It's all Black Swan, all the time

There were only seven deals listed for YA in this week's Publishers Lunch, but two of them are for books that reference Black Swan:

"Jennifer L. Armentrout's DON'T LOOK BACK, pitched as Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars, featuring a teen girl who had it all until the night she and her friend go missing, and she loses all recollection of who she is, but must piece together a life she no longer wants and the events that led to her friend's disappearance, to Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

AND

"Anna Collomore's THE UNRAVELING, about a girl who becomes a nanny for a seemingly perfect family and slowly loses her grip on reality; pitched as The Nanny Diaries meets Black Swan, to Caroline Donofrio at Razorbill, for publication in Spring 2013, by Josh Adams at Adams Literary."

I haven't seen Black Swan, but the second book seems a better fit for what I've heard about the movie. However, the first book intrigues me more.

It seems like a lot of the one-line descriptions of books I see in Publishers Lunch are described as some combination of books and movies. More often movies. I don't know if it's sad or not that movies are considered a better touchstone even when you are talking about books. I guess that even if you haven't seen a given movie, you probably have seen the trailer.



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Ditto your whole post (I noticed this PM trend this week as well) EXCEPT I think the UNRAVELING sounds more interesting.
And the one in-between was linked to a TV show and two movies.

For me, I'd have to know a little more about Unravelling to know whether it's appealing or not. LIke if she only thinks she is losing her mind, but something more sinister is at work, I'm in.
True. Someone losing their mind is not that interesting. Someone getting manipulated into thinking they are losing their mind could be quite a good read.