Looking for Alaska, the debut novel of author John Green, is a coming of age story that deals with grief, hope, and the search for life’s meaning.
Given the popularity of Green, who, in addition to writing books such as The Fault In Our Stars, is known for starting Nerdfighters and the vlogbrothers along with the creation of VidCon, it’s surprising that not more his written works have been adapted. Looking for Alaska is finally on its way.
As any connoisseur of teen drama knows, The Fault In Our Stars was made into a film in 2014 starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Despite that, however, most of the author’s work has not been adapted into TV or film.
When Hulu announced the adaptation of Looking for Alaska, fans were thrilled at the news. It looks like the limited series will bring all the humor and heartbreak that made the book such a gripping read and standout debut for Green with its first trailer.
In it, we follow Miles “Pudge” Halter (Charlie Plummer) who transfers into a boarding school in Alabama. There he meets Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth), who he falls in love with, and joins a group of friends and pranksters. Despite the idyllic setting, a tragedy sends Miles and his friends reeling as they try to come to terms with what happened and who, if anyone, is to blame.
The series was adapted to television by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C., Gossip Girl), who definitely have their fingerprints over the soundtrack of the trailer. In fact, sharp-eared fans of The O.C. would recognize the cover of The Bravery’s “Honest Mistake” from the series.
Rather doing the usual weekly episode drop for the series, Hulu will debut all the episodes at once so that fans can have a weekend binge. They seem to be doing that with shows with younger audiences. They did something similar with Marvel’s Runaways in its second season as well.
Looking for Alaska will debut on Hulu on Friday, Oct. 18. Stock up on tissues beforehand.