The “Glee” star and author of “Struck by Lightning” is a fan of Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking”: “I love painfully honest authors who aren’t afraid to say, ‘I was a mess!’ ”
Illustration by Jillian Tamaki
What book is on your night stand now?
My first novel, “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell,” embarrassingly. I promise I’m not actively reading it; I just reference it from time to time while writing the sequel. And like any new parent, I like to keep my child close by so I can keep an eye on it through the night.
What was the last truly great book you read?
I recently skimmed through “Bad Cat,” a picture book filled with adorable photos of cats in compromised and suggestive positions, and witty comments. I’m not ashamed to admit it was the best book I’ve read in a long time and I would recommend it to anyone. It kept my attention; I laughed out loud.
I thought about a bunch of political, classical and current titles to say instead, in hopes to impress, but it would have been a lie. Unfortunately, unless I’m adapting or editing something I don’t get much time to read for pleasure, which also made the quick read of “Bad Cat” a great selection at the LAX bookstore I purchased it from.
Thanksgiving arrives (a week late) on Fox’s Glee this Thursday at 9/8c, and Chris Colfer has much to be grateful for. In addition to his role as Kurt, who has been transplanted to New York City alongside Lea Michele’s Rachel, Colfer penned Struck By Lightning, an indie comedy that rolls out on VOD/iTunes Dec. 19 (before hitting theaters in January) — and at the time we met up with the actor/author/screenwriter, he was touring the East Coast to tout his novelization of same.
After signing copies for a line of fans that wrapped around a New Jersey bookstore, Colfer spoke with TVLine about the many hats he wears, how Glee is different now that he “commutes” to the Big Apple, his excitement over having a “Kiki” with Sarah Jessica Parker and a realization “Klaine” is about to have.
“I am 66 years old. I grew up with fairy tales, but admit I don’t recall “lessons” from them, just the delightful stories. I bought this book for my grandkids ages 2 to 9. When I received the book, I read the first chapter, and realized there was something special in my hands. I could not put it down. I was as enthralled as reading Harry Potter for the first time. I am in awe of the young man who wrote this. How wonderful to have such a great imagination and be able to write so cleverly. I doubt the grandkids would get as much from it as I did, so I passed it to my 62 year old sister who understands the same ecitement that I felt. I feel sad for young children who don’t know these wonderful tales anymore, except what is presented in the movie versions. I thank the author so much for a WONDERFUL read. I just can’t say enough in his praise.”