Read-a-thon – Challenge: Bookish Movies

Lydia over at The Lost Entwife has come up with a great challenge for the hour:

Here is your question: Think of your favorite book – has it been made into a movie? If not (and maybe you’ll need to go to your 2nd favorite book and so on), tell me if you’d like to see it made into a movie and pick one character from the book and give me information on which actor you’d love to see cast in the part. Make your post as fun as possible, tell me why you think the movie would be amazing and why the actor/actress you chose would be perfect in the part!

Well, I don’t really have a favourite book in the strictest sense. I do, however, have several contenders for the title. Unsurprisingly, to those of you who frequent DBD, I LOVE the Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. Seriously. Big, Big Super!Fan.

So, I thought I would cast my two favourite characters from the series:

Dakota Fanning as Chloe Saunders!

She is an amazingly talented actress, and looks slightly too young.  Chloe is described as a rather under-developed, young-looking 15 year old – and I think Dakota has a face that could pull that off even in her late teens.

This shot is from Dakota’s film Push, and she even has the crappy!red-streaks that Chloe has in the books.  FATE.  ♥

Steven Strait as Derek Souza!

Okay, so he isn’t covered in acne.  But neither is Derek towards the end.  He just has that rugged!handsome look, combined with possibly-werewolf-like!earthiness and a not-disturbing!well built body.  And I think Steven could pull off the genius that is Derek.

And just look at those vaguely-emo!eyebrows – you’d follow a guy with those into the woods, wouldn’t you?


Anyhow, that’s my dream cast.  *pets the pretties* Am off to continue reading Perfect Chemistry!

April 2010 Read-a-thon: Update #2: The Half-way Mark

Strange Angels by Lili St. CrowIt is hour 12 of the readathon – which means it is time for a halfway mark survey!  Alas, I have only been able to read for about 5/12 hours, but they have been glorious so far.

What are you reading right now? Still reading Strange Angels by Lili St.Crow (which is awesome and so much sadder than I expected)  Have about 100 pages left till the end.

How many books have you read so far?  Alas, zero.  I did get a fair bit of my course-related non-fiction read though… just not a whole book!

What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?  PERFECT CHEMISTRY BY SIMONE ELKELES!  Whoot!

Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?  I lied and told people I have studying to do.  But isn’t a lie in the name of literature a good this?

Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  Not so well.  I have given in to telephone calls and dinner invites… everyone thinks they are doing me a favour, taking me away from my work… guess my lie wasn’t the best idea after all!

What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  How quickly the hours go!  Especially when it comes to challenges.  I made posts for two and then missed the deadline…  *grumbles*
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  Please, oh please, post links to the main blog updates on twitter.  *puppy eyes*

What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?  Lots, probably.  Like stacking up on digestive biscuits…. which are surprisingly yummy.

Are you getting tired yet?  Nope!  But I’m a night owl, and had a late start anyways.

Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?  A good soundtrack, people!  Having music on can fill up a room – and seems to stop me from getting distracted by the words on the page.  If you are a skeptic, start with instrumental music first.  A soundtrack you love, maybe?  See how it goes!

April 2010 Read-a-thon Challenge: If the cover fits!

Another great readathon challenge by Trisha over at Eclectic/Eccentric – Finding covers that fit certain words!  This was really enjoyable to put together, and a nice break from reading.  😉

Disturbing The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
This cover just freaks me out.  Even though, yeah, really beautiful work – I don’t think I would be able to sleep well with this book in my house,

Vibrant Knife by R. J. Anderson
This cover is practically electric.  I love it!

Beautiful Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
These covers are ludicrously stunning, and this one is likely my favourite.  *sighs*

Scary Light Beneath Ferns by Anne Spollen
Even though I really love the image, it is just so ominous.  What is she running from?  What’s behind the mist? It’s getting dark soon… and that can’t be a good thing… *shivers*

Moving The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Something about this stunning cover just really pulls at my heartstrings…

I just love cover posts, so this was a brilliant challenge.  Thanks Trisha!

April 2010 Read-a-thon – Update #1: Non-fiction hurts my brain.

Dewey's ReadathonI considered not spamming you guys with a new post every time I wanted to update… but then decided against it.  *hehe*  Anyhow, my readathon has been epically difficult so far.

Time spent reading: 1.5 hours – I had to eat… alas.
Time spent on blogger/twitter:  Too much!
Books I will get back to: Science in Public – which made my brain hurt.  Especially because I already know most of this stuff.
Currently reading: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow!  My brain feels better now.  Even though Dru’s life is epically tragic.

But yay! challenges!  First off, a challenge over at I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read – choose a chapter from your current book, choose a song to fit it, and give a short synopsis of the chapter.

I chose Chapter 6 of Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow and the song  I Can’t Do This by Plumb… which fits so well, it is rather disturbing.  The Plot?  A character finds themselves suddenly alone and having to face a lot of evil… without help.  It is terrifying and painful and… yeah, the song.

April 2010 Read-a-thon… the starting line!

I’ve gotten a late start to today’s readathon, but am now going with gusto!  My planned reading pile has been oh-so-carefully selected (*rolls eyes*).  as you can see, it has grown since my first planned list.

  • Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder – 441 pages – My if-all-else-fails!read.  LOVE this series
  • Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow – 307 pages – Started this as part of the New Authors mini-challenge, and have really enjoyed it so far!
  • Flat Earth News by Nick Davies – 397 pages – I have read a chapter of this, and it is amazing.  A must for anyone who wants to know who is actually in control of what you read!
  • Tithe by Holly Black – 320 pages – Part of the New Authors mini-challenge.
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – 310 pages – Also part of the mini-challenge.
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – 357 pages – This is supposed to be brilliant!
  • Science in Public: Communication, Culture, and Credibility by Jane Gregory – 304 pages

And tea! Which is a must for me, at all times… especially reading.

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