'Glee's' Chris Colfer Releasing YA Novel Based on 'Struck by Lightning' Film
'Glee's' Chris Colfer Releasing YA Novel Based on 'Struck by Lightning' Film

"Glee's" Chris Colfer has a young adult novel coming in November, based off of "Struck by Lightning," the indie film he wrote and stars in, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced today.

The book will be released simultaneously in print, ebook and audio on Nov. 20. It follows on the heels of Colfer's just-published children's book "The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell," which debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Children's Chapter Books bestseller list.

The novel, "Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal," is not a straight adaptation of the film so much as an extension of the story told in the movie.

In a release, Colfer said, "When production wrapped, I wasn't ready to say good-bye to these characters and was thrilled when Little, Brown asked me to adapt the story into a novel. I felt the best way to tell Carson's story was through his critical eyes in a journal."

He further described the book as "a story about adolescence, told through the eyes of a teenager, for other teenagers."

The movie is a dark comedy about Carson Phillips (Colfer), who blackmails the most popular students in his school into contributing to his literary journal to help his chance of getting into Northwestern University. It received a strong reception when it debuted in April at the Tribeca Film Festival.

It also stars Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland, and Polly Bergen, and is scheduled for release in theaters later this year.