Everything you need to know about Chris Colfer's new book 'Stranger Than Fanfiction'

Saturday, February 04, 2017


Chris Colfer's next book is called "Stranger than Fanfiction" it's a Young Adult novel and it will be released to the public March 7, 2017.


We first learned about Chris' new project one year ago when he was interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter:
"Chris Colfer. The accomplished singer, author and producer behind Kurt has used Glee as a springboard for other media. The 24-year-old has already written, starred in, produced and novelized his first film, Struck by Lightning and became a New York Times best-selling author after The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. He signed a new five-book deal in November, with the fourth and fifth books in the series due in July 2015 and July 2016. Additionally, Colfer will write two picture books based on the Land of Stories and two companion books for inclusion in a holiday box set due this year. Beyond those, he’s writing a novel for teens that tells the story of a young actor taking a cross-country road trip with his fans. On the feature side, Colfer is in preproduction on the untitled Noel Coward biopic, in which he’ll play the famed playwright in a cast that includes Ian McKellen and Vanessa Redgrave."
Glee: What's Next For The Stars



The young adult title will mark Chris’s return to the genre, following the 2012 release of Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal. Stranger Than Fiction is due out in Winter 2017.

“Words can’t describe how wonderful it feels to have such a passionate readership around the world. It still baffles me to think I have books published in countries I’ve never been to,” Colfer told US Magazine. “I’m so grateful my love for these characters has been shared by so many, and no one is more excited than I am that Alex and Conner’s adventures will continue.”

9 months ago the inital release date was December 6, 2016:

Product details:
Format: Paperback | 240 pages
Publication date: 06 Dec 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint: ATOM
Language: English



"[Stranger Than Fan Fiction is] not the biography people initially wanted but I do realize that growing up on a TV show is a unique adolescence. So this is sort of my fictionalized coming of age story." Chris said.

"There are four of them and they are all voices that I think the YA world needs more of. There will be a trans character. There will be a character who’s a brother of someone with special needs, that I have experience with. There will be the kid that’s in the closet and there will be the girl that’s too smart for her own good, you know, and very much like well, the reason why I wrote Struck by Lightning was because I just didn’t see a kid like me in the young teen world and so I would like to kind of continue that with this book."
— Chris Colfer on the fan characters in Stranger Than Fanfiction


Chris Colfer reveals that Downers Grove, IL will be a setting in Stranger than Fan Fiction (July 15, 2016 in Naperville)


The book description was released short after:
"From #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer comes a funny, heartbreaking, unforgettable novel about friendship and fame.
Cash Carter is the young, world famous lead actor of the hit television Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime–but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he’s been keeping. What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendship. 
In this touching novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer takes us on a journey full of laughter, tears, and life-changing memories."


3 months ago via EW:
The protagonist of Stranger Than Fanfiction is Cash Carter, the young and famous star of the hit show Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, Carter surprises them by saying yes. Along the way, the curtain is pulled back on their favorite celebrity as they learn his deep secrets. By the end, they all learn the meaning of true friendship.


Stranger Than Fanfiction, he says, is “about these four kids and they’ve just graduated high school and they’ve spent their whole lives being obsessed with this television show. It’s about these four friends and they decide to go on a road trip to spend the last few days they have together and really celebrate their friendship before they go off to school and as a joke they invite the actor from the television show. He shows up the next day ready to go on the road trip and he instantly is the world’s worst Mary Poppins. He gets them drunk, he gets them stoned, he’s using bad words.”

“It’s not an autobiography by any means, but it’s definitely based on a lot of things that I went through being on a television show…the experiences that I went through being a part of this huge, huge phenomenon were so unique, I thought it’d be a really interesting voice to add to the YA world.”





The On-Sale Calendar: March 2017 Children's Books:
March 7, 2017
Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer (Little, Brown, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-316-38344-8). 150,000 copies.





Colfer (briefly) sets aside his best-selling middle grade series for a second YA novel that stars a popular actor who takes four fans up on their offer for a cross-country road trip.


Stranger Than FanfictionBy Chris Colfer

LOGLINE: A popular young TV star takes four fans up on their offer for a cross-country road trip and as the journey progresses, his secrets spill out.
BUZZ: Colfer, a former Glee star who hit No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list with his middle-grade books, tackles YA this time.








We can't wait for Chris' new book! Pre-order now @ Amazon / Target / Barnes&Noble

Win the February NOVLbox curated by Chris Colfer
"Rabbit rabbit, NOVLers! It’s February!

And it’s going to be a very happy February for ten lucky readers…because this month’s NOVLbox is curated by Chris Colfer, award-winning actor, bestselling writer, and author of the new YA book, Stranger Than Fanfiction (out February 28th and if you pre-order now, you can get a free magnet. More details here). Chris has written some amazing middle grade fantasy with his Land of Stories series, but now he’s back with another little something for an older audience, AKA you guys! Stranger Than Fanfiction is the tale of one TV star and four super fans on an epic, bumpy road trip across the country. It’s a hilarious and honest look at life in the spotlight and discovering your true self. We can’t wait for everyone to read it—And we just might be able to help a bit. You’ll have to enter to find out!"

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