The screen version of this year’s Booker prize winner, Vernon God Little, will likely “be much less complicated than the book,” says author Peter Finlay (a/k/a DBC Pierre).
While accolades for the novel have piled up in the U.K. and Australia, U.S. reviewers have been less enthusiastic. One critic called it a “teeth-grindingly feeble stab at satire and virtual random-search engine of potty humor,” and charged that the author:
spends the entirety of this never-funny novel banging away at [his] wide targets as if they were 300-pound piÃ±atas, meanwhile turning young Vernon, our hero, into a Holden Caulfield with a host of tediously graphic psychosexual fixations, a far more limited vocabulary and a finely tuned awareness of sneaker brands.
Finlay is expected to receive $500k for the film rights. (Film link via The Literary Saloon.)