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Casting Call [4] – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight


Welcome to the very first ever edition of 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 The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My original review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight from 9/3/12

This week, we’ll all be casting the complete collection of characters since there are so few characters to choose from. I’ve got a total of five characters I’m casting: Hadley, Oliver, Andrew Sullivan (Hadley’s dad), Charlotte (step-mom-to-be), and Charlotte’s bridesmaid friend:

Bridgit Mendler as Hadley Sullivan

Hadley: Okay, so I know Hadley is supposed to have blue eyes, but when I was reading this book, I pictured a girl like Bridgit Mendler. Sort of a darker blonde, wavy-ish hair, and not a drop-dead gorgeous but more of a girl-next-door look. I thought she would be the perfect Hadley for my cast and okay, maybe we can give her some blue contact lenses if you really want to stick with the exact character description (whatever, I still think Daniel Radcliffe should have had green contacts… that was kind of a big part of story and I’m sorry if I’m still a little sour about that!)

Dennis Quaid as Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan (Hadley’s father): I’ve been hoping to use Dennis Quaid as a dad in one of these Casting Calls for a while now and once I picked Bridgit as my Hadley, I was like, “Wow, they actually kind of look alike too!” I did some age checking and yep, that’s about right! Plus, he already knows how to play a dad who marries another woman after divorce (The Parent Trap). Ha!

Alex Pettyfer as Oliver

Oliver: Okay, so this one was tough for me. I needed a cute British guy who was young enough to play Oliver. I barely know many British actors much less young much less cute! So I had to go back and do a little research and the more I thought about it, the less I could avoid casting Alex Pettyfer. I mean, look at him! A little bit scruffy, darkish blonde hair, and for some reason I always pictured him in one of those knit caps that are fashionable nowadays. Hm. Anyway…

Sophia Myles as Charlotte

Charlotte (Stepmom): Shame on me for not remembering since I just read this book a month ago, but I can’t really remember the details about Charlotte. I pictured her blonde, somewhat younger than Hadley’s dad (maybe in her 30s) and of course, British. So I came up with Sophia Myles (best known from Tristan & Isolde and Underworld). I actually had a picture more like Christina Cole (the evil stepsister from What a Girl Wants with Amanda Bynes) but she was still a bit too young to be Hadley’s stepmom for me, so Sophia Myles was my next choice!

Sarah Parish as Violet

Violet: I love Sarah Parish! She’s the perfect best friend/supporting actress, she’s got great comedic timing and I absolutely pictured Charlotte’s friend as Sarah Parish. Although I think if we cast her in the movie, she might be a scene-stealer! Violet is Charlotte’s bridesmaid who seems to be some good support for Hadley even though she doesn’t know her and really, just a nice person in a time when Hadley feels alone and needs a helping hand, but refuses to ask for it. I think Sarah Parish would be great for this role!

Now I want to hear your thoughts! 

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 one of my favorite reads, Anna and the French Kiss 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.

Casting Call [3] – The Fault in Our Stars


Welcome to the very first ever edition of 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 of 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.

This week, we’re casting for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green! If you haven’t read the book or want to catch up on what it was about, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

My original review: The Fault in Our Stars (posted 9/7/12)

This week, I will be casting Mr. & Mrs. Waters (Augustus’s parents):

Mrs. Waters: The only real description I could find for Augustus’s mom was “short and mousy” but other than that, I didn’t have much to go on. I wanted his mom’s character to be a strong one. I felt like both of Augustus’s parents tried to remain upbeat for most of the book and ultimately supportive. We also know his mom really loves all of those proverbial little sayings since they’re covering the entire house.
So I’d searched for who I could picture as a good Mrs. Waters and I came up with Patricia Clarkson. Most recently I recognized her for her role in Easy A as Emma Stone’s mother. Although quite a different character from what I’d be casting her in for The Fault in Our Stars, I think she’d be great to tackle this role! 

Mr. Waters: This was actually kind of a tricky one for me. Mr. Waters is supposed to be “thin” according to the book and since his mom is described as tall, we assumed that Augustus must get his basketball height from his dad. Tall, thin – I kept picturing someone like Neil Flynn. Although technically Neil Flynn is younger than Patricia Clarkson, I think they could make a nice parental duo! I think that all still works out okay age-wise for him to have had Augustus’s two older sisters as well. 

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 (Augustus Waters and Mr. Lancaster)
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA (Peter Van Houton and Lidewij Vliegenthart)
Tee @ YA Crush (Hazel and Isaac)
Dixie @ Gone Pecan (Katilyn and Mrs. Lancaster)

Join us next week as we cast The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith!

*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 [2] – Divergent


Welcome to the very first ever edition of 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 of 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.

This week, we’re casting for Divergent by Veronica Roth! If you haven’t read the book or want to catch up on what it was about, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her..

My original review: Divergent (posted 9/6/12)

This week, I will be casting Christina (Tris’s friend, formerly Erudite), Mrs. Prior (Tris’s mom), and the Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews. Here are my choices:

Jeanine Matthews: Okay, for Jeanine Matthews, I chose Eva Green. I more pictured her as a brunette with medium length hair (her hair’s a little bit more red in this picture but she’s usually a brunette) and add glasses, but I also chose her for her gray eyes (as described in the book and better seen in this picture) and well, because she scares me. My boyfriend and I saw Dark Shadows which is mostly a dark comedy (think Beetlejuice-ish if you haven’t seen it) and yeah, Eva Green scared me a lot in that movie. She’d be a great personality fit for Jeanine Matthews as well!

Mrs. Natalie Prior (Beatrice’s mom): When I read Divergent, I immediately pictured someone thin, blonde, shorter hair, but since she was Abegnation, someone who didn’t really stand out as much, quieter personality, etc. Then once I got further in the book, I realized we needed a tougher Mrs. Prior than I thought. I underestimated her. I needed strong and quiet and brave and smart all at the same time. Hence Kelly Rutherford as my choice. I think she’d be a great match to play Beatrice’s mom. Although I’ve only ever seen her in Gossip Girl as a tough mom of a couple of brats (okay, even if you like the show, you know it’s true), I’d really like to see her tackle a dystopian role and see how she’d fare in that!

Christina (Tris’s friend, former Candor): So there was an interesting topic of discussion raised when I said I wanted to cast Christina this week for Casting Call – I threw out the ideas that I had of how I pictured Christina in my mind. In the book she’s described with dark skin and short black hair. I don’t know if it was a result of my reading too quickly or just a difference of opinion, but I had always picture Christina looking (almost exactly) like Josie Loren except with really curly hair (for some reason – I’m not sure where I got the curly hair from – Was that even mentioned???). As we were talking about it some more (and I looked at a couple discussions online because I wondered if anyone else had pictured her the way I had), it sounds like people were split. A lot of readers pictured Christina with darkER skin (which I guess is the same page I was on – the way I read it, I pictured it just darker than mine: something along the lines of what someone might describe as latina or the Italian/Greek olive skin tone) and in the end I think I realized it’s really about the reader’s perspective a lot of the time! The other half perceived “dark” (possibly as it was intended) as African-American and I was surprised simply because I just had a different image in my mind. Looking back on a few specific quotes, it sounds like this might have been how Roth intended us to picture Christina, but at the same time, I was glad people were picturing the same thing as me.
Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks brought up an excellent point which I wanted to share as well: Since I felt embarrassed when my picture of Christina seemed “wrong”, she brought up the controversy that swam around the web when Thresh and Rue were cast in The Hunger Games and about how a lot of people didn’t picture them as African-American and also when many of Bella’s friends were cast as different ethnicities in Twilight vs the descriptions in the books (also pointed out by Sandie).
So as embarrassed as I was that my image seemed so off, apparently it might not have been after all! So for this, I open up the discussion forums – I’m really interested to hear what you guys think! How did you picture Christina? Were there any other times this happened to you (maybe with THG as well)? I really want to hear other people’s feedback!  


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 (Four and Uriah)
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA (Will and Eric)
Tee @ YA Crush (Tris and Mr. Prior)
Dixie @ Gone Pecan (Caleb and Peter)

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast The Fault in Our Stars by John Green!

*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 [1] – The Sky is Everywhere


Welcome to the very first ever edition of 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 The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life – and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.

My original review: The Sky is Everywhere

This week, we will be casting Lennie, Joe, and Toby and I had a specific picture in my mind for Lennie’s Uncle Big so I decided to cast him as well! Here are my choices:

Shailene Woodley as Lennie Walker

Lennie: This one was really hard for me. Who was my Lennie? I knew I was looking for a brunette (was Lennie even a brunette? I tend to use the character descriptions as guidelines sometimes. Sorry, authors), and I went back and forth on a lot of girls – I almost chose Kalia Prescott from The Hunger Games (District 3 female tribute, although I don’t actually remember seeing her in the movie) but if I’m correct, I think she was a model-turned-actress and I really needed my Lennie to be a bit more simple. Someone who had a more natural look and who could maybe fit the personality. Although I haven’t actually seen anything Shailene Woodley is actually in, I really like her look for Lennie and I’d hope she could pull off the roll! 

Justin Grant Wade as Joe

Joe: I don’t know why – I think maybe there was a mention of Joe wearing a Letterman jacket early on or something? – but for some reason I got this picture of Steve Holt (Steve Holt aka Justin Grant Wade from Arrested Development… Yeah, I don’t know) stuck in my brain and that was how I pictured Joe the whole time. I’m really not sure how that happened, but it did.Toby: The name Toby really doesn’t help me picture anyone good for this role (Toby is a horribly dorky name in my opinion (Sorry to any Tobys out there)) and to be honest, I kind of hated him for a long time in the book so I really didn’t want to picture him as anyone nice. I thought about this one for a long time and I finally came up with Matt Lauria from Friday Night Lights. To me, he’s somewhere in between a little dorky looking with the potential to look really nice, so I chose him as my Toby. Plus, I think he looks like the opposite of Justin Grant Wade which in one of my favorite quotes from the book, Lennie compares the two as opposites.

Jeffrey Jones as Uncle Big

Uncle Big: Again, this is another time that I’m not quite sure if I pictured it accurately from the character description in the book, but once I heard that Uncle Big had a big mustache, I immediately had a picture in my mind of someone (which I now think MAY be a cartoon character because it’s SO specific in my mind I cannot find the actor who actually looks like this) who has red hair, tall, built, and has a big burly mustache. I searched and searched to try to find who this guy was in my mind and I found nothing. So I did the second best thing and found someone to kind of look like that picture and that turns out to be present-day Jeffrey Jones (aka Mr. Rooney from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). A little bit scary, I know, and Uncle Big in my mind looked totally sweet and not creepy (like this picture), but it was the closest I could find LOL.

Now I want to hear your thoughts!
This week we each did a full cast for the book to help our special kick-off for Casting Call. Next week, we’re making you work for it! We’re splitting up the casting between us all for more of a “hop” between our blogs – Visit each one to get a full feel our our ideal cast!!

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
Maggie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast the popular dystopian DIVERGENT by VERONICA ROTH!

*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.

New Feature Announcement!

And I know what you’re thinking… No, it’s not The Deja Vu Review (although I’ll still be doing it even if no one joins in :))

I know we were all sad that Ginger @ GReads decided to put TGIF on a semi-permanent hold, but I also say good for her for making sure she takes the time for her to get everything done that she needs to! So that left us without a Friday feature, and without one of my staple memes, I confess, I did feel a bit lost. Until I got an awesome email asking me to be a part of a NEW Friday feature in the absense of TGIF to fill our hearts and minds with happiness. And that will be………..

 

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.

Full details to come later, but keep your eyes open next Friday 9/14 for our very first edition of Casting Call!!! We look forward to bringing you our dream casts as well as hearing what YOU think about our choices and who you would pick as well.

Hope to see you there!