Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I LOVE DARK YA Blogfest: Casting Up Thirteen Reasons Why!

So this week's I Love Dark YA topic kinda makes me stop and feel a little squeamish about going ahead with it, because it's about choosing a Dark YA book and posting your own movie cast for it or soundtrack. And most authors already have soundtracks for their books somewhere around their websites. And they even have movie casts made-up in their heads, even if they aren't officially posted. So putting up my own soundtrack and movie-cast kinda feels like intruding upon the author's territory.

Also, it's hard.

Most of the times, when I read, the characters take shape in my head as figments of my imagination, on the basis of the author's descriptions. I don't necessarily think in terms of, you know, movie stars.

And where music is concerned, I kinda have this staple dark music (comprising a lot of Evanescence, Within Temptation, Death Cab For Cutie, Broken Social Scene, Nirvana, Nightwish etc) which work for almost all dark YA books, so I kinda suck at putting together something for a specific book.

Considering how I have to do this and also considering I missed this last week cos of a busy school schedule, I'm going with a movie cast. One for Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why.
I know Selena Gomez has been cast as Hannah Baker and Logan Lerman is rumoured to have been cast as Clay Jenson, but here's who *I* consider the perfect and the almost-perfect Hannah and Clay.

HANNAH BAKER - Kaya Scodelario

Every time I think of Hannah Baker she is the one who BAMS! into my mind. And it helps that my favourite Thirteen Reasons Why fan-made trailer has her in the lead:

And my CLAY JENSEN would be --> Steven R. McQueen

Plus, these two can act. Can play suffering characters so well.
There are a lot more characters in this book, most of whom appear via Hannah's tapes and then again, sometimes in Clay's world. But if the main characters fall into place, the rest of the cast work fine for me. Mostly.

Who would YOU cast as Hannah and Clay?


E.R. King said...

I agree that Kaya Scodelario would be a good fit for Hannah. I wonder why they went with Selena Gomez? Hmm...

Christa said...

You picked perfectly. And Steven R. McQueen. Love.

M.J. Fifield said...

I loved this book so I think I'm a little disappointed to hear they went with Selena Gomez.

I heart Steven R. McQueen.

Brinda said...

Stephen McQueen is a great actor. Love him on Vampire Diaries. I don't know the girl. It would help if I'd read Asher's book. It's one of many on my list. ;)

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Rida said...

I love Logan Lerman, but dude, Stephen McQueen is CUTE! I wouldn't mind either of them being cast :)

Also, I have no idea why they cast Selena Gomez as Sarah, of all people. Kaya Scodelario would've been better. A lot better.

Anonymous said...

That's so funny. I "cast" Selena Gomez and Logan Lerman in my movie version of LITTLE BROTHER this week. Must be tuned into the zeitgeist.

Rachel Pudelek said...

Okay, now I need to read this book. :)

And yes, I agree with the actors thing. I think some of the pics I posted weren't actors but models I found online. I don't usually see my characters in terms of actors. :)

Shell Flower said...

Great choice with Kaya. I haven't read this book yet, but she's just a perfect dark lead. I loved her on Skins.

Tessa said...

I have staple music too—or staple bands rather. Like Florence + the Machine. And Iris. Can never have too much Iris.

Must get around to reading 13 Reasons one of these days...

Anonymous said...

That's an awesome fan-made trailer.

Your choices are great. If I were to read the novel again, I may picture Kaya in my head.

Sangu Mandanna said...

I LOVE your choice for Hannah! And your Clay is very sexy but I always pictured Clay as a slightly more regular, sweeter-looking type. Ahhh imaginary-casting books is so fun!

xoxo said...

Not Logan Lerman!
He was okay as Percy Jackson but the Musketeer movie just killed it for me!

Pamela K Witte said...

This post is so much fun! I really enjoyed it. Your Hannah is great! And your Clay...maybe a little smoldering, but shouldn't male leads be hot?

Great job!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Ooh, I love your choices. You should get a job in casting. :)

Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for celebrating my debut with me. Go selkies! :)

Read a sneak peek of TANGLED TIDES on Amazon

Anonymous said...

everyone is entitled to their opinion and i love your cast picks but i disagree with the people who put down logan and selena. jay asher himself cast selena as hannah and as far as logan goes it is just a rumor

ps the trailer is awesome

Narangoo Vanchin said...

I just don't think Selena is right for Hannah. Selena is very pretty and cute but Hannah is supposed to be hot and a little miserable. Selena is just very bubbly and happy girl! Kaya is a pretty good choice, better than Selena

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