The cover of the next of the Bane Chronicles: The Runaway Queen! Enjoy, my lovelies! Magnus, what a distinguished ring you have.
1. Shailene Woodley is a brilliant actress and Golden Globe nominee. I cannot think of any 18-year-old actress who has received the kind of critical acclaim that she has (she also won an Independent Spirit Award).
She auditioned for The Fault in Our Stars not because she needs the part (I mean, she’s in the new Spider Man movie, for God’s sakes) but because she loves the book. Her depth of understanding were immediately obvious in the audition and for me there could be no one else to play Hazel. (There were a bunch of really good auditions, but Shailene just understood Hazel as I imagined her.)
I am not particularly concerned with physical looks; Hollywood can fix that stuff. (Remember when Nicole Kidman became Virginia Woolf?) I’m concerned with whether she can embody the voice and experience and life of Hazel. She can.
2. Ansel Elgort is also a huge fan of TFiOS (it is, in fact, his favorite book). He was a high school basketball player who also happens to be a very intellectual guy. Most importantly, when he auditioned, he became Augustus. Watching him audition with Shailene, he was just Gus and she was just Hazel. He understood Gus, and clearly had a very deep and thoughtful relationship with the book. Honestly, I’m a bit confused as to how you can dislike an actor whose work you have definitionally never seen, since his first movie isn’t out yet.
3. Novelists do not cast movies, so these were not my decisions (although I did have a lot of input). But I’m defending them because I think they’re both perfect for their parts (and I’d tell you if I felt otherwise).
4. There seems to be some concern that Ansel and Shailene are playing siblings in a different movie. I guess I can understand that, but they’re actors. They can play different roles. They’ll look different and act different and be different. I mean, no one watched Silver Linings Playbook and thought, “When did Katniss move to the suburbs of Philadelphia?”
If the movie works, you’ll sit down in the theater and you won’t say, “Oh look it’s Shailene Woodley,” or, “Oh, look, it’s Tris from Divergent.” You’ll say, “Holy wow Hazel Grace.”
After seeing lots of these, we also decided to have a giveaway for all of our followers! Here is what this giveaway includes:
- 3 Medium Sized Posters (Peeta, Gale, and Katniss)
- 1 LARGE Peeta Poster
- Us Hunger Games magazine
- People Hunger Games magazine
- The Hunger Games Trilogy
- The Hunger Games DVD Deluxe Version (comes with iTunes code for the movie)
- District 12 Knee-High Socks
- 1 Hunger Games Rubber Bracelet
- 1 PEETA Rubber Bracelet
- Hunger Games Band-aids
- The Hunger Games: Tribute Guide
- Peeta Spiral Notebook
- The Hunger Games Calendar
- A bunch of small posters from magazines of the cast
- MacBook in Mint Condition
- NEW iPhone 5!
- Black Solo Beats
How we will choose the winner:
This will be random, but the more you reblog the more you will be noticed!
- You must be following jhutchpeetamellark (me) and mellarkablejosh, if we choose you and you aren’t, we will pick a new winner
- Reblogs count more than likes
The giveaway will end on June 31st. The winner will be notified within a week. We ship internationally so anyone can enter! Thanks!
Oh God. I’m
endlessly rereadingstuck with this. There’s a part me of me that wishes Chapter 62 didn’t end. Ugh! There’s something with a man and his changed heart. Why Juliette, why!? Yeah, there’s Adam, but he’s too boy-next-door, mainstream, bland almost. And then Warner… Aaron Warner, please help me God, I can’t even! I can’t move on!