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The Selective Collective features THE CHAPEL WARS: Page to Screen


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


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.


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!

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!)




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


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 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-


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


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


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!


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


 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 🙂



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!


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!


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