9-year-old Alec Greven’s book How to Talk to Girls has been picked by Fox for a movie version.
How to Talk to Girls started as a $3-pamphlet that the fourth-grader from Castle Rock, Colorado, Alec Graven, sold at his school book fair.
The book, published by Harper Collins, was launched in November 2008 and was an instant hit. A How to Talk to Girls movie version, initially didn’t take off the ground when Fox passed on it. But later when it noticed interest from many parties to pick up How to Talk to Girls for a movie version, Fox snapped it up.
Reports say that the deal was in mid-six figures.
Variety has said that the book is part one of a four-part series. Fox has bought the film rights for all four parts of How to Talk to Girls. The other three books in the pipeline are How To Talk To Moms, How To Talk To Dads and How To Talk To Santa.
The 46-page How to Talk to Girls gives relationship advice to boys (and men).
Greven says in his book that girls don’t like desperate boys and therefore the boys should get the girls to like them, which takes a fair bit of time. Here is an excerpt:
“Many boys get crushes on girls. But it can be very hard to get a girl to like you. Sometimes it takes years! Whatever happens, just don’t act desperate. Girls don’t like desperate boys. So what do you do if you have a crush on a girl? You need to get her to like you. You can also show off a skill, like playing soccer or anything else you’re good at. If you are in elementary school, try to get a girl to like you, not to love you. Wait until middle school to try to get her to love you. Otherwise, you have to hold on to her for a long time and that would be very hard. Tip: Most boys in elementary school can hold on to a girl for only 30 days.”
Greven also peddles the old (new for him) chestnut about high maintenance women.
He says pretty girls wear fancy dresses and big earrings buy are like cars that need a lot of oil to run.
In How to Talk to Girls, Greven also says that boys should give small gifts to girls, and wait till middle school to give them flowers and big gifts. He says, “I wouldn’t do flowers and gifts until you are older, like in middle school, because it seems weird in elementary school. Unless you go to a school dance.”
Alec Greven also clarifies that all the statistics in the book is based on his observation in Soaring Hawk Elementary school. “They aren’t worldwide. I would have to do a lot moer research for that,” Greven says.