Best of 2011: Your Voice In My Head by Emma Forrest
My favourite book of the year. Forrest is an awesomely gifted writer. It’s not just the story, but the way she tells it, the words that describe it, so that you can feel so acutely her joy and her sadness and her gratefulness for the person who helped her go forward.
I’ve probably read this book 3 or 4 times this year just to review some of Forrest’s most beautiful passages. If you have not, you should. She’s an unforgettable discovery. And she’s so f-cking smart.
Just announced - Your Voice In My Head is to become a movie. And the director?
He’s called David Yates.
It’s like a marriage of bests. Yates directed the final four Harry Potter movies. And he’s just been confirmed to take on the film adaptation of Forrest’s memoir from a screenplay she wrote herself. It would be so amazingly meta if Colin Farrell played himself, non?
Forrest has never actually confirm-confirmed that it’s him but, you know, it’s totally him. And the thing is, I don’t actually think he’d be averse to doing it. Kinda like Colin Firth and Mark Darcy... only, um, about real people. They are still friends. It would be a brave role.
They say there aren’t enough film projects that present accurate reflections of the modern female experience - she’s got problems but it doesn’t mean she can’t be funny, sharp, f-cked up, and the very opposite of Katherine Heigl and Sarah Jessica Parker. Emma Forrest... could be the answer.