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The Selective Collective features THE CHAPEL WARS: Page to Screen

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The Selective Collective reads THE CHAPEL WARS by LINDSEY LEAVITT

The Selective Collective features THE CHAPEL WARS by LINDSEY LEAVITT provided to us by Bloomsbury for review and use in The Selective Collective feature!

For my part in this Selective Collective post, I’m bringing the book to life on the big screen! Well, how I envision it at least. My part today is FROM PAGE TO SCREEN — I’m bringing to life the characters, the setting, and the visual aspects of how it could be adapted into a movie all straight from my imagination!

Before we start fan casting, let’s learn a bit more about the book!

The Chapel WarsPublishing Info: May 6th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: Physical ARC provided by Bloomsbury – Thank you!!
Genre: Contemporary (YA)
POV: First Person (Holly)
Find It Online: Goodreads || Amazon || B&N

Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?
And then there’s Grandpa’s letter. Not only is she running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money–fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family’s mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and… Dax. No wait, not Dax.
Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there’s a wedding chapel to save.” — From Goodreads

Bringing THE CHAPEL WARS from PAGE TO SCREEN…

What would be the best adaptation? I think this would definitely be a great movie! It has all of the fun of a movie adaptation and would be a blast to see on the big screen! Definitely in the realm of “chick flicks” but for a younger audience as well.

ON THE SET: LAS VEGAS

Fortunately, I’ve been to Las Vegas so I had a ton of fun placing myself on-set (so to speak)! There are a ton of great places mentioned in the novel!

THE FOUNTAINS AT THE BELLAGIO
Mention of the fountains + a bonus Ocean’s 11 reference = one happy Brittany!

No where else but in Vegas can you get this view of the fountains and the Bellagio! In order to shoot these scenes, we must be on site! (These are also my personal photos from my Vegas trip! Enjoy!)

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Bonus picture of my friend Kristin and me in front of the fountains!

STRATOSPHERE HOTEL

We never made it to the Stratosphere Hotel (and I didn’t take a photo from a far) but it comes into play in THE CHAPEL WARS! Definitely visually dynamic and a really interesting and exciting place!

Source: Trip Advisor

THE ROSE OF SHARON CHAPEL

The Rose of Sharon is Holly’s family’s wedding chapel. It’s a little bit off the strip, and across the street from another chapel (also the rival!) — I pictured it being more elegant and less flashy… something like this!

Source: www.weddingslasvegas.com-

CASTING CALL: THE CHAPEL WARS

Holly: Sami Gayle
You may have seen her in… Vampire Academy, Blue Bloods, Noah
Holly is rockin’ the pixie cut in The Chapel Wars and I can totally see Sami Gayle in the role of Holly! Of course, I didn’t have to pick someone with a pixie cut for her role, but it does just kind of go well! She’s a cute girl and sometimes ends up hanging out with the boys (she has an AWESOME group of guy friends) so that tends to intimidate some of her potential love interests. She’s also really smart (another intimidation factor)! Pixie or not, I can totally see Sami pulling this role off! What do you think? Battle of the pixies? Do you like Sami for a good Holly or do you prefer a different gal rockin’ the pixie cut?

Kai: Diego Boneta
You may have seen him in… Pretty Little Liars, 90210, Mean Girls 2, Rock of Ages
Thanks to Kristina from Gone Pecan for helping me out on this one! I haven’t seen anything Diego Boneta is in but maaaybe I will make a point to. He fits perfectly for Dax’s half-Hispanic heritage and also carries that swagger that Dax seems to exude! Love this choice for Holly’s new forbidden romance!

And please don’t forget to check out the features from the other ladies in The Selective Collective! We each have a post to feature a different side of THE CHAPEL WARS so please go visit their take on the book as well!

Tee @ YA Crush  Freebie
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA  Round Table: The Chapel Wars
Diana & Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks  Author Q&A with Lindsey Leavitt + Giveaway
Daphne & Kristina @ Gone Pecan  Review: The Chapel Wars

 

 

The Selective Collective features LOUD AWAKE AND LOST: Page to Screen

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The Selective Collective reads LOUD AWAKE AND LOST

The Selective Collective features LOUD AWAKE AND LOST by ADELE GRIFFIN provided to us by Random House for review and book club discussion!

For my part in this Selective Collective post, I’ve got what used to be our Casting Call feature, but is now called PAGE TO SCREEN. Page to Screen will still keep our initial idea of fan casting, but also bringing more elements into the feature such as setting, thoughts of how best to adapt the book, and even soundtracks to really bring this book to life as if we were adapting it as a TV show or movie.

Before we jump in, here’s a little info on the book:

Loud Awake and LostPublishing Info: November 12th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Physical ARC provided to us by Random House for review and use for the Selective Collective promotions

Book Synopsis: LOUD. There was an accident. Ember knows at least that much. She was driving. The car was totaled. She suffered back injuries and brain trauma. But she is alive. That’s the only thing left she can cling to.

AWAKE. Eight months later, Ember feels broken. The pieces of her former self no longer fit together. She can’t even remember the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident. Where was she going? Who was she with? And what happened during those six weeks that her friends and family won’t talk about?

LOST. One by one, Ember discovers the answers to these questions, like a twisted game of dominos. And little by little, the person she used to be slips further and further away. — From Goodreads.com

Bringing LOUD AWAKE AND LOST from PAGE TO SCREEN…

What would be the best adaptation? I think this would definitely be a great movie! I felt like a lot of the book was very visual and I can totally see it playing out on the big screen. From a gory visual of Ember’s post-accident scars to her interaction with her old dancer friends to the graffiti tags she keeps finding around town, I think the images from the book would really be powerful on screen. Not spoilers but there IS a bit of a surprise in the end of the book that I really think could be played up with cinematic creativity as well!

ON THE SET

Ember lives in New York City and I really had some specific images in mind for a few places she visited!

THE BRIDGE

 The accident that Ember was in occurred on a bridge so where does my brain go? One Tree Hill of course. I’m not saying the movie producers would have to go to this location but this is sort of what I pictured. Actually, I had two very different images in my head of what the bridge looked like, but this one had an actual photo 🙂

NEW YORK CITY APARTMENTS

      

Ember takes various trips into the city and okay, yes, I’ve taken ONE trip into New York City but never past the touristy spots but I have a notion of what big city apartments look like (also picking from my memory of Chicago). I got a nice city feel in the story and definitely had some solid pictures in my mind!

AREACODE ROOFTOP

A significant location in the book is a fire escape leading up to the rooftop of a club called Areacode. We find this location come into play several times in the book and this is roughly what I pictured it to look like!

 CASTING CALL: LOUD AWAKE AND LOST

Ember: Hannah Marks
You may have seen her in… Accepted, Weeds, Necessary Roughness
I actually know her mostly from being Justin Long’s little sister in Accepted and from the TV show Weeds, but I think Hannah Marks could be a really good Ember! She’s about what I was picturing when I was envisioning Ember. That also may be in part because of our cover model… I think the two girls don’t look identical, but I see some similarities.

Kai: Tyler Posey
You may have seen him in… Teen Wolf, Brothers and Sisters, Lincoln Heights, Maid in Manhattan (awww)
I think Tyler Posey could be a good Kai! Kais’s got some Hispanic roots and Tyler Posey is half-Mexican but he’s really pretty close to how I pictured Ember’s new guy Kai. He looks incredibly charming, handsome, and someone that Ember would totally be into!

Hope you enjoyed my choices for PAGE TO SCREEN! We’d love to hear how you would adapt LOUD AWAKE AND LOST! Do you see it as a movie? A TV show? Who would be the stars?

And please don’t forget to check out the features from the other ladies in The Selective Collective! We each have a post to feature a different side of INK so please go visit their take on the book as well!

Tee @ YA Crush  Loud Awake and Lost Read Alikes
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA  Round Table: Group Discussion
Diana & Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks  Author Profile & Giveaway!
Daphne & Kristina @ Gone Pecan  Review: Loud Awake and Lost

 

 

The Selective Collective features INK: Page to Screen

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The Selective Collective reads INK by AMANDA SUN

The Selective Collective features INK by AMANDA SUN provided to us by Harlequin Teen for review and book club discussion!

For my part in this Selective Collective post, I’ve got what used to be our Casting Call feature, but we’re changing things up a bit around here! Firstly, you might notice our new banner which I am SUPER excited for! Originally, we came up with a tagline that was geared more toward fierce female main characters which we always enjoy, but as we’ve been reading more and more books for The Selective Collective, we’ve found that the books we tend to fall in love with have been mostly contemporaries. Don’t get me wrong, these girls can still be pretty fierce even if they’re not fighting dystopian governments or discovering supernatural powers, but we thought the tagline wasn’t quite as relevant for the books we started leaning towards. Instead, we came up with this new banner that just plain looks nice! 🙂

Second, we’ve updated our Casting Call feature, evolving it into PAGE TO SCREEN. Page to Screen will still keep our initial idea of fan casting, but also bringing more elements into the feature such as setting, thoughts of how best to adapt the book, and even soundtracks to really bring this book to life as if we were adapting it as a TV show or movie.

Before we jump in, here’s a little info on the book:

InkPublishing Info: June 25th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Physical ARC provided to us by Harlequin Teen for review and use for the Selective Collective promotions

Book Synopsis: On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive. — From Goodreads.com

Bringing INK from PAGE TO SCREEN…

What would be the best adaptation? I know usually when we’ve done our “Casting Call” feature in the past, we’ve always talked about the book being adapted as a movie. With so many books being adapted as TV shows recently (or were in talks of being adapted as TV shows at one point in time) such as Delirium, The Selection, Vampire Diaries and of course big adult series like True Blood and Game of Thrones, I really think INK could do well as a TV series!
But then the question is… what network would it work best with? I thought about SyFy because of the paranormal aspect of it, but it’s really more mythology-related then science-fiction so SyFy was kind of iffy for me. Ultimately, I think if TV show writers were to focus on familial and romantic relationships, delve more into the sense of being out of place in Japan, and get some awesome special effects from the drawings, you know what… I’m kind of leaning towards the CW. Traditionally I think of the CW as more of a “contemporary” channel, so to speak. Not a lot of paranormal or fantasy going on there BUT with the Vampire Diaries being such a major show for their network, I think building on that could really help INK fit in nicely!

ON THE SET

I don’t know much about Japan, but clearly we’ve GOT to be someplace with cherry blossoms. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to see them in full bloom because that’s got to be gorgeous.

Washington D.C.: Don’t want to film all the way in Japan? Washington D.C. might be a nice alternative! D.C. is well-known for its cherry blossom trees and they have Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. that sponsors Sakura Matasuri which is an annual Japanese street festival. Each year, the festival takes place during prime cherry blossom season which sounds really amazing!
Macon, GA: Georgia? You bet! Macon, Georgia has over 300,000 cherry trees within the city and they have a 10-day international cherry blossom festival each year in March. The architecture may not be correct, but the trees!!
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA/Japantown, San Francisco, CA/Japantown, San Jose, CA: Filming in Japan too far out of reach? These may be the next best thing in the US. There are three Japantowns (according to the good old stand-by Wikipedia) in California which could be very convenient to try to get a Japanese-feel within the United States!

 CASTING CALL: INK

Katie: Nicola Peltz
You may have seen her in… The Last Airbender (2010), Bates Motel (2013 TV)
I think she looks a little like the artwork on the cover, no? (And not just because of the position of these pictures… Although it helps!) I know her hair is naturally brown, but it’s dyed blonde for Bates Motel so when I was looking for a girl to play Katie and saw her face, I just knew she was the right choice! I think she could bring a lot of personality to show both Katie’s discomfort with being out of place in Japan as well as a sense of boldness when she first confronts Tomo and begins to find out his secrets.

Tomo: Kengo Kora
You may have seen him in… Well, to be honest, unless you’re watching Japanese cinema or TV, you probably haven’t seen him! He’s actually in his 20s but he LOOKS like a teenager. Even reaching out to the rest of my SC gals, we hard a hard time coming up with an actor for Tomo! Most of the Asian-American actors I could think of were way too old and the younger ones just didn’t fit the part in my mind. With help, we decided to go with Japanese actor Kengo Kora… His haircut just reminded me of Tomo and that’s all it took for me to be sold! If you have any ideas of who to cast, we would love to hear!

Hope you enjoyed my choices for our newly modified feature, PAGE TO SCREEN! We’d love to hear how you would adapt INK! Do you see it as a movie? A TV show? Who would be the stars?

And please don’t forget to check out the features from the other ladies in The Selective Collective! We each have a post to feature a different side of INK so please go visit their take on the book as well!

Tee @ YA Crush  Freebie: Two Tickets to Paradise!
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA  Review: INK
Diana & Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks  Roundtable: The SC talks about INK!
Daphne & Kristina @ Gone Pecan  Q&A With Amanda Sun & INK Giveaway!

 

 

The Selective Collective features GOING VINTAGE: Casting Call

The Selective Collective reads GOING VINTAGE by LINDSEY LEAVITT

The Selective Collective features GOING VINTAGE by LINDSEY LEAVITT, provided to us by Bloomsbury for review and book club discussion. For my part in this Selective Collective post, I’ve got the Casting Call feature so I’ll be bringing you my casting choices for all our favorites from GOING VINTAGE!

Before we jump in, here’s a little info on the book:

Going VintagePublishing Info: March 26th 2013 by Bloomsbury
Source: eGalley approved by Bloomsbury for review and use for the Selective Collective promotions

Book Synopsis: When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club presient–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far. — From Goodreads.com

CASTING CALL: GOING VINTAGE

Mallory: For my Mallory, I chose Kaitlyn Dever. I think she is super cute in Last Man Standing (for those of you who don’t watch the show, she plays one of Tim Allen’s daughters, if that rings a bell) and I think her attitude is really perfect for Mallory! I think she would totally be a girl who is confident yet cautious and she can totally pull off Going Vintage! She’s got all the spunk that a girl playing Mallory needs and I think her personality would just a be a perfect match. Plus, she looks a little vintage in this photo – kind of perfect!

Ginnie: Ginnie was by far one of my favorite characters so I knew I needed to find the perfect girl to play her! I know she was described as having corkscrew blonde hair, but the corkscrew aspect was hard to match… Hey, you can always curl someone’s hair. Ginnie was actually the first person I ended up casting with Elle Fanning. She’s super adorable but seems like she could be the perfect little sister to give her big sis a hard time like Ginnie so often does! I can definitely see Elle Fanning in the role.

Jeremy: Thanks to Kristina for helping me with this one! My (our) pick for Jeremy is Blake Jenner who has recently been on Glee. I’ll have to take your word for it since I stopped watching Glee a while ago, but I saw him and knew immediately that he was the go-to choice for Jeremy! He’s pretty close to how I pictured him in my head and I think he could definitely pull of the character! He actually looks like someone I knew in college, which is weird… I know Jeremy called himself “The Amazing Asian” but Lindsey Leavitt made a point that he was only half Asian and as far as I can remember, he didn’t really look that Asian either, so Blake Jenner was a satisfactory choice for me!

Oliver: Last but not least, we come to Oliver….. who was impossible for me to cast. I just had this picture in my head of what Oliver should look like and for the life of me, I could not find an actor that matched that image. Kristina actually suggested Austin Butler from The Carrie Diaries but I turned her down because I didn’t picture him having such blonde hair… But I searched and searched. I thought and thought…. And he’s actually kind of perfect. I’m not usually one to like blondes, but I may need to start watching The Carrie Diaries soon… (He’s 22 so that’s not creepy, right?) I was trying to find a good picture of him but every single picture is him with Vanessa Hudgins (good for them, bad for casting purposes haha) so this is the best I can get for now! He’s still a little too “pretty” for what I was looking for, but he’ll do!

Hope you enjoyed my choices for Casting Call! And please don’t forget to check out the features from the other ladies in The Selective Collective! We each have a post to feature a different side of GOING VINTAGE so please go visit their take on the book as well!

Tee @ YA Crush  Interview with Lindsey Leavitt
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA  Candice Goes Vintage! 
Diana & Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks  Roundtable: The SC talks about Going Vintage!
Daphne & Kristina @ Gone Pecan  Review: Going Vintage

 

 

The Selective Collective features Wentworth Hall – Casting Call

The Selective Collective reads WENTWORTH HALL by ABBY GRAHAME

This the first of our January posts for The Selective Collective, we read WENTWORTH HALL by Abby Grahame, sent to use by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for review and book club discussion. For my part in this month’s Selective Collective post, I will be doing Casting Call – Picking a few actors who I think would be great in the hypothetical movie version of WENTWORTH HALL.

Before we get started, here’s a brief synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Book Synopsis:  Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.
     It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been…even as their carefully constructed faÇade rapidly comes undone.
     Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one…the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.
     When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long. (Summary from Goodreads.com)

CASTING CALL

Here are my choices for Casting Call, picking some actors who I picture as the main characters from WENTWORTH HALL (and thanks to Kristina at Gone Pecan for helping me find some British actors – I didn’t know many before)!

Maggie (Imogen Poots): According to the book, all of the Darlingtons have blonde hair and light eyes. Imogen Poots looks like a great choice for Maggie. I could easily see her in that role and bringing a lot of depth to her character.

Lila (Jessica Barden): Okay, I know she’s a brunette, but she’s so stinkin cute! The casting directors might have to dye her hair blonde for the role, I think Jessica Barden would make a great little sister as Lila Darlington. I feel like she’d be spunky and inquisitive and could pull off a really great Lila! She seems like she would be great in the little sister role.

Adele Haenel as Nora

Therese (Adele Haenel): It took me a while but I finally found a French actress for Therese, but I think Adele Haenel would be a great addition to the cast. I actually haven’t seen much of her work since she’s mainly in French films, but provided she speaks English (which I now realized I’m not even sure), I think she’d be great as the French nanny with a few more secrets hidden in her closet.

Michael (Jeremy Irvine): Okay come on. How could I not pick Jeremy Irvine! (And thanks to Kristina for helping me with this one because once I saw it, it was an obvious choice) Jeremy Irvine with a HORSE. Maybe most known for his role in War Horse, it was only fitting to cast him as the stablehand Michael and the romantic interest of Maggie. It’s just perfect.

So that’s it! Those are the actors I would cast in WENTWORTH HALL. If you’ve read the book, what do you think? Who would you choose? 

And please don’t forget to check out the features from the other ladies in The Selective Collective! We each have a post to feature a different side of WENTWORTH HALL so please go visit their take on the book as well!

Tee @ YA Crush Author Interview: Abby Grahame
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA Wentworth Hall Style
Diana & Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks Round Table: Book Club Discussion
Daphne & Kristina @ Gone Pecan Review: Wentworth Hall

Casting Call [9] – If I Stay


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.
Casting Call is now a weekly meme for you to join in on the fun! Just check out the schedule at any one of the host blogs and join us on Fridays!

First up this week, we’re casting for If I Stay by Gayle Forman. If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads:

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

My review: If I Stay 5/4/12
My Review: Where She Went 6/26/12

Guys, this casting is SUPER important to me!! These two novels (If I Stay and Where She Went) are two of my ALL TIME favorites. They skyrocketed Gayle Forman to the top of my favorite authors list. I felt so many emotions while reading them! Casting is kind of hard. I feel for Mia. I love Adam. The actors to play them have to be perfect!

Now, apparently there is a movie adaptation in the works (go Gayle!!!) BUT from what is says in this Wikipedia article (though I don’t know how truthful it is), I don’t like any of their possible Mias so far. Yikes!

Emma Roberts as Mia Hall

Mia: Okay, my turn to use Emma Roberts! I needed someone who I felt could play a quieter side. Serious about the cello, more bookish than punk rock yet tough enough to decide how to handle the loss of her family. I love Emma Roberts for Mia (and I think she looks kind of like the girl on the cover).

Ethan Peck as Adam

Adam: Dear Adam. I love you. I did my research on Adam. I toiled through my brain and through the interwebs scouring for an actor I could see being my Adam. And then I saw Ethan Peck and I thought YES! He’s a little broody, a little nerdy, and I could totally see him as a guy in a punk band who’s in love with a nerdy cello player. Yes, yes, and yes. Love him. 

Teddy: For Mia’s little brother Teddy, I chose CJ Adams who was most recently in The Odd Life of Timothy Green. I think he could be a great little brother to someone like Emma Roberts as well as being an adorable little kid that your heart just goes out to.

Mia’s father: I was perusing through actors who I thought would make a good Mr. Hall and I came across Ethan Hawke and was like, “Yeah… he could totally be perfect!” Mia’s Dad used to be a punk rocker and is now turned almost hipster professor, complete with elbow patches on his tweet jacket and all. I could definitely see Ethan Hawke going back and forth between a rock star and a professor-type role so that was who I stuck with!

 

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

And don’t forget, this is a bi-weekly meme for you to participate in too, so link up over at Teen Lit Rocks so we can see who your choices are!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

Casting Call [8] – Lola and the Boy Next Door


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.
Casting Call is now a weekly meme for you to join in on the fun! Just check out the schedule at any one of the host blogs and join us on Fridays!

First up this week, we’re casting for Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads:

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.


When Cricket—a gifted inventor—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.


My review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

 

Anna Sophia Robb as Lola Nolan

Lola: I chose Anna Sophia Robb for my Lola – I just think she could do a great job balancing between quirky and serious and she’s someone I could picture dressing up in Lola’s costumes and not looking totally out of place. I really think she could pull off the role perfectly. 

Cory Monteith as Cricket Bell

Cricket: Tall, lanky, a little goofy. I just pictured Cory Monteith the whole time. I know he’s a little bit older in real life, but hey, he plays a teenager on Glee (although I haven’t watched in a long time). I just couldn’t picture anyone else. 

Nathan and Andy (Lola’s dads): I know it’s incredibly stereotypical of me, but I really did picture Mitchell and Cameron from Modern Family as Lola’s two dads. I’m a huge fan of Modern Family and so that was just the image I had.

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

And don’t forget, this is a weekly meme for you to participate in too, so link up over at Teen Lit Rocks so we can see who your choices are!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast The Selection by Keira Cass!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

Casting Call [7] – The Body Finder


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.
Casting Call is now a weekly meme for you to join in on the fun! Just check out the schedule at any one of the host blogs and join us on Fridays!

First up this week, we’re casting for The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads:

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself.

We are so excited to officially introduce this as a meme for everyone to participate in now! Since we’re all casting, we’re no longer breaking up the cast amongst up. Now each week, all of us will do the full cast of characters of our choice – and we look forward to seeing your picks as well!! 

Lily Collins as Violet

Violet: I wanted the girl who played Violet to be pretty and kind of seem delicate but she’s really a fighter underneath. She had to be someone who was likeable and had a good sense of humor too. My ultimtate choice? Lily Collins (who I do NOT see as Clary, by the way).

Seriously…. great job growing up!

Jay: If there is ANY actor out there to play Jay, I’d pick Shia LaBeouf. Why, you ask? What other actor do you know of that was totally unattractive goofball and turned into mega hottie? He’s like the Cinderella story of puberty. Anyway – It’s not how I originally pictured Jay, but I couldn’t get that comparison out of my head how Jay used to be just normal, average, totally under the radar and then all the girls couldn’t keep away.

Robert Knepper

“The Serial Killer”: There are two guys I would like to cast as a creepy serial killer. Actually there are more than two, but still. I’ll stick with these guys for now. I’m going with Robert Knepper or Chris Cooper. I can’t imagine either of these guys as a good guy… EVER. They both kind of creep me out… Especially Chris Cooper. Okay, so MAYBE Chris Cooper isn’t as scary in The Muppets… but still. A super-creepy villain nonetheless. 

Chris Cooper – Villain extraordinaire!

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

And don’t forget, this is a weekly meme for you to participate in too, so link up over at Teen Lit Rocks so we can see who your choices are!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

This week at The Book Addict’s Guide…

Monday: A Fortnight of Fright: Guest Post from Kelsey – Haunted Walks Are Fun!Series Catch-Up 2012 Challenge: Sign-Ups!
Tuesday: 
Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads!
Wednesday: Something Strange and Deadly Read Along: Week 3
Thursday: A Fortnight of Fright: Favorite Halloween TV Episodes!
Friday: Casting Call [7]: The Body Finder

Casting Call [6] – Shadow and Bone


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.
Casting Call is now a weekly meme for you to join in on the fun! Just check out the schedule at any one of the host blogs and join us on Fridays!

First up this week, we’re casting for Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

My original review:  Shadow and Bone from 8/26/12
Leigh Bardugo appearances: Five Good Reasons to Read Recap, Fierce Reads Tour

We are so excited to officially introduce this as a meme for everyone to participate in now! Since we’re all casting, we’re no longer breaking up the cast amongst up. Now each week, all of us will do the full cast of characters of our choice – and we look forward to seeing your picks as well!! 

The Darkling: I knew EXACTLY what I thought the Darkling looked like in this book. I don’t even think I need to explain my choice of Matt Bomer as his role in the Darkling. He would kill it.

Mia Wasikowska as Alina

Alina: Mia Wasikowska is my Alina, no doubt about that. I always pictured her looking something like Mia and even in the Q&A, Leigh Bardugo herself said that  she thought Mia would be good for the role! So… maybe that made me a little biased too.

Deborah Ann Woll as Gadya

Genya: I actually pictured Genya looking like a young Angie Everhart. Since we can’t go back in time, I had to pick a more age-appropriate choice.  I love Deborah-Ann Woll in True Blood and I think she’d be a great glamorous red-head for Genya.

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

And don’t forget, this is a weekly meme for you to participate in too, so link up over at Teen Lit Rocks so we can see who your choices are!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting! 

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

Casting Call [5] – Anna and the French Kiss


Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.

First up this week, we’re casting for Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?

My original review: Anna and the French Kiss from 10/8/12

Anna Kendrick as Anna Oliphant

Anna Oliphant: I took a few liberties on this one, but I couldn’t help but picture Anna as Anna Kendrick. She doesn’t have the gap in her teeth, but we can put a blonde streak in her hair. I just thought her personality fit Anna Oliphant so perfectly. I know she’s way super short for Anna Oliphant’s character too, but I don’t care. I absolutely adore Anna Kendrick and I think her personality is just perfect for the role.

Ed Westwick as Etienne St Clair

Etienne St. Clair: This was a tough one. I thought about Tom Sturridge because I really liked him Pirate Radio… but I also felt like he comes off as kind of a jerk. I don’t know why Ed Westwick is better as my choice since he’s kind of an ass in Gossip Girl (which is what I really know him from), but as good as he is playing a baddie on Gossip Girl, I think he could be a good St. Clair. I like his attitude and I could definitely picture him in a relationship with Anna and all the joking around and the teasing. And he has really good hair.

Leven Ramblin as Meredith

Meredith: I totally pictured Meredith as Leven Ramblin (seen on Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, the Hunger Games). She’s blonde with an athletic build, blonde curly hair, and I totally pictured her as Leven Ramblin right from the start. Again, maybe not as tall as Meredith is supposed to be but apparently the rest of my cast is all short so it’s all good with me! I think she’d be a perfect Meredith.

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo!

More exciting news!!!! We’re turning CASTING CALL into a WEEKLY MEME for everyone to participate in! Just catch the line-up on the tab of any one of the host pages for what book we’re casting that week and hook up with the linky which will be posted at Teen Lit Rocks each week. Starting next week, join us at Casting Call and turn your favorite books into movies 🙂

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.