So several factors played a key part in bringing this topic to my mind. As readers will know, I recently reviewed Bunheads by Sophie Flack. If you missed it, please pop over to it and familiarize yourself with my thoughts. A while back, my roommate and I were watching 30 for 30: The Price of Gold on Netflix, about Tonya Harding and “the whack heard around the world”. I highly recommend the documentary.
While reading Bunheads, I kept flashing back to this story. One of the things that made the Tonya Harding scandal so juicy was that it felt like it was made for the movies. And I realized that it would also make a great young adult book.
First, let me say, I am sure there are some legal issues to developing a book about this. I am not a lawyer nor do I have access to one to ask, so let’s just assume a fictionalized version of this story would be out (aka not allowed).
But when I was reading Bunheads, I realized it wasn’t the ballet book I really wanted to read. There are rivalries in the book to be sure, but nothing that was as drastic as the events of 20 or so years ago.
The ballet book I want is a bit more dramatic.
On the night of one of the biggest performances of the year, the soloist is brutally attacked (but not like murdered-attacked, more like broken legs (still gruesome, but you know)). Shock reverberates among the company’s dancers. Who could have done such a thing? Only young corps dancer, What’s Her Name, suspects the culprit is one of their own. Now she must figure out who broke the soloist legs before the next dancer is taken out.
Ballerinas are scary, man. Black Swan anyone?