As reported today in an exclusive from Paste, Lauren Shippen of The Bright Sessions (and Forbes 30 Under 30 Media Luminary) will be writing a novel tie-in trology for the podcast. The books will be published by Tor Teens. Tor has produced podcasts with book tie-ins before with Steal the Stars, but he partnership with independent audio drama The Bright Sessions is the first deal of its kind.
The Bright Sessions is often considered one of the founders of the audio drama format, a podcast that has only improved over its four seasons. The Bright Sessions was on four out of the six Best Podcasts of 2017 lists for Podcast Problems: best performances, best writing, best audio dramas, and my favorite episodes.
According to Paste, the trilogy will focus on fan-favorite characters, as well as a newer character in the podcast:
Book One will focus on two high school boys, Caleb and Adam, and the connection that grows between them when Caleb develops an empath ability. Book Two dives deeper into one of the podcast’s main antagonists, Damien, by exploring his life at 18. And Book Three tells the journey of Rose Atkinson, a young woman who can walk into other peoples’ dreams, and all the dangers that come with her ability.
The book deal marks The Bright Sessions‘s second adaptation: the podcast has also been optioned for a TV show.
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