Our idea for the final assignment is to look at the thrillers that are written by Nicci French. Nicci French is a pseudonym of English husband and wife Nicci Gerard and Sean French. The couple have, until now, written 6 successful thrillers, of which two are related to each other; “Blue Monday” and “Tuesday’s Gone”. Both books are about psychotherapist Frieda Klein, who has only one aim in her life, which is to help her patients.
The story of Frieda Klein
Our transmedia extension will be on the aforementioned two books of Nicci French, as they are related to each other. We will mainly focus on the second one, “Tuesday’s Gone”. The second book is about Frieda Klein who is asked by the police to help them with a case about a decomposed body being found in the house of Michelle Doyce, a woman trapped in a world of strange mental disorder. The police have no idea what has happened and Frieda must find the answer to all the questions of the police. In this journey, the more Frieda uncovers about the case the more she gets threatened by her past, and the more difficult it becomes to know who she can trust.
The most important (and hopefully most successful) transmedia extension will be a movie adaptation of the two books. This has proven to be a major success with other thriller books, for example the Stieg Larsson Millenium trilogy, with the film adaptation of the first book “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Another extension will be a smartphone app with quizzes about characters to test the readers’ knowledge about them. This will give the consumers a challenge and an opportunity to gain more in-depth information about the characters, which can alleviate their experience of the book and the movies. Another venture would be a website with extended character descriptions: more background information on important characters to deepen the readers’ involvement in the story, and a platform on which people can discuss their experiences and share their insights. A third option could be writing seperate stories about several lead characters that coincide with the main story as well; so they are independent and don not take place in the book, but they can be placed into the bigger picture. If those storylines turn out to be a success, official spin-offs are an option, which could prolong the life of the Nicci French franchise.
A story bound for success
We see an extremely promising and good opportunity for a transmedia success in the Frieda Klein series by Nicci French. We have a large audience in front of us, starting with young adults and older. Furthermore, a lot of successful thrillers (read: books) have been extended to different media platforms and have proven to be a major success, as we showed with Stieg Larsson´s success. Thrillers are immensely popular at this present day and why not benefit from its popularity while we can.