The CW has just added a new show to their Fall 2012 lineup that sounds a lot like YA novel (and soon to be movie) sensation The Hunger Games. Called The Selection, and based on the book series by Kiera Cass (that hasn’t even come out yet!), it’s set 300 years into the future, and about a young woman who is selected to fight in a competition to become the next queen.
It’s not the first time the network has cashed in on a popular trend — The Vampire Diaries does reasonably well for the network after all, but I think this is the first time anyone’s adapted a series before the book has even come out. This seems like an incredibly risky move, because the books still have a lot of time to flop horribly. However, I think the books sound like they might actually be kind of good. And they’re just different enough from The Hunger Games to make fans of that series to want to read them. Not to mention the fact that everyone likes a show about ladies kicking butt (I do anyway), something that’s been fairly absent from television late.
But what do you think, gentle Readers? Hit, flop, too blatantly pandering to work? Let us know in the comments below!
Author’s Note: Whoa hey, whoa! Did not see in the book description that they’re competing for the hand of the prince, not for having the throne in their own right (I was thinking more like Queen Amidala type situation). The CW’s press material does not even mention this dude, so I don’t know if that means they’re not using that part, or what. Obviously, being in a competition for the hand of a prince is nothing at all like Hunger Games, and is hugely problematic in so, so many ways.