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Actress Emma Watson is teaming up with Harry Potter producer David Heyman to adapt a forthcoming trilogy titled Queen of the Tearling which is described as a female Game of Thrones.

The project will be distributed by Warner Bros. Queen of the Tearling’s first book will debut in 2014 and is written by Erika Johansen, who dreamt up the fantasy series “partly” when “the author heard Barack Obama give a speech in 2007,” according to Variety. The story is set 300 years after an “environmental catastrophe when a malevolent Red Queen holds considerable power.”

Queen of the Tearling will be published by HarperCollins, who acquired the rights for a remarkable 7-figure number, according to a report by the Associated Press in February.

In a press release issued by HarperCollins that same month, they described the book as “a female-oriented Game of Thrones that is also an insightful human story whose heroine is grappling with both the daily realities of coming-of-age and the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly–all while simply trying to stay alive.” The story is set “three centuries after a small portion of the human race has populated a landmass that mysteriously emerged in the wake of an environmental catastrophe, the series follows nineteen-year-old princess Kelsea Glynn, who must reclaim her deceased mother’s throne and redeem her kingdom, the Tearling, from forces of corruption and dark magic of The Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of the neighboring country, Mortmesne.”

The author reportedly offers “masterful storytelling, combined with her ability to transport the reader to another fully-realized world.”

Watson can currently be seen in This is the End in a role that pits her against Seth Rogen, James Franco, and other comedians in an apocalyptic setting. Last year she starred in the book to film adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This October she can be seen in Noah. Watson says she plans to return to Brown University at the end of this year, and just this morning we told you she wants theater to be her next “thing.”

Thanks, Variety.

  • Caitlin

    “Female Game of Thrones”…why are we assigning genders to books?

    If what they mean is, a book that has similar themes and plots as Game of Thrones but written to appeal to the female population, then you know what a “Female Game of Thrones” is? GAME OF THRONES.

    Why do publishers, and apparently press release writers, feel the need to pander to girls?

    • Larael

      Truth! They’re telling me that because I am female I must not enjoy Game of Thrones, so they’re going to offer me a version they think I’ll like. Too bad I DO LOVE GoT already, otherwise I’d actually take them up on their offer and give this book series half a chance. No one wants to read something else if they can read the real thing.

    • KleppMelk

      I reacted to that as well. What does that even mean? That the audience consists of more women than men? Last time I checked I have more women friends that openly enjoy the GOT series than men actually.

    • http://Hypable.com/ James Bean

      I completely agree. Reminds me of the “For her” Gillette pen. Because women need for a show to be completely tailored to their sensitive and feminine sensibilities.

    • Amy F

      i’m was also a little put off by that, yeah.

    • Amanda Cora

      I agree. However, I do believe in this case they were referring to the fact it’s females fighting over the throne instead of males. But that doesn’t work either because there are women fighting for power in Game of Thrones. Just publishers trying to attract the more populous sex and not realizing that men and women can actually enjoy the same things or things that corporations label for the opposite sex.

    • TtheOneAndOnlyCliche

      I think the title mistakenly lef out the word ‘oriented’ – as they use in the article. GOT has many wonderful female characters, and Martin is cited as being pro-women-doing-shit-other-than-complaining-and-being-victims, but ‘female-oriented’ makes sense in so far as the main protagonist and antagonist are both women.

      • humanbeing

        But the Twilight books were also supposedly “female-oriented”, featuring a female lead, written by a female author, and yet I’ve seen tons of women lamenting the fact that the main character basically plays a victim throughout the entire series, and tends to be whiny and clingy, all these negative feminine stereotypes. I just don’t think a novel’s appeal should be somehow based on its male-to-female ratio in regard to characters, or based on whether a male or female author is writing male or female characters, etc.

        • TtheOneAndOnlyCliche

          Well, what your describing seems to be more with regards how women are portrayed as opposed to the story itself being female oriented. I’d argue Twilight is neither a feminist work nor is it female oriented – Bella is the only main female character and arguably all the important people in her life are men – even the mother she loves is mostly away with some other man – as for the rest of the women, they’re all either catty/jealous of Bella or too busy with their own love lives to really feature much in Bella’s life at all.

          I agree with you 100% that the novel’s appeal shouldn’t be based on the male-to-female ratio or the author’s gender, of course, but somehow that’s how they’re choosing to sell this – name dropping perhaps the most popular book/TV series on the earth right now, except ‘female-oriented’. That probably seemed like an important distinction to them for whatever reason, though it depends on the reader whether or not the gender of author or protagonist bothers them…it shouldn’t, but the world isn’t free of gender bias.

    • Cora

      I’m fairly certain they’re not assigning a gender to the novel, or saying it appeals to a female population, but could just be that most of the characters in the novel are women. It’s similar to Game of Thrones but most of the characters are women, and girls, rather than it being more guys than girls.

      I could be wrong, but that’s how I read it.

      • humanbeing

        Alright, maybe I was mistaken then and just assuming things without proof. But still, how is it a selling point to mention that the book has more females than males? I mean, does that make the book more relatable to women? Does it make the story more interesting? Would it have made a difference in Harry Potter if Ron and Harry were both girls? Do people think that female authors can’t write convincing boys, or male authors can’t write convincing girls? Look at Harry Potter and The Outsiders; both written by women, both featuring a lot of male characters (in The Outsiders almost exclusively male characters), and both excellent stories, but the authors were basically forced to come up with abbreviated pseudonyms for themselves, because of a fear that boys somehow wouldn’t read a male-centric novel that was written by a woman. It all comes back to these silly stereotypes, that we have to market one form of entertainment for boys and one for girls, rather than just telling good stories and letting people decide what they like or don’t like. Maybe it’s just that this particular project seems to have been cobbled together based on a sort of formula (and sold as a film before we even see if the books are any good) that makes me a little cynical about the whole thing. But this is all coming from a male perspective, so feel free to tell me I’m completely wrong :)

        • Cora

          I’m not saying it makes any difference the way they market it. It was just making a comparison, telling us what it’s similar to, and mentioning that it has more women involved. Like if they were to release a film with a group of women superheroes, it could be noted as a “female Avengers”. It doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the way they’re going to market it/sell it or that it means it’s going to be a “superhero movie for girls”, it simply means there’s more female characters than the Avengers had (and I made this comparison because I know there was a woman in the Avengers, and there’s plenty of women in GoT). I think people are just getting overboard on the whole “gender thing” when it comes to points like this. I don’t think it was meant to be read into. However, when the writer of the article mentions ‘female game of thrones’, Obama, and The Hunger Games, it indeed does sound a little formulaic for “success”, so we’ll see how well this goes

          • Chantal

            Primarily female characters? I doubt that is how they meant this. Especially seeing as HBO’s version of the series does put a lot of emphasis on the female perspectives of Arya, Sansa, Brianne, Cersei, Catelyn, Daenarys, Margaery, Melisandre, Shae… even Talysa, Ygritte and Gilly are given screen time often. How many more main female characters do you need?

          • humanbeing

            You’re right on most points, and I wouldn’t normally make a big deal of this, it’s just that Game of Thrones in particular has been the target of a lot of articles in the last few years, especially in reviews by the New York Times, which basically claimed that no self-respecting woman would ever watch such a show, and then there was a similar article in just the last few months written from a female’s perspective, in which she apparently spoke for most women and listed off reasons why females were turned off of Game of Thrones. And there’s constantly mentions that the viewing audience of the show skews largely towards the males, but a recent poll finds that isn’t true, either; the show is practically 50/50 between males and females. So there’s this perpetuating myth that darker fantasy or sci-fi or comic books won’t appeal to women, and it seems to be making some young girls uncomfortable because they’re being told that what they like is wrong; I always use the example of Penny from the Big Bang Theory, who seems to always be setting the example that nerdy or geeky things should be made fun of, and that what’s really important in life is to be pretty, have a string of boyfriends, and drink yourself into a stupor when things get complicated. It just sounds a little bit like this new story is attempting to fill a vacuum, where no vacuum was actually present. But I’ll shut up about it now and give the thing a chance; I really shouldn’t bash it sight unseen. Sorry for my ramblings today.

  • https://twitter.com/slasher777 Alex

    That sounds interesting. Looking forward to the book.

  • thirstypretzel

    I have never read or seen Game of Thrones, but this sounds interesting. Not to mention I have a huge crush on Emma Watson.

  • siriusismyhero

    It feels like the author/producers are really grasping here – unsuccessfully in my opinion. First mentioning Obama in the first few paragraphs, then referencing a “female Game of Thrones” and describing a book that sounds like the Hunger Games? Sigh.

    • humanbeing

      Yeah, it’s hard when a movie or book promotes itself as being “just like” another popular movie or book. I understand that sometimes it’s a shorthand used to intrigue new readers or viewers (for instance, when A Game of Thrones was first published, quotes of praise from Robert Jordan and other popular fantasy authors of the time were used to generate interest, and when the HBO series came out it was often described as The Sopranos meets Lord of the Rings). Such little blurbs don’t usually capture how complex these stories can be, reducing them to “Blahblah plus Blahblah equals Blahblah”. But I suppose it’s an unfortunate reality of promoting to the masses.

      • Chantal

        If I was George I’d be pretty pissed. How long has it taken him to write the first five novels in his series? And then this series will probably take a year to come out, especially if they are hyping about it already.

  • upper_westsider

    Variety also says “Watson will exec produce”. If that’s true, it’s even more interesting!

    • jkredwine

      Wow. Always interesting to see how and when actors get into the executive-producing game. Even more interesting to see how they use the credit, and whether its a title or a substantive position. I figured if she was in this early she’d have to be producing.

  • Caroline J.

    HAHA sounds like Settlers of Catan cosplay if you ask me ;-p

  • http://twitter.com/smaloy Sarah Maloy

    Game of Thrones IS NOT MALE. (Sorry… I’m ranting.)

    Move along folks. Nothing to see here.

  • Lovisa A

    This sounds interesting when you try to ignore the bad description.

  • humanbeing

    Isn’t Game of Thrones already “female oriented”? With Daenerys, and Cersei, and Arya, and Sansa, and Margaery, and Brienne, and a multitude of other female characters who are strong, witty, self-reliant and brave? Just because it also has copious amounts of sex and violence doesn’t mean women can’t still enjoy the story, right? Sigh. It all harkens back to those misguided articles (sadly, some of them written by women) which stated that Game of Thrones (and pretty much all of fantasy and sci-fi, really) was a boys club only.

    • Chantal

      ^^^ THIS. I didn’t realize by reading and loving this series I was in a frat club. I better stop and join the sorority sisters instead. -_____-

  • Shelly

    Wait…the book isn’t even published yet and we’re talking movies?

  • http://kiradineen.com/ Kira Dineen

    “After the film Noah for Darren Aronofsky, Watson has no other films lined up” Sims posted this two hours before this post. HaHa.

  • Gary65

    Or she could just be in the actual GoT. Half the cast are already

  • BlueBronze

    I’m going to play devil’s advocate here for a second. The “female GoT” may not be in reference to the targeted audience, but to the main characters. Yes, GoT itself has a lot of great female characters, but they are, for the most part, pawns for the men to try to gain power. Maybe in this case, the leadership/main players are female. Don’t cast stones yet, it hasn’t been released.

    • humanbeing

      I can see your point, but isn’t EVERYONE in GoT a pawn in some way or another, or using someone else as a pawn, male and female both? There are men that use women and women that use men, and although on the surface it seems that much of George R.R. Martin’s world is male-dominated, we’ve seen that sometimes that’s an illusion of sorts, with women holding or wielding power in a more subtle or indirect way. That’s kind of what I like about Martin’s writing; he doesn’t tend to make men or women complete saints or complete sinners, and we’ve seen examples of the best and worst from both men and women in the series. You’re right when you say that I shouldn’t judge the books until they actually come into existence, but this campaign ahead of time does seem to be leapfrogging off of the success of other franchises in a pretty blatant way, and it’s hard to see the words “female Game of Thrones” and not believe that it’s referring to a target audience.

      • BlueBronze

        Yes, but in Game of Thrones all of the kings are vying for power. Judging from the brief summary for Queen of the Tearling, a princess is trying to reclaim her power from an evil queen, so women are actually wielding power in this series, not just working behind the scenes.

        • Grace


          • humanbeing


        • Chantal

          GOT isn’t only about a game for becoming king. It’s about gaining power and control. If I’m reading the series correctly aren’t all the female characters playing that game as well as men? I don’t think the females are pawns, I think everyone is a pawn for somebody else. I think Stannis is Melisandre’s pawn, Joffrey is Tywin’s pawn, and for a while Tyrion was Shae’s pawn.

    • Cora

      Thank you, this is what I thought was meant when reading the article. But apparently everyone else is reading a lot more into that statement.

  • Maria Wang

    It’s quite early isn’t it, quite possible that she might drop out or the film will be cancelled? I hope not

  • maggiie

    ooooh I hope she doesn’t step down from beauty & the beat for this~! D:

    • jkredwine

      Isn’t that supposed to be filming this summer? I’m assuming this next project wouldn’t shoot for a while.

  • Ariana

    This description pretty much reads like: “A dragon-less Dany tries to win back the crown from the evil Melisandre/Cersei hybrid.”

  • XP

    Sounds like it might be a fun story but ‘female-oriented game of thrones’? Really? What would you have to do to Game of Thrones to make it more female oriented? It’s filled with fascinating female characters, and has tons of female fans.

  • Cguy

    Wow, they’re now making movies about a book which hasn’t even come out yet! What will crazy Hollywood do next?? -_-

  • Lindsey

    I’m excited for Emma. She’s doing so much and it’s good to see that her career is thriving. I’m not even going to comment on the “female Game of Thrones” rubbish.

  • sherry905

    I’m guessing Emma will play the princess. But since the book hasn’t come out yet, I can still hope that in this story the queen is someone young in her twenties and Emma would play her, because it would be nice if she would change it up a bit and would play the villain for once compared to her other roles in the fantasy/YA genre.
    Also, the princess is 19 years old, and Emma could potentially be playing her character from this trilogy until her late-twenties, so it would be more interesting to see her playing a more adult character as opposed to one who is on the verge of becoming one.

  • Samantha

    Can everyone just calm the f down? Thankyou.

    I can see they mean that the series will be like Game of Thrones but have a lot more female characters and set in a more female dominant world, rather than a patriarchal one – which we all know the game of thrones worlds is based on (despite the great female characters in it) It’s clear that women in that world are viewed as second class citizens and have to wield power in a more subtle way or fight for their power more than men do. It sounds like this series could be set in the future, meaning post-feminist movement.

  • Serah

    “Female version of”, medias nowadays are so lazy, damn.

  • Musician

    I’m pretty sure they just meant it’s a matriarchal society.

  • Chantal

    It has begun! A song of Ice and Fire is getting so big that people are trying to take their audience and put them into another series. (Which is funny since ASOIAF takes ideas from LOTR.) Haven’t we seen this with Harry Potter and Twilight especially? And a female Game of Thrones? Maybe you take it as primarily female characters but I doubt that is how they meant it. I’m a little insulted.

  • Alice

    As someone else mentioned, Watson is supposed to be executive producer on this. About starring in it I doubt she would play the female lead and take on another franchise. But what do I know? She’s been talking about wanting to get into producing films so my guess is that it would be her main focus for this particular project.

  • Glaciusx

    This is disturbing. I love Emma, okay, but planning a movie series before the book has even been released?! That’s crazy. This just adds to what I’ve been saying a couple of weeks back. Lately it seems like books are just being written to be turned into movies and that is not ok. NOT EVERY BOOK NEEDS TO BE A MOVIE. Can’t we just let a book be a book and leave it at that? Also, calling this the “female Game of Thrones” is so ridiculous.

    • Lindsey

      Even if the book gets turned into a movie or series, you’ll still have the book to go back to.

  • Izzy_Lee

    Didn’t David Heyman also get the rights to do Harry potter prior to it being published?

  • greeneggsplusam

    Sounds intriguing, I’ll definitely look into it but…
    1. Since when is GOT MALE?
    2. This doesn’t sound all that GOT-y to me except that there’s a queen involved, but will definitely need more info to judge

  • Ruth

    Could this be JKR under a new pen name to try to gain fans for a new book without it being associated with Harry Potter? She has always said that she wanted to, and that she was writing a new book, and think about it, WB, David Hayman, HarperCollins, Emma Watson, they all put their name to this before the movie was released, which is pretty risky. What’s more, is that they ALL have a pretty large affiliation to the Potter franchise. It may be a coincidence, but maybe not, maybe it’s just a really good book, although my judgment tells me that they are trying to get publicity too much for this to be a REALLY good book, I could be wrong. Although, I have been trying to figure out if this name is JKR switched around like Voldemort is, although it may not be. This is just a suspicion, so yaknow… you can just disregard this.

  • flapper5

    Looks like everyone on this blog post is reading way too much into the game of thrones comparison – read the book then make judgment shall we.

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