May 31, 2009

Re-Direct

Since The Girl Who Stopped Swimming is fresh out in paperback, I am doing some guest blogging.

From the guy who brought you The Page 69 Test, comes another groovy concept blog: My Book, the Movie, and it is probably the only place on EARTH where writers get control over Hollywood casting decisions. (This may be a good thing.)

ASIDE: Two entries before my The Girl Who Stopped Swimming entry I saw Vonda N. McIntyre casting Dreamsnake, a book I have read at LEAST 100 times, starting when I was maybe eleven. There are books you read in childhood that are your books, forever, world without end, amen, and no matter hwo much you love a book as an adult, you don't inhabit them in the same way as you can before puberty. I read Jane Austen for the first time when I was a kid, and that's also when I began my life-long love affairs with To Kill a Mockingbird,The Hobbit...and Dreamsnake. I was so invested in this book that I asked my librarian how to contact authors, and then I wrote McIntyre a fanmail through her publisher. She was kind enough to send me a postcard back. This was back in the day when it took STAMPS…classy woman, fantastic writer.

If you have already read The Girl WHo Stopped Swimming, PLAY ALONG! Please? THis is endlessly fun to me --- tell me who you would cast!. Especially as Laurel and Thalia...I think they have to be cast as a set you know? Choosing the perfect Thalia really depends on who you cast as Laurel...

Posted by joshilyn at May 31, 2009 7:38 AM
Comments

I know she's a few years older than the character, but I really love Diane Lane, and think she could do Laurel justice. She looks very wholesome and contained, but Laurel's got a lot of emotion to convey, and I think Diane Lane does this very well. Thalia is a bit of a wacko (I mean that in a good way!) and I'd love to see one of my TNT favorites take her on. Again, I'm casting a bit old, but Kyra Sedgewick or Holly Hunter could both pull off that edgy, slightly scary character.

As for David, hmmm... I see thin and handsome, and he has to be able to wear wire rimmed glasses. I don't care if the character actually wears wire rimmed glasses, that's my yardstick for gorgeous intelligence in men. Frankly, I love Christian Bale, and I think he can become any character. Failing that, Billy Crudup, maybe? Or Jim Caviezel.

Posted by: Sandi at May 31, 2009 10:55 AM

ooooh! CHristian Bale is GENIUS casting. I did nto think of him but he is so great and perfect.

Posted by: Joshilyn at May 31, 2009 11:58 AM

Cameron Diaz for Laurel...she's got that girl-next-door sweet thing going on. And Charlize Theron for Thalia. She's beautiful in the same blonde goddess mode as Cameron, but a little more exotic. And totally capable of the crazy.

Posted by: Amy-Go at May 31, 2009 12:27 PM

Despite your final comment, I actually worked back from Thalia to Laurel, although after reading your casting ideas, I can see that I picture them all *way* differently than you do!!

That said though, you're directly responsible for my casting choice for Thalia, because of that scene where Laurel mentions that the first time she ever saw a Bratz doll she thought someone had modeled a doll on Thalia. Well, I think Christina Ricci looks like a Bratz doll come to life (scary!! heh) and I can never decide from one time to the next when I see her if I think she's unconventionally attractive or just flat-out bizarre-looking, so she's who I would cast as Thalia.

From there I thought about who would be about the right age and physical type to look like she could conceivably be Christina-Thalia's sister, but is much more the conventional girl-next-door sort of pretty and I came up with Natalie Portman. They'd both have to go blonder, of course, but that's not a problem in Hollywood!

For David, I kind of picture a Matthew Fox type with glasses, but I like Sandi's Christian Bale suggestion better. ;-)

Posted by: DebR at May 31, 2009 12:52 PM

Amy I had CHarlize for Laurel, how interesting.

oooooh Deb. I LOVE Christina Ricci---when Scott and I recently played CASTING with BACKSEAT SAINTS, she was my pick for Rose Mae Lolley and Scott;s pick for Arlene. Portman and Ricci, what a great combo, but could they look old enough to have a 13 year old daughter/niece? They both look so young that if you put em in pigtails they could still PLAY SHelby.

Still, they could both be in their 30's by the time a movie gets made, the Hollywood works. *grin*

Also, I wouldn;t blonde them. They have similar, sisterly coloring, so I'd just have Thalia dn Laurel be brunettes.

Posted by: Joshilyn at May 31, 2009 1:33 PM

Ricci is sheer genius..she does have that "I might just be crazy" thing going on. Portman would be a great foil for her, too.

Posted by: pendy at May 31, 2009 2:29 PM

Well, I have to confess I just bought all three of your books today. I started with The Girl Who Stopped Swimming. I did not read the comments here because I didn't want to be jaded by picking the cast of characters. When I'm finished I'll post here who I think should play them. I love doing this sort of thing. ;-) Thanks for being here.

Posted by: c.a. Marks at May 31, 2009 4:58 PM

I LURVES this idea! When I was in a book club eons ago, I "invented" the idea of "Cast the Movie," and at the end of each discussion, we would throw out our suggestions for actors to play the lead characters. I "cast" in my head as I read--I am a visual person and love having a picture of the person.

As a going-on-40, I vote for older actresses playing older characters. I love all of Sandi's ideas--Diane Lane, Kyra Sedgewick and Christian Bale. That would be a HOT cast!

Julie Roberts would also be great as Thalia and would be a "big name" draw. I think she could do bitchy-crazy well and she is certainly beautiful. Michelle Pfeiffer might be an option for Laurel--she is older but does not look her age. I also think Jodi Foster would be a great Laurel--she has an amazing range of emotion in her facial expressions and does weary well.

Posted by: bunny at May 31, 2009 5:02 PM

I love this idea--in fact, in the book club I participated in eons ago, I was the one who started "Cast the Characters" where at the end of each meeting, we would choose our favorite actors to portray the book's main characters. I do this anyway when I am reading--I am a visual person and having a mental image of a character is something I seem to need.

I love Sandi's idea of Diane Lane and Kyra Sedgwick. As someone pushing 40 hard, I vote for having older actresses play older characters esp. since there are so many great actresses in the 40ish age bracket. If you want to go for big names, what about Jodi Foster for Laurel (she has great expression) and/or Julia Roberts for Thalia (she is certainly beautiful enough and does ballsy well).

As for David, Christian Bale is super-duper in my book.

Posted by: bunny at May 31, 2009 9:40 PM

Oh, stop! (Me.) I can't read any more of this - I still haven't had a chance to read TGWSS yet, and I don't want any movie actors in my head!
I will hurry up and go get that paperback now, perfect for an upcoming Texas weekend vacation at the lake.
(I already bought the hardback when it came out... then promptly mailed it to Roxanne.)

Posted by: Stephanie at May 31, 2009 10:25 PM

LOL - I shouldn't have read the comments before I tried to play. I ended up over at Google, hunting for photos - because (apart from Diane Lane, Cameron Diaz and Charlize Theron) I had absolutely no idea who the actors were. Now I have so many pictures in my head, I'm totally confused. I do like Diane Lane as Laurel, though. Oh, wait a minute. What about Lauren Graham as Thalia? Here's a clip from "Sweet November" to refresh your memory of this Gilmore Girl.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0s4fAq2L94&feature=related

Posted by: Sandra Leigh at June 1, 2009 1:40 AM

Susan Sarandon as Thalia, Mandy Moore as Laurel...though Natalie Portman works, too. (By the bye, eagerly anticipating your visit to Auburn on Saturday! Is TGWSS the book you're reading/signing, or is it the new one?)

Posted by: Kalynne Pudner at June 1, 2009 2:28 AM

Hmmm, I posted a comment yesterday but it has yet to show up. I know there is a holding pattern for author approval though.

Posted by: c.a. Marks at June 1, 2009 9:41 AM

Reese Witherspoon as Laurel. And as counterpoint, Demi Moore as Thalia.

Posted by: karen at June 1, 2009 10:40 AM

My first thought, reading this (and before I read your choices) was Chloe Sevigny for Laurel. I think she'd be perfect. For Thalia? I could see Charlize Theron, as others have suggested.

Posted by: Aimee at June 1, 2009 10:48 AM

I've been reading your blog for more than a year, and have never commented. I'm feeling "outgoing" today plus this is a fun thing to think about!

I think Amanda Peet would be GREAT as Laurel and I really liked your pick of Cate Blanchett for Thalia.

I don't know. To me, Amanda as Laurel just...fits. She is exactly the image that was in my brain while I was reading and I didn't even know it.

Thalia was a bit harder to think of someone for, but I came around to Cate as a good choice.

Posted by: Elizabeth at June 1, 2009 11:43 AM

I am 41 myyself EEP -- but Laurel had Shelby at 19, so she has to be about 33 now, tops, which makes Thalia 35. AManda Peet is a SMART CAST! Did nto think of her -- she is SO good.

TYhe narrator of the book I am writing now (not the ROse booki, thats done, and ROse is 28 and RICCI WOULD BE PERFECT mark my WORDS) the main character is 45, and I can COMPLETELY see Kyra Sedgewick in that role. I LOVE her. SHe is only about 40, 41, but she WILL be 42 or 43 by the time the book comes out :)

OOOH thanks CA -- I hope you enjoy the books :)

AND yes I found about 12 comments that got SPAMINATED and released them from limbo -- they should be showing up now.

Posted by: Joshilyn at June 1, 2009 2:31 PM

GAH yes several comments go shunted into SPAM by my vigilent program that keeps most of the liks to pR0n out of my comments. HEH.

I am 41 myself, but Laurel had her daughter at 19, remember, so she can;t be more than 33 when the book begins. So Thalia is probably 35. I LOVE the Amanda Peet idea -- she's great.

I finished the ROSE book -- and STILL think Rivcci is PERFECT for ROse, and the book I am just starting has two main characters, one 45 and one 15. SEDGEWICK would be PERFECT for the older one! Hee I love this game.

Posted by: Joshilyn at June 1, 2009 2:34 PM

This is kind of out of left field, but if we're talking about older actresses playing the sisters, how about Laura Linney for Laurel? I think she'd bring a lot to the part. Or Joely Richardson. And I third or fourth or whatever Cate Blanchett for Thalia. And whoever said Matthew Fox for David is a genius!

Posted by: Cathy at June 1, 2009 5:33 PM

I haven't yet read Girl Who Stopped Swimming, but I will tell you about a conversation with my one-day-in-the-future SIL ... she lives in Opelika. Last night she tells me how she's going to the library this weekend to see you. And neener neener sad for me. I almost cried. She consoled me saying she'd get your book signed for me. So when a cute southern belle named Kathleen asks for a second book for Catherine - don't think she's off her rocker!

Posted by: Catherine at June 2, 2009 10:03 AM

Oh how VERY cool. A coupla people are coming I was worried abotu going to AUburn U when School is out, but I think there will be peopel there. I am excited about the trip :)

I will draw a fish on it for you---I like to draw a little fish sometimes when signign that book.

Posted by: Joshilyn at June 3, 2009 1:14 PM

Laurel - Holly Hunter
Thalia - I have no idea!

Posted by: 5elementknitr at June 4, 2009 10:24 AM