you come!

  4. Candy 7 years ago

    i love that the message ‘your comment is awaiting moderation’ pops up. i do try to be moderate.

    1. Meg 7 years ago

      Moderation has never been my strong suit…I only have two speeds — fast and off!

  5. Barbaroos 7 years ago

    Don’t. Please don’t write a sequel. Leave it to be the precious jewel it is. You’ll be rich another way.

    1. Meg 7 years ago

      Thanks for that Barbaroos…(not that I was really tempted!)

  6. Angie 7 years ago

    I am beyond thrilled that they’re making a film! I cannot wait to see it.

    And don’t listen to anyone who doesn’t like the end of the book. It’s freaking perfect. 🙂

  7. Bekstah 6 years ago

    I have just finished reading How I Live Now, and I have to say I was totally blown away!!
    I think the ending is ambiguous and doesn’t need a sequel 🙂

  8. Maricela 5 years ago

    I think you should write a sequel. The ending was good but I wish I knew more about what happened with Daisy and Edmond. I wish I could know about their future together and if Edmond ever gets back to normal.

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