Not Another Middle Grade Book

4902826543 f2d2948177 Not Another Middle Grade BookOn September 7, 2010, the first book in a new fantasy trilogy hits stores. Although it’s meant for a middle grade audience, I’ve been excited about this novel ever since I first explored the website for this novel, so I’m really happy to be able to present my first guest post, written by the co-authors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson to you today. Oh yeah, and the book that they are about to release is called The Familiars. Now, without further ado, I leave you the post by Adam and Andrew. Enjoy!

Back in 2000, when we were writing screenplays into the wee hours at various coffee shops around LA, the two of us decided to try our hand at a spoof of teen movies. As fortuitous timing would have it, that script would become 2001’s “Not Another Teen Movie.” This led to years of writing on the MTV Movie Awards, working with comedic talents such as Jimmy Fallon, Jack Black, and Andy Samberg. For much of the 2000s, we continued to write comedies geared towards the teenage audience. But the funny thing about the two of us becoming comedy writers was that we never really thought of ourselves as writing in that genre. We kind of fell into it. And in Hollywood, once you have success in a particular niche, studios pigeonhole you into a box. After “Step Up” turned out to be a sleeper hit, we got a call on Monday morning from two different producers asking us to write a spoof of dance movies. With the huge success of “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings,” it was inevitable that we would be asked to write a spoof of fantasy movies. And sure enough, we were.

But it wasn’t a spoof of those movies that we wanted to write. It was those movies. 4902814599 ebd5979f38 Not Another Middle Grade BookFully aware that no studio or producer was likely to come offering us an adaptation of a fantastical book or property, we decided to create one ourselves. That’s what led us to write The Familiars. Finally, we were creating the kind of material that the two of us really came to Hollywood to create. Something imaginative and adventurous, like the fantasy books we grew up loving and Spielburg films we’ve watched dozens of times.

The moral of the story is simple. We’re writers, which gives us the unique ability to write. Someone puts you in a box, write yourself out of it. You control the way people perceive you. For years, we were the spoof guys and the teen movie guys. Well, now we’re the author guys who wrote that middle grade fantasy trilogy and are adapting it into a 3D animated movie.

You can learn more about The Familiars at and by checking out the brand new book trailer below:

I hope you like the trailer and the guest post, which explores how Jay and Adam went from writing movies like ‘Not Another Teen Movie’ to writing a brand new fantasy adventure novel. I for one think that the hand drawn animation adds a special touch to the book trailer. What do you think? If you like a good middle grade read or know someone who will, then you’ll be able to find it at bookstores everywhere (and online) on September 7th, 2010!

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