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Suddenly, this I feel like a kid again: the Captain Underpants movie is heading to theaters this January!

For a limited time, ed the pilot episode of Delirium, the TV show based on Lauren Oliver’s novel, will be available for viewing on Hulu.

Oh yes, more The Maze Runner stills have been released. You can NEVER go wrong with that.

Rumors are abound that Jason Momoa is slated to appear as Aquaman in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie.

A release date for the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG has been announced! My childhood heart is so happy!


The Teen Choice Awards nominees are out, and YA movie adaptations seem to be ruling! Get your vote on!

Check out the first official promo poster for Insurgent!

New UK trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy has been released.

Get your first look of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in this newly released still!

New poster featuring Chloe Moretz in If I Stay has surfaced!

Lionsgate releases new district propaganda posters in anticipation for Mockingjay!

Black Widow Film Possibly in the Works?

The Amazing Spider Man 2 DVD/Blu-Ray gets a release date!

Lunar Chronicles fans! Marissa Meyer has written a prequel of sorts, all about the deliciously evil Queen Levana!

Check out the full winner’s list from the Critic’s Choice Awards!

Here you are, YA fans, the official synopsis for the movie adaptation of The DUFF.

Check out some first looks at the new Disney series, The Descendants!

The Powerpuff Girls are returning in a whole new series, coming in 2016!

Han Solo down! Han Solo down! Harrison Ford suffers an injury on set that sidelines him for TWO whole months :(

Rupert Grint, known for playing Ron Weasley, will be making the jump to Broadway! Yay!

The new additions to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are opening July 7th, check out some pictures from the grand opening preview!

Star Wars: Episode 8 has a director; find out who it is!

Get ready, Legend of Korra fans! Season 3 is coming and sooner than you thought!

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Check out all the information on the movie tie-in edition of If I Stay!

New Maze Runner stills have been revealed!

E. Lockhart’s most recent novel, sales which is getting SO much buzz, viagra 40mg has officially been optioned for film!

One of my favorite childhood story characters, medical Paddington, is heading to the big screen; check out the new trailer!

New images from the newest Jurassic Park film have been released, featuring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Divergent fans, what you’ve been waiting for is finally here! Our Uriah has officially been cast for Insurgent and has arrived for filming!

More casting news for Insurgent, Rosa Salazar has been cast as Lynn!

In other Divergent news, Hector, the younger brother of Lynn and Marlene, has been cast as well!

Two new cast members have been announced for the adaptation of The DUFF.

A Song of Ice and Fire author, George RR Martin has officially joined twitter!

City of Bones star, Lily Collins, has been cast as the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zomibes!

The first official trailer for Legend of Korra season 3 has finally been revealed!

Its happening, 90s kids, Netflix orders a reboot of The Magic School Bus!

Interesting announcement for video game fans: Sony has a Sonic the Hedgehog movie in the works.

Anomaly, featuring Ian Somerhalder and Noel Clarke, has a trailer!

Vanity Fair has chosen 23 women that will be the new wave of the future.

Check out all these new behind the scenes photos of the filming of Divergent.

The official author list for YALLFest 2014 has been announced and its MIND BLOWING.

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A new trailer and poster has been revealed for Love, stomach Rosie, medicine starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.

Naomi Watts joins the cast of Insurgent, page as Four’s mother.

Cassandra Clare announces that there will be Simon Lewis short stories in the near future.


A new full-length, extended trailer for The Giver has been released!


The leader of Candor has been cast, welcome Daniel Day Kim to the Divergent family!

The new trailer for Gayle Forman’s If I Stay movie adaptation is released, and includes scenes from the prologue.

Watch the first trailer for the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Best of Me.

Michael Gambon, aka Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter movies 3-8, has been cast in a role in JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy! Find out the rest of the casting here!

Check out the first two chapters of Robert Galbraith’s (aka JK Rowling) second novel, The Silkworm, and make sure to preorder it through your indie bookstore!

Will the Song of Ice and Fire series by one book longer than anticipated? George RR Martin’s editor suggests this might be so!

Star Wars Episode 7 adds two fantastic ladies to the cast: Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)! Fun fact: Gwendoline was recently cast as Commander Lyme in Mockingjay!

Want to learn Dothraki? Well, with this new companion software, you can!

Set photos have been leaked from the upcoming Star Wars movie, and it looks like we’ll see a bit of the Millennium Falcon!

JJ Abrams has an interesting response for the leaked Star Wars Episode 7 photos.

Both John Green and Nat Wolff talk about the upcoming adaptation of another of John’s books, Paper Towns.

George RR Martin wants to put you in A Game of Thrones…and kill you. Find out how it could be you!

Rumors are abound that Benedict Cumberbatch could be starring in a Dr. Strange movie!

Ant-man gets a new director in the form of Peyton Reed!

Teen Wolf fans: the official trailer is finally here!

The cover for Abbi Glines’ new novel has been revealed! Check it out!

The Fault in Our Stars opens up to a huge box office weekend, aims to beat out Shailene’s other blockbuster hit this year, Divergent.

The DUFF has officially begun filming, check out all the photos we’ve seen so far!

A trailer for Maggie Stiefvater’s Sinner has been released!

Sherlock Season 3 has hit Netflix (along with Orange is the New Black) and it includes bonus features!

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Let’s Talk About…Casting


I was recently chatting up some fangirls online when someone mentioned that they were upset about complaints that some Divergents fans had about Theo James. They were saying he wasn’t attractive enough to play Four (more on that later), cure that he was too old, find etc. etc.

And I really could understand where she was coming from, cheap and it really got me thinking about the world of YA adaptations (or just adaptations in general) and the process of casting our favorite characters.

Now, before I really dive into this, I do have to say this: was that person blind? Seriously? I can’t understand why this person thought Theo James wasn’t attractive enough to play Four. I mean, I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that stuff, but really? I think most people would agree that Theo James is QUITE attractive.


Seriously? I’m still insanely baffled. Also, if you’ve read the book, you’ll know that Four isn’t exactly attractive, not conventionally so. Neither Tris nor Four is supposed to be good-looking, its their personalities that really jump off the page. But again…Theo James…not attractive. I’m baffled.

Moving on.

This is not the first time I’ve heard outrage like this for a casting of a character.

Think Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior and Hazel Grace Lancaster.

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All fans had of Shailene Woodley was her stint on The Secret Life of an American Teenager and her performance in The Descendants before suddenly she was cast as Amy in The Spectacular Now, Mary Jane Watson in Spiderman, Tris Prior in Divergent and Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars. Fans of alll of those were not happy.

Think Danila Kozlovsky as Dimitri Belikov.


Most fans of Vampire Academy said that Danila was not attractive enough (seriously? are people blind?) and that he was too FAT to play Dimitri. Yeah. Too fat.

Think Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland.


Fans were in an uproar because they didn’t find Jamie attractive enough to play Jace, and they also said that he was entirely too skinny to play a character that was a warrior, fighting demons all the time.

Think Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair.


Again, fans said Sam was not attractive to play Finnick, who was described in the book as incredibly attractive. They also said that he wasn’t built like Finnick, who was also a fighter and needed to be well equipped to using a trident.

Think Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.


Again: attractiveness, not built big enough, too scrawny, too short, etc.

(I’m starting to see a trend with the boys here…)

And it continues even now. People were in outrage over Charlie Hunnam’s casting as Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie (though they were a lot quieter when Jamie Dornan was cast as his replacement). The same can be said of Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and even the four actors chosen to play the Fantastic Four in the reboot.

Look, I could go on and on about unhappy fans and casting choices. I really could. Because it seems every time someone is cast as a known character, whether from a book or a comic book or a previous adaptation, people just tend to be very unhappy.

What I’ve noticed with it too, is that its mostly looks. People get absolutely obsessed with the look of a character.

And I can understand that. All the people that I named, and pictured, above are from book series that mean something to me and are important to me. If you asked me if Shailene, Jamie, Danila, Josh, Sam, or even Theo, was what I pictured as those characters, the answer would be a resounding “no”. Definitely not.

But here’s the thing: I don’t think ANYONE is what I pictured for Tris or Hazel Grace or Jace or Four or Dimitri or Peeta or Finnick. Because that’s the beauty of reading: escaping into these pages, into a made up world. Sure, the author has exactly what they have in mind when they’re writing but there’s a beautiful translation to each reader, who pictures the setting, the story, and the characters in their own unique way.

So no, I wouldn’t have picked any of those actors to play those characters. Tris and Four, Peeta, Finnick, Dimitri, and especially Jace are characters that I am especially close to and have a firm idea in my head of what they would look like. But perhaps what I have in my mind is completely different from you. That’s the beauty of reading and imagination. Its both the same and completely different experience for each reader. What we see these characters as is going to be different person to person. That’s kind of the fun of fancasting; everyone has a different person in mind. But even when I fancast, its still not what I picture. I have my own imagination of what these characters look like and no one is going to fit them.

I always laugh when I see people nitpick too, like when Jamie’s eyes weren’t golden like Jace’s are in the book and stuff like that. Is that really important? Is that really going to change the dynamic of the story? It always takes me to the Harry Potter movies, which is SUCH a huge franchise, its the top grossing of all time. And think about it: Daniel Radcliffe had blue eyes not green. Emma Watson had blonde hair not brown. And so on. And I’m going to sit here and say, yeah, I don’t think that ruined the movies in the slightest.

Because beyond that, isn’t there something way more important than capturing the look of a character? To me, its all about capturing the essence of the character: their personality, their soul, the way they walk, talk, and act, their morals and beliefs. I want the character that I’ve gotten to know so well to breathe out of the actor/actress that is portraying them. I want to know that the person portraying this character did their homework and understands them as well as we do, and is going to get in front of that camera and show us. I want them to say those lines I know from the book and have it feel like its really Tris or Jace or Peeta saying them.

That’s more important to me. I want to see this person represent what I love about the character and what I love about the character is who they are as a person. I love that Tris is incredibly selfless and brave but is constantly doubting herself. I love that Peeta is such a good person, its almost unbelievable, and that he tries so hard and it just never seems to work for him, until the end. I love that Jace has an incredible level of sarcasm and cockiness but is so amazingly vulnerable and emotional as well. I love that Four is so dark, and mysterious and closed off but when you see him, you see such a thoughtful, intelligent and incredible person.

And what I’ve seen of these movies, and these portrayals, there are very very very few disappointments. I usually find that the actors chosen to play my favorite characters do a damn good job of portraying them.

I thought Sam Claflin ROCKED it as Finnick Odair. I keep watching my Catching Fire blu-ray and marveling at how much he captures both the charming, flirty side of Finnick but also the painful, secretive side of him as well. Josh Hutcherson is so good as Peeta that I just can’t imagine anyone else playing him. He totally understands the character of Peeta and he brings that to life on screen. I think Shailene does a fantastic job portraying Tris, and the sort of uncertainties she faces when switching from Abnegation to Dauntless.

And to go back to what we started this conversation with: Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton. (Four. He’s Four. Don’t call him Tobias. That’s weird. Just…don’t do it). I saw Divergent about a week ago and I absolutely loved the movie, and a big part of that was Theo James. Four is one of my favorite characters and I think Theo really gets him. He plays the sort of hard, mysterious, intimidating Four that we know in the books. But as Tris begins to unlock him, we see more of him, which only makes us love him as a character more and I think Theo really understood that. He played the character immensely well and I didn’t care at all that he didn’t look like what I personally pictured in my mind.

Besides, seriously? Are you blind? Theo. James. Pure. Sex. Seriously. What is wrong with you?

Seriously? I’m so confused.

Okay, moving on from being obsessed with Theo James gifs…

The point is, I think people are focusing on the wrong thing when it comes to casting our favorite characters. Its not about the looks of an actor. I mean, sure, some physical similarities would be nice, but I don’t really much care about how the character looks, unless its pivotal to the development of the character. Like Tris for instance. She’s small, not classically beautiful and willowy. She’s someone you wouldn’t really expect to be a fighter, and she proves everyone wrong. So Shailene really fits that sort of character.

But that’s not what its about, you know? I want an actor to come in, read the book and embody the qualities that make this a worthy and memorable character. That is what makes me the happiest. I’ve been proven so wrong when it come to actors and I am now trying to be as open as possible when they cast my favorite characters. I really believe that the right actors are chosen to play the part, and I feel grateful that I even get the chance to see my favorite characters on the screen, and see worlds I love come to life.

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