Waterstones Piccadilly, my beautiful bookish enabler, how I love thee. Yesterday, my lil sister and I went along to the Ransom Riggs signing in celebration of his new release, Tales of the Peculiar, and for his forthcoming movie adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the first book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. The sequels, Hollow City (#2) and Library of Souls round off the trilogy. Tales of the Peculiar is a prequel of sorts and was published a few weeks ago. The first book follows Jake, a boy who has recently suffered a terrible family tragedy, as he follows clues in photographs left by his grandfather. The photographs lead him to an remote island off the coast of Wales where an old orphanage stands, derelict and abandoned. As Jake explores this deserted island and orphanage he discovers that the children housed in it were not entirely normal – slightly peculiar you might say. And also that the crumbling orphanage might not be as abandoned as it first seems…
As lots of you may know, the Pecular series is a brilliantly gothic series, with the best vintage photography interertwined in it’s pages. I love that it’s such a unique book and definitely one that you *have* to read in hardback or paperback. I love that the photography was the trigger for the novel and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all translates onto screen!
Ransom Riggs was joined by the illustrator of Tales of the Peculiar, Andrew Davidson, and it was just a signing rather than a talk/event and so it was pretty short and sweet. We also got given a gorgeous black canvas shopper as seen in the photos! So whilst we didn’t get to hear much from Ransom on the books, we did have a little amount of time to chitchat whilst he signed. My sister and I were intrigued about the movie as Ransom had tweeted about attending the London screening with the cast so we ended up grilling him about that more than the series (sorry guys, I failed in bookishness).
We asked him how it felt to have his debut novel adapted to the screen and what he thought about the casting choices. He replied that it was utterly surreal (I can imagine!) to have his book turned into a proper movie with a worldwide release and that he was delighted with the cast, how he couldn’t have asked for a better Jake than Asa Butterfiled (totally agree btw!) and also the perfect director in Tim Burton. The cast of the movie is properly star-studded with Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Green, Rupert Everett and Judi Dench starring too. It is released in the UK on 30 September so watch this space for a movie review!
Finally, I kept (arguably!) the best news till last! Ransom was accompanied to the signing by his partner Tahereh Mafi of Shatter Me fame. I follow both Ransom and Tahereh on Twitter and absolutely adore Tahereh because of her books and her lovely personality. Also her style is just on point – I can report that her footwear, deep mauve suede heeled boots were fierce as per 😉 She had copies of her new book, Furthermore, on display too and we got that signed too. I can certify that she is absolutely the sweetest person irl – we asked her about their trip to London. She mentioned the screening and how proud she is of Ransom and seriously guys #relationshipgoals.
Furthermore is a bit of a departure from Tahereh’s previous offerings in that it is a middle grade fantasy novel. The blurb: In a world brimming with colour and magic, Alice’s pale skin and milk-white hair mark her as an outcast. For the people of Ferenwood, colour and magic are one and the same. Alice is determined to prove her magical abilities and solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance. To do so she’ll have to travel into the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore. But nothing there is as it seems, and Alice may never find her way home…
I love the cover of the book, it’s so magical and colourful exactly like the blurb describes and seems to me like it has a bit of an Alice in Wonderland vibe around it, probably because of the protagonist’s name and the description of the magical land of Furthermore. I’ll be reading this soon so you can expect a review of this soon too!
Are you a fan of Ransom or Tahereh’s books? Are you planning to watch the Miss Peregrine movie and what do you think about the casting choices? Let me know below! And #StayPeculiar 🙂