Rainbow Rowell, Acclaimed Author Of "Fangirl" And "Eleanor & Park," Joins Marvel For TBA Project

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Acclaimed novelist Rainbow Rowell is working on something at Marvel, according to a tweet from the Marvel Entertainment account this afternoon.

Rowell's 2013 young adult novels Fangirl and Eleanor & Park were highly praised by critics, and Rowell signed a first look deal with First Second books to publish two original graphic novels in 2014, with Faith Erin Hicks on art for at least one, though neither have been released yet. At that time, Rowell revealed that she's a lifelong fan of comics, saying, "My friend lent me the X-MenMarshal Law, Hellblazer, Stray Toasters, The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke…And I just inhaled them. That was it for me. I've been reading comics and graphic novels ever since. And when I started writing novels, comics found their way into my books…. I've always read comics and thought about them and talked about them. And I fantasized about writing them, but that seemed so unlikely. I couldn't imagine a path to that opportunity…. I'm so excited about it. I hope I'm good at it. If you can get good at writing comics by reading them, I'm going to be awesome. I'm definitely taking the project as seriously as any of my traditional novels. My goal is to get to do this again."

Rowell has written three young adult novels, including a 2015 follow-up to Fangirl, Carry On, and two contemporary adult fiction novels. Eleanor & Park was optioned for a movie by Dreamworks in 2014, but in 2016, Rowell announced that the rights had returned to her. Marvel promised to reveal more details about what Rowell will be working on at Book Expo America, during their "Marvel: From Prose To Panels" panel which features R.L. Stine and Margaret Stohl, two authors of prose novels who have recently produced comics for Marvel, so it seems likely that Rowell will be working on a comic project. But what? There's that new Runaways book that they've been teasing for the past two weeks, though it could be something else entirely. So it looks like it's time to speculate: what project would you like to see Rowell take on at Marvel?

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