- This article is about the series. For other uses, see The Selection (disambiguation).
The Selection Series is a five-novel series of dystopian/romance young adult novels by author Kiera Cass.
It follows the journey of America Singer for the first three novels of this series. She is a young girl who was selected to enter a competition called The Selection (referred to as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor, minus the bloodsport) which is supposed to help the heir to the throne find their partner for life. In America's case, she is chosen to be one of the thirty-five girls to compete for Prince Maxon's heart and to be the next princess of a future country called Illéa. However, this means leaving her family and secret boyfriend Aspen behind. She is stuck between two worlds and realizes that life as one of the competitors is not what she expected.
On April 22, 2015, it was announced that Warner Brothers has purchased the film rights for The Selection.
Update: Netflix has a film adaptation of the selection in the works. Haifaa Al-Mansour is set to direct. As of April 10, 2020, the movie is in pre-production.
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The last two books follow the journey of Princess Eadlyn Schreave. "Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought." [From www.kieracass.com/books]
Books[edit | edit source]
Novellas[edit | edit source]
- The Prince (March 5, 2013, and February 4, 2014)
- The Guard (February 4, 2014)
- The Selection Stories: The Prince and The Guard (February 4, 2014)
- The Queen (December 2, 2014)
- The Favorite (October 13, 2015)
- The Selection Stories: The Queen and The Favorite (It would be released in March 3, 2015, but it was canceled later.)
- The Selection Series Sampler (December 30, 2014); only available as an e-book but for free, includes the first chapters from The Selection, The Elite, The One and The Heir. Sometimes it includes a mistake, reading The Queen instead of The Heir.
- Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series (October 13, 2015): all known novellas and new ones were published in hardback and illustrated.
- The Selection Coloring Book (December 27, 2016)
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The first three covers of The Selection series are blue, red, and white, which are the colors of the American flag. It is a wordplay between the protagonist America's name and the previous name of Illéa.
- The dress of The Selection's cover was originally purple-gray, but then it was altered into a teal-blue color.
- The dress of The Elite's cover was fuchsia, but then it was altered into orangeish red.
- According to Kiera Cass "back in 2011, the brilliant people at HarperTeen got together an amazing photographer, a beautiful model, and some spectacular dresses and shot all three covers on the same day. [...] The original dress for the final book… I actually don’t remember it. Because, here’s the story: as we watched how America grew through the books when it came time to put the final cover together, there wasn’t a pose that worked quite right from the original batch. So, to make a strong final impression, the same photographer and model were brought back in with three new dresses."
- Kiera Cass said for the cover of The Crown: "I think the purple of The Crown goes well with the gray of The Heir, making the two stories look like they go together. I also really like Eadlyn’s pose. I think she looks super strong, which suits her. She’s one tough girl.”
- The Selection was a potential television series that would have aired on The CW, but it was not picked up because The CW did not want two shows about princesses in their program.
- It was announced on April 22, 2015, that Warner Bros has won the film rights of The Selection series and has set Black List scribe Katie Lovejoy to adapt it. DiNovi Pictures’ Denise DiNovi and Alison Greenspan are producing with Pouya Shahbazian.
- Director Thea Sharrock was chosen to direct The Selection film.
- The series has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide and is published in 32 languages.
- There is a T-shirt design inspired by The Selection series. It can be found here.
- The font for The Selection Series in all covers is Yana.