Duck Soup Films has optioned Holly Bourne’s YA novel Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? (published by Usborne in August) for television.
The novel is about a teenager called Olive who joins a summer camp, called Camp Reset, after finding herself in a dark place. But as she settles in she starts to wonder whether it’s the world that needs fixing, not her or her camp friends, so comes up with a plan to put things right.
Duck Soup Films acquired TV rights from Hayley Steed at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency and said it will create a portrayal of the mental health issues faced by young people that is both relatable and authentic.
“We love the messages the book promotes; the need for kindness and empathy, space to be able to f*** up and not be eternally judged, patience and understanding whilst also trying to maintain self-awareness and take responsibility for our actions even those we feel we can’t control,” said producer Jessica Holyland. “Learning from all our experiences and not holding out for an all-encompassing ‘solution’ for our problems. Just trying to do the best we can and accepting who we are. Surely that’s all we can expect of each other.”
Holyland founded Duck Soup Films along with Bekki Wray-Rogers and Libby Durdy in 2015.
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? is the third of Bourne's books to be optioned for screen. Amber Entertainment has picked up Am I Normal Yet? (Usborne) and Ecosse Films has optioned her adult novel How Do You Like Me Now? (Hodder).