neverstoprunningtome said: Hi Brent! After watching Geography Club I went to the library and checked out the first three books. I just finished reading book one (It took me two and a half hours...) and I'm excited for the rest of the series. One thing that's bothering me is the movie version of Kevin. I feel like they vilified him for not deciding to come out, when in reality he was just a scared teenager. I was wondering how you felt about this, since book! Kevin was more developed.
That’s an interesting take. The fact is, movies have a pretty quick running time, so they couldn’t really develop all the characters the way I could in the books. I also got a chance to develop Kevin much more fully in the sequels that followed.
All that said, I really did like Justin Deeley’s performance as Kevin. He communicated quite a bit just with his demeanor and with his eyes.
Ultimately, though, I agree with you: he was just a scared teenager who had good reasons to do what he did. He’s definitely not a villain!
Thanks for the question.
Anonymous said: Where is Russel Middlebrook from? I mean, I read some plots on google and they talk about "Goodkind High School" but not about which town/state Russel is from.
Yeah, I made the specific decision to leave the place unnamed. I sort of wanted to create the sense of isolation that Russel felt/feels, and also create the sense of being in high school, where ultimately most of what matters takes place on campus (and off-campus, with friends).
But I’m working on book #5 now (which is set in the present, with Russel at age 23, out of college). And in that book I reveal that he’s living in Seattle. That means the place where he grew up would be south of there — probably around Tacoma. Washington (although that’s not exact, since Tacoma’s a little bigger than the city in the books). Tacoma is also where I went to high school.
Thanks for the question!
Anonymous said: If you had the chance to choose the actors/actress who would you choose to play Russell's lovers in the next 3 movies if y'all had the opportunity?
Hmmm, that’s a good question. Maybe Dylan O’Brian for Otto. Spencer Boldman for Web and/or Declan. And Shad Moss for Wade.
Anonymous said: If the producers want to do another movie, why is it still not likely? I really hope they do it, the first one was spectacular.
Well, it’s always complicated/difficult to finance a movie. There’s a lot of money involved! Most producers don’t have that kind of money themselves, so they have to raise it, which is sometimes easier said than done.
Anonymous said: You did a wonderful job with the movie and books. The series would be an inspirational to everyone that is having problems with coming out. I watched the movie first and then read the books. I did it backwards. But I really do hope you do movies to all of these books because the movie turn out really well. And if you do movies to go along with the book such as geography club I would like for you to keep the same actors and actress.
Thank you, I really appreciate that. I hope they do more movies too! And yeah, I would love it if they used the same actors. They’re uniformly terrific, aren’t they?
honeybakedboys said: I just watched the Geography Club movie and it was really good, except I am so angry. Like REALLY they didn't end up together? I mean I just ordered the book and I plan on reading the whole series now but REALLY?? Did you have to tear my heart out with that ending? I can't get over how upset I am that Kevin didn't go to the meeting. I shipped them so hard. Thanks for ruining my life. I hope I don't have anymore heartbreak with the books.
Sorry you didn’t like the ending. At the time, it made sense to me, but I agree it’s very bittersweet. If you do read the books in the series (and I really hope you do!), you’ll see there are some happy endings, and some sad ones. But the “final” book, THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE, has an ending I think you’ll like.
Anonymous said: and is it problaby tht the geography club 2 movie will up coming next?, when? i hope u text me with good news, tnks brent , ANDREW JUNG againt
It’s possible, but not likely. No plans just yet.
Anonymous said: i just so interested with ur russel book series, but the fifth book its too short to be novel, because i really want the story about kevin an russel continue in tht book but its not really happend, why bren read?. i just read the fourth book but i think tht the story just stuck or not complete, wht happen next? with russel and kevin, otto, and it just make me so upset tht it happy ending or not with them. so u want to write the next series about them ? , tnks brent, ANDREW JUNG
I think I already answered you via email, but the fifth story, TWO THOUSAND POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH, isn’t a “book” — it’s just a short story, part of my safe sex campaign, The Real Story Safe Sex Project.
The fifth “book” will be out in December, but I confess I still don’t have a final title for it!
tracy-strauss said: As you were writing the series, what celebrities did you envision as Russel and Gunnar and Min and their love interests??
I didn’t really think of celebrities or actors — I was thinking of the characters I had created in my head. They look very very specific to me! It wasn’t until the casting of the movie (or the casting of the play before that) that I had to think in terms of, “What actor would do a good job playing this character?” But even once we reached that stage, it was more about who could convey the “feeling” they give me (and hopefully the reader), not necessarily the way they physically look.
Does that make sense?
tracy-strauss said: Hello from Scotland! I discovered the Russel Middlebrook series though the movie, and I love them! Ive just finished the 3rd book and waiting to get the 4th one ordered. Ive been raving about them to my friends and even got one of them to read it. I just want to say thank you, because I've never been able to relate to a book series more. Normally I dont really identify with fictional characters but I see a bit of myself in Russel, Min and Gunnar, Cant wait to read the 4th one & 5th when its out!
Hello, Tracy! I’ve never been Scotland, but it’s definitely on my list of places to visit very soon!
And you are very very welcome. It’s incredibly sweet of you to write and say such nice things. Honestly, every writer likes to hear that people are recommending their books. It’s really the highest compliment, and so important in a career like mine. So thank YOU.
Hope you enjoy the next few books. :-)