Disney to Develop Young Adult Novel MATCHED

     September 15, 2010


Chalk one up for great expectations.  Disney and Offspring Entertainment have won a bidding-war with Paramount to secure the rights to the yet-to-be-released first installation of the Ally Condie young adult novel trilogy Matched.  The novel, which isn’t available until November 30th, is set in a society that “dictates what people read, watch and believe.”  Based on that bit of information, it sounds like Disney is a perfect fit for the material (Note: my cynicism doesn’t take away from my love of Beauty and the Beast).

Per Variety, Matched, “with its love triangle and young characters, is being described as yet another potential Twilight for Disney” (recently, the studio also picked up the rights to Lauren Kate’s “angel love triangle” Fallen for similar purposes).  This sounds great because if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s young girls thinking their lives could ever be complete without having a good man to take care of them.  All snarkiness aside, to learn more about what to expect from Matched, hit the jump for a quick synopsis of Condie’s novel.

matched_imageHere’s the brief synopsis [via Amazon]:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

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  • A113

    There is a hot turd in my WC better than this piece of crap…

  • A113

    There is a hot turd in my WC better than this piece of crap…

  • Andrea Moss

    There is a hot turd in my WC better than this piece of crap…


  • WhosScruffyLookin?

    From what I can tell, this seems to have a deeper meaning than what Twilight attempts to accomplish. It’s more about society and going against social norms or the status quo, with the two love interests representing a deeper desire than just who she wants to make out with.

    Just my two cents.

    • http://www.collider.com Jason Barr

      I hope you’re right. Only time will tell.

      Thanks for reading!

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  • Icelandgirl

    I read the book, and I think it’s amazing! The first chapter I thought “Oh god what a waste of money”, because i didn’t get what was going on. But as i read on i became unable to stop reading. I hope there’s another on the way!

    • femalecow

      that is EXACTLY what happened to me, but in my case i was reading it because i chose to read matched for school but anyway…..amazing book

  • Lauren

    I loved this book! I would much rather prefer this book was not made into a movie. Especially by Disney. This book does have more depth than “a girl is supposed to be with her best friend but she falls in love with a rebel”. There is so much more complexity with the whole society that I can’t imagine little 8 year old girls comprehending. It angers me to see that Disney may turn this book into another “twilight”. Speaking of twilight, this book can not compare to the poorly written twilight. I just want one of my favorite books to just stay a book. It really does not need to become a stupid movie with horrible actors that is only considered a good quality film to 8 year old girls who think they will only be happy if they find a sparkly fairy vampire to sweep them off their feet. Sorry for the rant. Damn Disney. I will NOT be watching this movie.

  • Annya

    I can’t imagine having the book as a movie, because, though I like the book and all, but it’s just not meant to be a movie. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the series and shall be buying Crossed, but I don’t think it will win the hearts of all the children, because of some mature themes, and some complex storylines. Unless they strip down the movie until the most complex bit is Cassia choosing her plainclothes, or her pajamas for bed.

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