Warner Bros. Wins Bid for BEAUTIFUL DISASTER

     July 31, 2012


Warner Bros. has won the bidding war for the YA novel Beautiful Disaster from author Jamie McGuire.  The novel is being compared to the scandalous Fifty Shades of Grey,  but with less kinky sex and a broader box office appeal.  The story centers on Abby Abernathy, a college good girl who makes a bet with Travis Maddox, the tattoo-sporting campus bad boy that either ends with him being celibate for a month or her living with him in his apartment for the same amount of time.  Hit the jump for more on Beautiful Disaster.

THR reported on WB’s pickup of Beautiful Disaster and further informs us that Donald De Line is attached to produce.  Here’s the description from McGuire’s novel (via Amazon):

beautiful-disaster-book-coverThe new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

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  • Leonardo

    Just like Twilight has it slew of imititators, so it wwill be 50 Shades of Grey, that’s sad…

  • eowyn

    I’ve read the book. It sucks. May be a quality film team may improve it.

  • Erin

    Beautiful Disaster is nothing like Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s not YA, either. The comparisons are ludicrous.

  • All

    Is this a REAL premise? Thats not even a story worth publishing…good girl falls for bad boy and she’s internally conflicted about what she wants? At least twilight had vampires…this is just beyond appalling. How this shit goes published let alone optioned for a film!!?? Ick.

  • jasmine

    i fell in love with travis more then abby did is that possible

  • Nat

    I’ve not long started reading this book and so far it’s not too awful….yet.
    The more I read on the more my hate for Abby grows. In my honest opinion, I’m not sure I could really handle watching her on the big screen.