The short teaser trailer for the Ava Duvernay-directed film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time dropped last night, and it is a wild, exciting interpretation of one of our favorite young adult novels. Madeleine L’Engle’s seminal 1963 work is so a part of our collective, Western literary experience, it’s hard to believe that the author went through 26 rejections before finally getting picked up for publication. The seed of inspiration for the book, which then became a series, came from a cross-country camping trip L’Engle took with her family in the spring of 1959, and took her agent several tries with forty-odd publisher inquiries. It became a case of knowing someone who knew someone to get A Wrinkle in Time published — a guest at a Christmas tea party L’Engle threw happened to know John C. Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Hopefully this new movie will inspire more tesseracts and L’Engle quote tattoos, as well as a new edition with some sweet new cover art to replicate. We’re absolutely counting down the days until we can see this adaptation on the big screen, and figure out how to honor this next phase of L’Engle’s work with some new body art.