'Glee' exclusive: Little, Brown to publish books

After last night’s Glee finale, you probably thought some of the mania would die down for a bit? Not a chance. Shelf Life has learned that Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has struck a deal with Twentieth Century Fox to publish a line of official Glee-related books. (There are Glee books aplenty out there, but they are all unauthorized.) Little, Brown has multiple book projects in the works for its Glee program; the first to roll off the press will be an original novel called Glee: The Beginning. This prequel to the show, which includes a double-sided poster, will hit stores this August.

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  • Candy Weeden

    Can’t wait!!
    Guessing here in Australia we will have to wait a little longer, but I’ll be pre-ordering mine.

  • sam

    Why make a book series on a show that is popular for its music? Its not like the storylines are particularly captivating (almost cliched)and most of the series has more plot holes than plot!?

    • Katja

      This is exactly what I thought. I like the show, but the storytelling is kind of bad a lot of the time.

    • Binh

      Maybe if they do get some good writers to craft some really good stories, maybe they can fold some of these plots into the show, as they can sure use some..

    • hi

      well some people enjoy it! just because you dont………….

  • T

    Why would you want to read about this when the whole fun of the show is the music and performances??

  • alex

    i think its a good idea in a way… if its done right i think itll b a great way to really get to know the characters before glee and find out more about them…

  • SisterZip

    My problem with the books is that they look like they are targeting the ‘tweens’ age group. There is no way I would let my 12/13, hell, even 14 year old watch this. It is inappropriate for them. Its almost inappropriate for adults, lol.

    • Jeremy

      I love the fact that you will not let your 12/13 and even 14 year old watch this because you consider it inappropriate. Yet…in the same sentence, you use the swear word “hell”. Keep in mind that what you find “inappropriate”, others might find entertaining. HELL! Hahahaha!

      • hi

        thats it! dude 14 year old kids are perfectly entitled to watch this. they will be part of this stuff, no more than two years from now.

  • moonbeam

    This makes no sense – Glee is not a show that “young readers” should be watching. If they sell out and start sanitizing the show to make it appropriate for 8-9 year olds then it will simply become another high school musical. I’m sure it will be a hit with the teenyboppers but I won’t be watching.

    • hi

      great(: thats awesome but if you dont like it dont comment.

  • Brock Martin

    Little Brown for Young Readers (LBYR) is an division of Little Brown; Poppy, the imprint of LBYR that is publishing the Glee series, focuses on books for the 12-18 crowd, so I wouldn’t worry too much about targeting the 8-9 year olds. Glee is very different from HSM in terms of plot and themes. I wouldn’t be surprised to see tweens reading these books, of course, but the target audience is probably a bit older.

  • BruceMpls

    They referred to the book coming out as a novel. Perhaps they are trying to do things in reverse of all the other shows/movies. Make the show and then write the book to fit the show. Certainly nothing I will ever buy or read, but the world is all about making a buck where you can and Glee has been milking this thing dry since day one.

  • Alan

    This show REALLY needs to be careful of over-exposure. You’ve got the show, the albums, the concert tour, all of the multitude of TV apperances and now books? Overexposure could easily result in some big backlash. I think they should tame it down a bit. And why bookings? The fun of glee is the music!

  • potch

    I’m all about series have book off-shoots, because it gives fans more of the characters that they love, but unless the books are going to come with music… this makes no sense. The music is what makes this show so great. Without it, it’s just more teen fluff.

    • lele

      I have to agree that the music is the best part, and these books sound like a really bad idea for multiple reasons-but Glee is in no way ‘teen fluff’! What I love about Glee is that its style is much more like teen movies then other teen tv shows of recent years (Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill come to mind). The plots are (generally) realistic. The dialogue can be hilarious, subversive, witty. The kids actually act like normal teenagers. They might look like stereotypes- but the types are then used for comedy, and then fleshed out into real people. Above all, it is totally real about how hard and unfullfilling both high school and show buiz actually are.

  • JessicaF

    I dont understand why this is not a show that teens should be watching? Teens see this stuff every single day at school, worse even. In fact, this IS a show teens should be watching, because it offers another option to the status quo – each of these charecters had evolution this year in which they grew from kids to thinking young adults, considering how their actions or inactions may affect those around us. ALL KIDS could learn something from this show…starting with the concept of compassion for those who are different from us. Even the main protaganist, SUE, shows slivers of compassion – and she gives us the example that underneath the jerky surface, there is a heart that can be utilized, but its always a choice…and clearly, not always do people chose to do whats good.

    • lele

      Sue is the antagonist.

      • googliezoo

        Other than that, though she makes good points. I’d add to it that exposing teens to different types of music from the last 30 or 40 years is a big plus, too. I don’t see how it’s innappropriate at all. Just because it deals with some teen sexuality issues…..so sick of Puritanical views dominating tv. Have a million shows with violence and murders but a little sex…the horror!

  • Jenna

    thats a little od

  • Laura W

    Oh please don’t get High School Musical on us, Glee don’t do that!What’s next bedsheets?

  • Elle

    Did they purposely wait to announce these until the finale was on? Because this info has been online for months. Just curious!

  • shdrew

    A better book would be Sue Sylvester’s auto-bio that was mentioned in the finale, “I’m a Winner and You’re Fat”.

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