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I’m the kind of writer who never really pictures what her characters look like (just as I’m the kind of reader who has no idea what anyone else’s characters look like), so the casting question is always a tough one for me—fortunately, I’m obsessed with the idea of my books getting turned into movies and TV shows, so it’s one I tend to invest a lot of time puzzling out. And it’s a lot easier when I’m allowed to pick and choose actors from different generations (not least because all of my favorite teen movies come from the 80s.) I’ll start with Max—boyfriend of Nora (the main character)—who’s the only character for whom I actually had an actor in mind from the start: Christian Slater, specifically as seen in Pump Up the Volume, ie the world’s sexiest nerd. If you haven’t seen the movie (and if you haven’t, you should, immediately), basically Christian Slater plays a reserved, awkward kid who radiates the kind of intensity that makes most people uncomfortable…and that’s hiding an entire secret self that he’s either too afraid or too angry to show the world. Plus, those glasses!Learn more about the book and author at Robin Wasserman's website and blog.
As for Eli, the mysterious—and seriously snarky—guy who pops up out of nowhere and won’t go away, I think I might go with my current obsession...[read on]
Wasserman is also the author of the Seven Deadly Sins series, Hacking Harvard, and the Skinned trilogy, which bestselling author Scott Westerfeld called "spellbinding."
Writers Read: Robin Wasserman.
My Book, The Movie: The Book of Blood and Shadow.