Blog Hop: Casting Your Favorite Books

Remember last fall I participated in the Book Blogger Hop a few times?  I had fun with it, but then I got distracted or something, and haven’t looked at it in quite a while.  I finally checked back in, and found some very interesting discussion topics in upcoming weeks!

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This week’s question is: If you could turn one of your favorite books into a film, who would you cast?

I am so immensely intrigued by this question!  And after spending quite a few minutes staring at my bookshelves and thinking…I found out I’m immensely bad at answering it.  I have a theory, though.  See, my favorite books are often my favorites because the characters are so vivid and alive–to the point that I can’t imagine any actor filling that role.

I’d love to see a movie version of Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet…but how could anyone possibly live up to the role of Alanna?  I don’t think it can be done.

But I did hit on one book I could cast–Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean.  It’s a Peter Pan sequel, and practically the only sequel-to-a-classic-by-a-different-author that I actually like.  In fact, it’s excellent and I highly recommend it!  There are only three major roles–Wendy, who I think could be played very well by Chloe Grace Moretz, recently in Hugo.  She could handle a nice mix of child and seriousness.  Then there’s Ravello, the sinister but charming villain, for whom I would cast Johnny Depp (probably surprising no one!)  I struggled on who could play Peter, but finally hit on someone–Daniel Huttlestone, who played Gavroche in Les Miserables.  He could definitely play another cheeky, cocky boy.

So what book would you like to see as a film?  And who would you cast?

3 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Casting Your Favorite Books

  1. Daniel Huttlestone as Peter Pan! Yes.

    Honestly I would have a hard time casting books, too. I can pick some characters and know who I’d like to see play them, but probably not a whole cast. Basically what I want a movie of more than anything right now is The Silver Chair (the next one in the Narnia series… I don’t know if they’re actually going to make it, though) with Alan Rickman as Puddleglum. Please. PLEASE. I need this in my life.

    Honestly, I’d also like to see an Animorphs TV series (or maybe a movie series? I don’t know what it would work better as). I think it’d be really cool. They made one in the 90s but it was really terrible. Maybe SciFi (Or SyFy it is now I guess) could make one of their fabulous miniseries out of the first book. No idea who I’d cast, though. I can’t even think of any teen actors I know of right now.

  2. I am reading The Dark Tower series by Stephen King which follows the adventures of the last gunslinger Roland of Gilead. I am also a Formula 1 racing fan and I know he isn’t an actor but one of the F1 drivers Mark Webber is the spitting-image of the description that King gives of Roland!

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