The IP adaptation boom continues apace, this time with something fun: Alicia Keys is adapting her song “Girl on Fire” into a young adult graphic novel about a 14-year-old girl, Lolo Wright, and her telekinetic powers. Girl on Fire, co-written by Andrew Weiner and illustrated by Brittney Williams, will be published by HarperCollins on March 1st. Though Keys has written two books prior to this one—Tears for Water: Poetry & Lyrics and the memoir More Myself: A Journey—this is her first foray into YA.
“When I wrote ‘Girl on Fire’, I knew I was writing it for that girl in the way back row who needed someone to tell her there’s nothing you can’t do, that nothing is impossible,” Keys said in a statement. “When Andrew and I came up with the idea of translating the song into a young adult graphic novel, I knew that I wanted it to be about a girl coming to realize the strength she’s always had. There’s a little Lolo in all of us—we all have the power inside to do what we never even thought we could—and I’m so proud and crazy excited to be able to share her story with you.”
I can’t wait for the graphic novel adaptation of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” about a 14-year-old ring with telekinetic powers.