With a children’s book debuting at the top spot on The New York Times children’s bestseller list, a movie that he wrote the screenplay for and is starring in that debuted at Tribeca, another book and screenplay in the works, and a Disney Channel pilot deal based on his first book, Golden Globe winner and two-time Emmy nominee Chris Colfer is living the well-deserved good life right now. Oh yeah, he also stars on that show with those high school kids that sing. What is it called? Oh right, Glee.
The most recent news of course, is about Colfer’s new children’s book The Land of Stories, a novel for eight to twelve year olds about twin brothers who use a book a fairy tales to travel to magical worlds. The most impressive part? Apparently Chris wrote much of the book between takes on the set of Glee. Now that is some dedication. Forcing yourself to actually sit down and pen a novel is some of the hardest work there is. Forcing yourself to actually sit down and pen a novel when you’ve just been singing and dancing and getting slushies thrown at you for however many hours straight? Probably harder. Clearly Chris Colfer is not only talented, but an extremely hard worker.
He has said the idea for the book was something that came to him in grade school. You know, back when the rest of us were learning long division and crying about getting picked last in gym class.
“When I was 10 years old, I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to write this book, I would jump at the chance,” Colfer said in a statement. “This book has been at the core of my imagination for a long time and I’m excited and nervous to share it.”
Judging from the many sold out stops on his book tour and the news Colfer revealed in this tweet…he has absolutely nothing to worry about.
The combination effect of Kurt Hummel and Chris Colfer has (rightly) become synonymous with the “be yourself even when you get bullied for being different” message — what parents wouldn’t want their kids to read his book?
Meanwhile, his screenwriting debut, Struck By Lightning, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and is set for a December nationwide release. When did he write that one, on bathroom breaks? Whenever this incredibly busy star managed to find the time, it seems to have worked. Some early reviews of the film seem smitten with the young writer’s work, as I’m sure we will all be come December.
“An unexpectedly serious-minded comedy that sets itself apart from other teen fare by tackling adolescent ambition without the safety net of irony or sarcasm.” – Brian Juergens, AfterElton.com
“If you’re not keeping a keen eye on the camerawork, it’s easy to get lost in the film’s assets – the characters are likable, the jokes are spot on & it’s an all-around good time.” – Perri Nemiroff, Movies.com
Though only time will tell what inconsistent character changes and utterly unbelievable plot twists next season of Glee will put me through as a die-hard fan until the end, but one thing is for certain: singing acting and writing sensation Chris Colfer is here to stay. When you’re named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world at age 21, I think it’s safe to say you’re headed for success. And I’ll be damned if anyone deserves it more.
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