Colleen Hoover’s novels Slammed and Point of Retreat, both of which were originally self-published before being snapped up by Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books imprint, have been optioned by film producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. While there’s obviously a long way to go before a film version of either book appears, the news marks another example of a self-published writer securing interest from the mainstream entertainment industry.
Slammed is the story of 18-year-old Layken, who finds herself attracted to the poetic Will before learning some dark secrets, and Point of Retreat is a sequel that continues their story. In our review of Slammed earlier this year, we described the bookas “a moving and emotive tale of young lovers facing huge problems”, while we said that Point of Retreat is “character-led drama with some dark moments”.
Before the books were signed up by Atria, they were notable for being infused with the music of folk-bluegrass band The Avett Brothers. With a film in the works, it would seem only natural for the band to feature heavily in the soundtrack. GalleyCat even assembled a playlist of songs that feature in Slammed.