'My Name Is Memory' Three-Book Series Sparks a Bidding War

November 11, 2009

New Regency

When a bidding war breaks out for an as yet unpublished series of books, it's a safe bet that the story has some serious drawing power. But in this case, I'm not thrilled about the purchase in question as Variety reports New Regency and Peter Chernin have just made another big acquisition in a bidding war for My Name Is Memory, the first of a three-book series written by Ann Brashares which follows the meeting of a college couple who come to the realization that their souls have been reincarnated over hundreds of years, but that these soulmates keep losing each other. But wait, it's even more complicated than that. Read on!

While the guy remembers the details of their previous lives, and his often exasperating attempts to connect with her romantically, the lady cannot recall the events of those past lives. The book is said to have elements of Twilight (not good) as well as The Time Traveler's Wife (which is good, because the book is a fantastic read though it had some difficulty transferring to film). This concept actually sounds like what the original trailer for Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain implied that story would be about. And honestly, even at the risk of sounding girly, I quite enjoy romances with an inexplicable inciting incident or concept that brings love about (see Il Mare or its remake The Lake House). We'll just have to wait and see how this pans out.

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Looks like someone read several Hawman / Hawkgirl comic books and then wrote a book about it taking out the superhero stuff. Hollywood could have saved thier money and goin to DC Comics directly.

Louis Porter Jr. on Nov 11, 2009


Eternal Sunshine esque

esophus on Nov 11, 2009


It seems as if I read My Name is Memory before. Just not sure what century or who I was at the time.

Hattori Hanzo on Nov 11, 2009


Thanks Louis, I'm not the only one to think this plot was stolen from the Hawks' mythos. But I guess it's easier for Hollywood to wrap their head around a story of college couple than winged superheroes. Intrigues me enough to check out Ann Brashares's book when it comes out next year.

Squatch on Nov 11, 2009


I too immediately thought about the Hawkman/ Hawkgirl love mythos. Maybe if this does well they'll make a Hawkman film.

Oz on Nov 11, 2009



I Now Hate Ann Brashares on Mar 30, 2011


Actually shit-for-brains, if you look, Fallen was published AFTER My Name is Memory, so get your facts straight. Besides, the latter is much less far-fetched.

Big Fan on Jun 13, 2011


You get YOUR facts straight. Fallen was written in 2009, and this so-called original piece written in 2010. If I were Lauren Kate, I would sue this thief for every penny she has.

Ali on Mar 17, 2012


i love the lauren kate fallen series and when i first started reading my name is memory i also thought this but it is truley nothing like it, i promise if you can block fallen out of your mind and get past the first chapter you will find it truley mesmoriesing one of the best book ive ever read just leave your imagination open

bookworm1988 on Nov 3, 2011


The plot is not exactly as you describe it. They don't keep on losing each other. They cross path sometimes across history and he loves her but something is always in the way. He has a weird memory so he remembers everything that happened, everything he learned to do, every soul he was close to. It's not alike any reincarnation story I have come across and it is pretty good!

Alie374 on Mar 2, 2012

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