Wicked Lovely

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Wicked Lovely
Author Melissa Marr
Cover artist Mark Tucker (photography)
Country United States
Language English
Series Wicked Lovely
Genre Young adult
Urban fantasy
Publisher HarperTeen, an imprint of Harper Collins
Publication date
June 12, 2007
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 328
ISBN 978-0-06-121465-3
OCLC 123118232
LC Class PZ7.M34788 Wi 2007
Followed by Ink Exchange

Wicked Lovely is a young adult/urban fantasy novel by author Melissa Marr. It was published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, in June 2007. The novel has also been released in the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, France, Denmark, Sweden, (under the title Mer än ögat ser meaning 'More than the eye sees'), Germany (under the title of Gegen das Sommerlicht meaning 'Against/Towards the Summer Light'.) and in Spain (under the title of "Encanto fatal" meaning 'Fatal Enchantment'). Wicked Lovely was originally written as a short story, ("The Sleeping Girl"), before the author decided to expand on her work in order to further develop the characters.[1] She completed the novel over a period of four months, and submitted it to an agent in January, 2006. By early March of that year, it had been accepted for publication.[2]


Reviews for the novel have been very positive. Annette Klause in The Washington Post spoke highly of the work, praising the "fully realized" world and the romance,[3] while other reviewers, such as Charles de Lint, highlight both the tight plotting and the characterization.[4] Nevertheless, there is some concern with the character of the Winter Queen: Klause found her to "a little too over the top to be totally threatening",[3] while de Lint simply describes her as "a bit of a stock villain".[4] Wicked Lovely debuted at #8 on the New York Times children's books bestseller list, and reached as high as #2. It stayed there for 11 weeks.The novel is described as being aimed at the Young Adult market, and some reviews chose to emphasize this, noting that the sexual tension and the "underlying darkness" ensure that Wicked Lovely is primarily appropriate for the over 12's.[5][6]

Film adaptation[edit]

In 2011 it was announced that Wicked Lovely had been optioned by Universal[7] Mary Harron had been attached as the director and Caroline Thompson was named to write the screenplay, but the movie was abandoned and put into turnaround that same year.[8] In June 2013 Marr announced on Goodreads that the film had been picked up by IM Global along with Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy.[9] Originally set up at Universal by Wild West Picture Show Productions, the project is now freed up and WWPSP has brought in indie production house Pukeko Pictures to produce and oversee special effects, and Weta Workshop for design and physical effects.[10]


  1. ^ Glogowski, Taylor. "Get a read on otherworldly writings: Melissa Marr". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  2. ^ Marr, Melisa. "Frequently Asked Questions". Melissa Marr (Official Site). Archived from the original on April 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  3. ^ a b Klause, Annette (June 24, 2007). "The Faery Queen". The Washington Post. 
  4. ^ a b de Lint, Charles (2007). "Books to Look For". Fantasy and Science Fiction. 113 (1): 30. 
  5. ^ Hoult, Lisa (February 23, 2008). "Kid's Books". Taranaki Daily News. 
  6. ^ Melgaard, Tricia (2007). "Wicked Lovely". School Library Journal. 53 (12). 
  7. ^ Kemp, Stuart (2 September 2011). "Screen Talk: No fairytale ending in sight". London: Independent. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (25 August 2011). "Universal Dumps Another Big Project: 'Wicked Lovely' In Turnaround". THR. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Interview with Melissa Marr". Goodreads. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "YA Novel 'Wicked Lovely' Gains Movie Momentum". deadline.com.