A Glee prequel book called Glee: The Beginning will headline a series of book projects based on the show. These Glee books will start hitting shelves this August, giving even more background and material about some of the main characters involved in the hit Fox show.
The first Glee season finale just aired on Tuesday night, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the end of Glee in the public consciousness this summer. The first Glee summer tour is already underway this summer, and it has been met with quite a few positive reviews. In the live performances, most of the cast appears and sings songs from the show, all while performing some of the dance numbers that have become synonymous with Glee.
Today Tina Jordan reported that a deal was struck between Twentieth Century Fox and Little, Brown Books that will create a new line of books about the Glee universe. The people behind Glee really know how to get the best promotion out of their show, and, by approving these new books, it can only serve to help the show, as well as the characters it is based on. As was pointed out by Jordan in her article, there are numerous books out there about Glee already, but none of them were actually approved or produced by people creating the show. Now, though, the actual writers and producers could have a hand in creating books that will give back-stories to more of the characters, and maybe even flesh out some of the storylines that don’t necessarily make for good television.
That first book about Glee is set to be a prequel to the show, possibly showing where all of the characters were before they became friends or got to this point in their high school careers. Called Glee: The Beginning, it could definitely explore many more of the relationships between the main characters, allow for some of the finer points of character development to be fleshed out, and, on the whole, provide more interesting text to fans of the show.
For the die-hard fans of Glee, this could be a really fun way to learn more about their favorite show, and it seems like a pretty good idea for Twentieth Century Fox to agree to this deal. It could end up being very lucrative as well, because if the book sells as well as the various music albums that the show has spawned, this could turn into a huge cash-cow for the show.
When the biggest task for a network is to keep fans interested in a show during its summer hiatus, this is a great complimentary effort to the live tour that will keep people talking (and reading) about Glee until the fall premiere hits in either late September or early October.