Thursday, April 5, 2012

I'd Like A Movie Version Please (2)

Day two of I'd like A Movie Version Please is here. It really has been fun scouring my bookshelves and Goodreads list of all the books I've read and loved so much that they've become favorites for good. And sorting through all of those titles for which I'd really like to see be made into movies has just been a blast, without a doubt! Today, in addition to picking another five YA titles that I'd like to see adapted into film, I'm also including an actor/actress that I'd like to see play in that movie. They might not be exactly who I originally pictured in my head while reading these titles for the roles, but after looking around, I really think these actors/actresses could hit these characters out of the park with their skills and talent.

Which titles are you shelves would you like to see hit the big screen? Any actors or actresses in mind that you could see featured in those films? Shoot me an email or leave me a comment and let me know what you've got up your sleeve. It's always fun to speculate and cross your fingers that one day maybe these favorites of ours will be premiering at the movies just like we'd always wanted!

I'd Like A Movie Version Pick #1: Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker, #1) by Jenna Black

It's all she's ever wanted to be, but it couldn't be further from her grasp...

Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but shes in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides shes had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl, she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her new found friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she'll never have a chance with...until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn't sure where she'll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again.

How much did you guys just love Black's Faeriewalker series? I can't even honestly choose which of the three titles in the series was my favorite, they were just all so good, it's too close of a race. Each of the characters were chalk full of heavy backgrounds and lots of personality. After reading this series opener, readers really got the feeling that they knew a good bit about each of the characters. And what Black left out of one novel, she made sure to circle back around and fill in later on down the road. The world she created in modern day times was fantastical and so much fun to picture in my own head that I can only imagine what film makers could do with it if they transformed it onto the big screen. And honestly, Black's main character Dana was just wonderful. A heroine that you couldn't help but get behind and root for from the beginning to end. Being pulled in a million different directions by so many different people and with the stakes so high for each decision and move she made, she handled everything a lot better than I think most would have. So when I think about an actress to take on her roll, while I'm sure a good number of individuals would do an amazing job, I can picture...Alexis Bledel, best known for her long stint in Gilmore Girls. She played such extremes on that show and in later movies, that we've gotten to see her as the poised, and beautiful older actress, as well as the somewhat awkward and unsure of herself teenager. A perfect combination for a character like Dana.

I'd Like A Movie Version Pick #2: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Why can't you choose what you forget . . . and what you remember?

There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.

But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them?

Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her.

Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

This was the first book of Echols' that I had the opportunity to read and right then and there I became an instant fan of her work. Her writing brought out all kinds of emotions and after reading other blogger and reader reviews, I know that I was not alone. Her characters are so easy to connect with on so many levels that I'm not sure it's even possible to come away without being invested in her books. And this was not a one time deal either. I've read other titles by Echols since and each and every one of them has me running through the gauntlet of emotions, no matter what I do. I love it! So while both main characters in this book would be fun to cast, this time around I decided to focus in on Doug. He's so tough to figure out through this novel, mainly because Echols wants it to be that way, that it's not until the very end that readers get to see what he's really all about. But throughout the novel, it's still easy to see that Doug would be a guy that any girl would have a hard time not falling in love with him. So for that reason I had to find an actor that was able to be attractive while maintaining that brooding quality along with keeping a quiet disposition at the same time, so for those reasons I thought...Matt Lanter might be just right. He's been in a few different things here or there, but most recently I think 90210 was his most popular. What do you think? Do you think he could pull off the roll?

I'd Like A Movie Version Pick #3: Oh.My.Gods (Oh.My.Gods, #1) by Tera Lynn Childs

A modern girl's comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.

When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe's plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That's right, they're real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes: ubersupersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they're on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.

Childs' series is just plain old fashioned fun, no other way to put it. Little kids could get hooked on this, as well as the older crowd too. No matter what age, or gender, it seems like even if you're not a history buff or bibliophile, there's just something about Greek and Roman mythology that interests just about everybody in one way or another. Now Childs' books are obviously not going to fall in the non-fiction end of things, but she sticks close to the root of things when it comes to the gods and goddesses, as well as their reputations and abilities. So while you're not going to read or go see this in the theater for brush up on your history lessons and knowledge, it would still be a nice and fun family movie for all to enjoy. And when you look closely at this series, there are just so many characters to choose from when I was thinking of who I would want to cast in this film version. I ended up deciding that Griffin Blake would be a hard character to pass up on. So if I had my way, his character would be portrayed by Robert Hoffman. Who didn't love him in Step Up 2 the streets? I mean come on!

I'd Like A Movie Version Pick #4: Song of the Moon (Artemis Lupine, #1) by Catherine Banks

What if you found out that there was another world inside your own? What if all of the things you thought made you weird, actually made you powerful?

Artemis's life is changed forever when the mysterious man from her dreams, Ares, comes to claim her as his mate. The seventeen year old girl must find a way to adapt to her true life and accept her fate or run from it. She must overcome her fears and human ideals to give her self to the dangerous world, and man, that is her destiny.

Everyone knows by now how much I love love love this series, and that's not going to change any time soon if ever! Banks hooked me on this one despite this somewhat shaky cover art...nothing wrong with it per se but it's not the best I've seen either. But despite that critique, this book and series made me an instant fan from page one. I'm counting down the days until Banks releases her fourth installment in the series, and it's can't get here soon enough in my opinion. But while there are some aspects of this book, namely the paranormal creatures and how they could make all this magic happen on the big screen possible, but honestly....if they can find a way to work out the wolves in the Twilight movies, there won't be a problem here either. And while they all deal with some of the same creatures, that's where the similarities end. As far as casting the characters in this one...I can't help but it but I'm not sure who to pick. So I decided to go with the main character, Artemis. The male leads are simply to hard to choose between. So for Artemis, I think I'd have to go with someone like Camilla Belle. She hasn't been in anything recently, seems to stick more towards the fashion circuit nowadays, but I think she could handle the job. She always looks terrific but she seems like one of those girls who no matter if you dress her up or down, she's comfortable in the way she looks and it shows!
I'd Like A Movie Version Pick #5: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Love is all you need... or is it? Penny's about to find out in this wonderful debut.Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her non dating ways . . . which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like. . .

No words can describe how much I adored this book. I will admit to being slightly biased after meeting Eulberg at a book festival and signing. After hearing her speak and chatting with her while she signed my book, there's just something about her personality that has you feeling like you've been friends with her for forever. So it's hard not to root for her. But despite her stellar personality and public speaking skills, her work speaks for itself. Not to mention that I'm a huge Beatles fan, so seeing her cover just about won me over before I'd even cracked open the actual book. But the cute way that she's integrated their music into her plot and character's personalities is just so endearing and adorable. I'm thinking the potential this movie would have would be off the charts, not to mention how great the soundtrack to accompany it could be right? So of course I had to pick Penny Lane as the character I wanted to cast, and I thought Ella Fanning would be a fun choice. She's never seen with over the top makeup and I think she could totally pull off the low key Juno like style and wardrobe...not to mention lead a revolution against boys and dating, don't you agree?

Stay tuned tomorrow for part three of I'd Like A Movie Version Please! Happy Reading!

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