Did you ever wonder what would happen if Lois Lane's days as a high school student were reimagined for the YA fiction market? Well ... DC's doing it anyway. Next May, Capstone/Switch will release a 300-plus-page novel by Gwenda Bond starring a teenage Lois Lane, entitled Fallout. And here's the official description:
Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over -- and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy …
Yup. Sounds like a YA novel all right. But if you're worried that Lois might be not quite as Lois as you'd hope, you can relax -- author Gwenda Bond is quite a fan. Here's what she had to say about writing Fallout:
Lois is an icon, of course, a superhero without any superpowers...except her unmatched bravery and smarts. Not to mention her sense of humor and her commitment to truth and justice. She's also one of my all-time favorite characters -- which is why I jumped at the chance to write a novel featuring a teen Lois, moving to Metropolis and becoming a reporter for the first time. As I said yesterday, it's been an incredible honor to do this project and work with the fantastic teams at Capstone/Switch Press and DC. And, most of all, to get to put Lois front and center in the starring role, obviously.
And if you still have your doubts, let Gwenda's excited fan photo say more than words ever could.
What do you think? If you're a YA reader, will you give this a shot? Andn if you aren't -- might you dip a toe for Lois' sake?
(via The Mary Sue)