Stitch Trilogy Movie/TV Dream Cast

With every book release, there’s one question I’m always *guaranteed* to be asked: Who would play your characters in the movie/TV version?

I’ve taken a stab at answering this question before, but I’d like to revisit my past selections and see if we can make any improvements – plus, we need to add casting for a couple new characters who will be joining us in Stuck!

Alessa – Emmy Rossum

Where you know her from: Shameless (TV series), The Phantom of the Opera (Movie, 2004)

Why I chose her in 2013: She’s young and fresh, and she’s got Alessa’s long brown hair, height, and down-to-earth “real girl” sensibility.  The only thing Emmy doesn’t have are Alessa’s striking green eyes – but that’s what color contacts and Photoshop are for, right?

2018 Verdict: Keep her!  I’ve been keeping my eyes out for the past 5 years and I still haven’t found another actress that fits better than Emmy.

 

Isaac – Alex Pettyfer

Where you know him from: Magic Mike (Movie, 2012), I Am Number Four (Movie, 2011)

Why I chose him in 2013: The eyes, the hair, the body… I challenge you to name one way this guy is NOT a perfect fit for Isaac.  Trust me, once you watch this clip of Alex taking off his shirt on the Ellen show, you won’t want to argue.  Plus, he’s got that classic look that can fit in anywhere from 1917 to 2114, which is exactly what Isaac needs to do.

2018 Verdict: I considered changing this one as I’m not as big a fan of his more recent grizzled look for Isaac, but after sifting through a few more 2018 photos that are more in line with the “Isaac aesthetic,” let’s stick with it!

 

Janie – Willa Holland

Where you know her from: Arrow (TV series), Legion (Movie, 2010)

Why I chose her in 2013: Sharp, cute, and spunky with just enough edge, Willa would be perfect to play Alessa’s sidekick and closest confidant, Janie.  As long as she’s willing to trade her long locks for Janie’s messy bob, she’s got the part!

2018 Verdict: Well, as there’s no more question about her willingness to don a bob, I’d say she’s got the part!

 

Joe – Robbie Amell

Where you know him from: The Tomorrow People (TV series), The Duff (Movie, 2015)

Why I chose him in 2013: With his all-American (okay, Canadian) good looks and that mischievous, swaggering twinkle in his eye, Robbie would be the ideal big brother to Alex Pettyfer’s Isaac.

2018 Verdict: Unfortunately under layers of monstrous “Stuck” makeup we won’t be able to really appreciate that face anymore, but hey, there’s always flashbacks.  He’s got the job!

 

Lizzie – Katheryn Winnick

Where you know her from: Vikings (TV series), Killers (Movie, 2010)

Why I chose her in 2013: Can you say “blonde bombshell?”  Katheryn has that classic hourglass shape and gorgeous glow that makes men drool – and look at that hair!!  But what I love most about her is that she’s not just a doe-eyed fantasy – when she’s determined (see here), she looks fierce.  Like Lizzie, this girl is more than just a pretty face.

2018 Verdict: Ummm, yes.  I’d say my previous assessment was pretty accurate – I don’t want to mess with her, do you?

 

Nikhil – Prateik Babbar

Where you know him from: Bollywood movies Mumbai Diaries (2010), Issaq (2013)

Why I chose him in 2013: Do I really need to explain?  Just go run a Google search for: prateik babbar shirtless and you’ll understand why Alessa was so taken with him in Stitch.

2018 Verdict: The fact that he’s apparently started going by just Prateik gives me pause… not to mention some other bad boy behavior that wouldn’t exactly square with Nikhil’s persona.  That being said, I still think he’s the best fit for the role.  However, we’ve definitely got Rushi Kota of Grey’s Anatomy fame on backup…

 

The Developer – Hayden Christensen

Where you know him from: Star Wars Episodes II & III (Movies, 2002 & 2005)

Why I chose him in 2013: Okay, I’ll admit it – I’m one of the few people who fell in love with Hayden Christensen in his role as Anakin Skywalker, mediocre acting notwithstanding.  But think about it – as the Developer, his awkward acting style would actually be a plus!  Pop some nerd glasses on this face, grow out a greasy mop of hair, and drop a few more pounds to match the Developer’s lanky frame, and I’m sure Hayden’s experience slaughtering innocent child padawans would help him tap into the Developer’s inner evil like an old pro.

2018 Verdict: Given the Developer’s evolution of growing increasingly unhinged over the course of Book 3 and the sociopathic gleam in Hayden’s eyes here, I still think he would be great in this role.  He’s in!

 

Deion – Kendrick Sampson

Where you know him from: How to Get Away with Murder (TV series), Vampire Diaries (TV series)

Why I chose him in 2013: N/A – he’s new to Book 3!

2018 Verdict: Here’s a fun bit of trivia. Deion is actually the first character I created who was based on an actual actor!  I first saw Kendrick as Jesse, an ill-fated student on handful of episodes of the Vampire Diaries (Season 5).  I immediately knew his disarming charm and cool, confident demeanor would make him the perfect guide for reintroducing readers to Paragon, this time from an average citizen’s perspective – and, also, eventually, the perfect, balanced match for one of our spirited heroines who’s been feeling a bit neglected from a romantic standpoint (wink wink!).

 

Alex – Alex Landi

Where you know him from: Grey’s Anatomy (TV series), Broken Land (Movie, upcoming 2018)

Why I chose him in 2013: N/A again – he’s also new to Book 3

2018 Verdict: Deion’s best friend makes his debut shirtless, so while I hate to be shallow, umm… look at this photo!  Alex (the actor) has definitely got Alex (the character’s) chiseled features and physique down to a science… all the better for catching the eye of one of our remaining partner-less heroines (but you’ll have to read the book to see who!).

So, what do you think, Stitch fans?  Do these actors fit pretty well with the characters you pictured in your head?  If this crew wasn’t available, who else would you cast in their place?  Let me know in the comments!

PS – Don’t miss these other fun guest posts from the Stuck Tour!
– Style in Dystopia: 3 Ways to Style a Jumpsuit
– Quiz: Where Do You Rank in Paragon Society? (Citizen, Rebel, Ruling Class, Engineer, or Stuck)
– A Tale of Three Book Covers (How the Stitch, Shudder, & Stuck Covers Were Designed)
– A Playlist of Music to Go With Stuck

Guest Post: “Alessa’s Fashion!” + Highlights: “OMG Ending” & “Developing Deep Characters”

Whole bunch of awesome new content on the tour today!  First, head over to Kindred Dreamheart for a guest post featuring commentary on Alessa’s style and fashion choices, and some super-fun look boards with outfit selections!  Here’s a sneak peek:

In Paragon: Dystopian Conformity

Citizens in Alessa’s colony are given standard-issue gray jumpsuits, so in her day-to-day, she doesn’t have much of a choice about what she wears.  But hey, at least it’s comfortable!  And with a little tailoring, she might even be able to get it to look like options 2 and 3 below (as you can see from the excerpt below, Lizzie managed to make it work). <continue reading>

Kindred Dreamhart - Alessa Look 2

Also don’t miss more tour highlights at The Bookish Daydreamer (“OMG Ending”) and Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf (“Developing Deep Characters” with a focus on Alessa).  And at ANY of these stops, you can earn more entries into the HUGE grand finale giveaway!

Thanks so much to Katrina, Christine, and Melissa for hosting!

Guest Post: “Book Pirates: Not the ‘Arrrgh’ Kind” + Alessa/Isaac Interview, Review & Giveaway!

Nomi's Paranormal PalaceSome awesome new content up today on the Shudder Blog Tour, including an interview with Alessa and Isaac over at Nomi’s Paranormal Palace (plus an excellent review) and a guest post titled “Book Pirates: Not the ‘Arrrgh’ Kind” (plus giveaway & excerpt) at Reading Between the Wines!  Here’s a sneak preview:

From the Alessa/Isaac interview:

Naomi: Hi Alessa and Isaac! Welcome to my Paranormal Palace!!
Alessa: We’re very excited to be here!
Isaac: Thanks so much for having us, Naomi!

Naomi: The pleasure is mine, I assure you! Alright, let’s get straight into the nitty gritty. How are you both adjusting to life now that you are out of the spotlight, not that you realised that you were being filmed before…
A: (big sigh) It’s a relief!  It was SO difficult during Stitch once I realized what was going on.  Can you imagine getting dressed or going to the bathroom knowing there are thousands of people watching you??  It was horrifying.
I: Yeah, we were definitely happy to get some alone time in Shudder.  (gives Alessa a wink)
A: (laughs and elbows Isaac) <continue reading>

From the guest post:

I have a confession to make: at one time in my life, I was a pirate.

No, silly, not the swashbuckling “arrrgh” kind – the digital media stealing kind, of course.  Though I’m proud to say I’ve since reformed my unscrupulous ways and now purchase all of my music and streaming TV legally, in my past life as an internet scalawag I probably acquired upwards of 1000 songs and watched at least 10 or so seasons of some of my favorite shows through shady online “sharing” sites.

I still vividly remember the day in high school when one of my friends introduced me to Napster. The first song I ever downloaded was “Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger, and the experience changed my life.  I never looked back (well, until I graduated college and had a job and realized that a) I could afford to pay for stuff and b) it actually made me feel better to do so, since I would never under any other circumstances condone stealing and I was tired of being a hypocrite).

So I get it.  Really, I do.  Why pay for something you can get for free? <continue reading>

Thanks so much to Naomi and Crystal for hosting today!!

Author/Alessa Interview, Giveaway & Review @ Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts & Reviews and Sarcasm & Lemons

Two super fun new posts up today at Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts & Reviews and Sarcasm & Lemons!

Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts & ReviewsFirst, swing by Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts & Reviews for an AWESOME interview featuring both yours truly and Alessa, plus an e-book giveaway.  Check it out:

Laurie: What was the scariest moment of your life?

Samantha: Oh wow, I’d have to think about that one… Alessa?

Alessa: Haha, this is a little easier for me, considering I’ve had a LOT of scary moments lately…  Let’s see.  I *thought* the scariest moment was when a GHOST turned up in my dorm room!  But then when I found out what the ghost *really* was, and my entire world came crashing down around me, and I realized that pretty much everything I did was a life or death decision… well, that was definitely scarier.

Samantha: Don’t say anymore!  You’ll give away the twist!!

Alessa: Okay, okay – my lips are sealed.

Head over to Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts & Reviews for the rest, PLUS an international e-book giveaway!

Next stop, check out Sarcasm & Lemons for a great (and very thorough!) review of Stitch! Here’s a snippet:

This is one of those books that I liked more the more I read it.  It’s an exciting read that twists you around and makes you wonder, with the characters, what’s true and what’s not.

Stop by Sarcasm & Lemons for the rest!

Thanks so much to Laurie and CJ for hosting Stitch!!

Shudder-o-Meter coming soon… while you wait, Alessa Interview @ Supernatural Snark!

Hey guys!  Sorry things have been kind of light on the blog this week.  You’ll notice that’s it’s going to be like this for the next couple months, since I’m winding down on the Stitch promotion and putting that effort into finishing up Shudder and beginning the marketing efforts for that book.

See what I mean about the snow?

See what I mean about the snow?

I do have a Shudder-o-Meter update coming soon, but I’m waiting to hear back from some of my beta readers before I post it so I can get you guys some good teaser comments.  We woke up to a TON of snow in New York this morning, so hopefully they’ll catch up over the weekend while we’re snowed in!  My weekend, on the other hand, is packed despite the weather, so I’m not sure how much writing I’ll get done this week.  :-(

But anyway, to hold you over until the next Shudder-o-Meter update, I’ve got a great new interview with Alessa to share with you at Supernatural Snark today.  Here’s a snippet:

Thanks so much, Alessa, for stopping by Supernatural Snark for this interview!  Tell me about yourself.
Thanks a lot for having me! My name is Alessa Khole and I just started my freshman year at Eastern State University. I’m taking your usual mix of liberal arts introductory classes, and school hasn’t been too challenging so far, which is lucky since the rest of my life has been a bit of mess lately… I lost my parents in a car accident last year and I still haven’t really gotten over it, so adjusting to college life has been difficult, to say the least. And it certainly hasn’t helped that my sorority house is haunted!

Supernatural Snark

Swing by Supernatural Snark for the rest, and I promise I will get that Shudder-o-Meter update posted soon!  Thanks to Jenny at Supernatural Snark for hosting Stitch!!

“Buffy: The Ultimate Heroine” + Giveaway & Reviews @ Always YA at Heart & Life of a Total Book Nerd

When I came across this infographic on Facebook a few weeks ago, it inspired me to write a guest post on why I admire Buffy the Vampire Slayer so much and how she influenced the character of Alessa (and probably every other female character I will ever write).  You can find that post, “Buffy: The Ultimate Heroine” up today at Always YA at Heart, along with a giveaway and a fab review.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Now, I’m as big of a Twilight fan as the next girl.  But I’ll be honest here – Bella Swan drove me absolutely nuts, and frankly, so did Edward Cullen.  I managed to fall in love with these characters despite my better judgment, because let’s face it, it was an engaging story (and I was extremely gratified to see Bella’s transformation by the end, thank you Stephenie Meyer!).  But there was always that nagging voice in the back of my mind whispering, “How can you ever wholeheartedly support a book that sends this kind of message to readers?”

After all, Bella is no Buffy.

Always YA at HeartHead to Always YA at Heart for the rest, and remember to enter the e-book giveaway while you’re there!

I also wanted to share this great new review from Life of a Total Book Nerd – here’s an excerpt:

There were so many twists and turns in this book, I never saw them coming, like a traffic accident, suddenly everything was spiraling  out of control, and in all directions.

This book was filled with actions, one thing happened right after another. Which doesn’t sound good but actully is, it didn’t go too fast, but it definitely held your attention. I didn’t put the book down once, from the moment I read it. I was instantly hooked I needed to know how the story was going to play out and how it was going to end. I didn’t stop reading until I was at the very last page.

Life of a Total Book NerdThe rest is up at Life of a Total Book Nerd today!

HUGE thanks to Ellen and Nadia for hosting Stitch!!

Last tour day! HUGE Giveaways, “Reunited” Spinoff Story, Interviews, Reviews & More @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace, Book Mark Belles, The Oaken Bookcase & Reading Romances

Can you BELIEVE it’s the LAST DAY of the Stitch Blog Tour already??  I can’t, that’s for sure!  We’ve got a whole TON of goodies to celebrate this milestone with, including stops at 4 amazing blogs with reviews, interviews, a great spinoff story and GIVEAWAYS:

Head to those stops to enter today!  And don’t miss the rest of the great content up there today as well.  First, at Nomi’s Paranormal Palace a great review and awesome author interview:

Did you do a lot of research to write this book? Alessa does research about wormholes and such, did you research as well or is it all fictional?

Believe it or not, all that wormhole stuff is science!  All of the crazy physics in the book comes directly from Stephen Hawking books or scientific articles online.

The rest of that interview and the review are up at Nomi’s Paranormal Palace today, along with the 3 e-book giveaway!  Next is another review (5 stars!!) and interview at Book.Mark.Belles:

5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part for me is coming up with the ideas for what’s going to happen. When you write, you have the ability to make ANYTHING happen to your characters, so it’s hard to know if you’re going down the right path or not.

Check out the rest of that fun interview and an excellent review at Book.Mark.Belles, and don’t forget to enter the 3 e-book giveaway while you’re there!  Our third stop today is a 4-star review from The Oaken Bookcase – here’s a sneak peek:

The characters are quite likeable and even though we haven’t seen a lot of Isaac yet, it sounds like his relationship with Alessa is going to be very sweet and profound in the next book. Alessa herself, along with the other female characters, seem very strong and capable.  The tension is built up so well once the truth is revealed that at some points I was holding my breath, waiting to see what would happen.

Catch the rest at The Oaken Bookcase today!  And finally, for our VERY LAST STOP, swing by Reading Romances for a spinoff story about Isaac and Alessa’s first night back together (this would fit in right between Ch 35 & 36):

Reunited: Isaac & Alessa’s First Night

Alessa numbly fingered the bare shrub at her feet as Isaac folded the letter and put it back in his pocket.  He reached for her hand, squeezing through the thick gloves.

“Less, it’s okay,” he pleaded, willing her to look at him.

Alessa sighed, shifting uncomfortably on the frozen ground.  She couldn’t stand the thought of being separated from her sister again; she’d only just gotten her back.

Be sure to finish the story at Reading Romances today, and of course, don’t miss that giveaway of 5 signed print copies!!

HUGE, HUGE thanks to Naomi, Lisa & Kelly, Angelya, and Nat for helping the Stitch Blog Tour go out in style today, and to ALL of the incredible bloggers who took part in the tour these past couple months!  You guys are truly amazing and I feel so lucky to have met all of you.

And for Stitch fans, this is not the end!  I will be announcing another big giveaway promotion later this week with TONS of prizes, so if you haven’t been lucky enough to win quite yet, there are many, many more chances coming your way… Stay tuned for details.

Thanks again to all of the readers and fans and bloggers who have contributed to making this tour a success!

Alessa’s “What I Love About Isaac” & Isaac’s “What I Love About Alessa” @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy & Book Labyrinth

Awesome guest posts up today at Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Book Labyrinth.  First at Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, a post from Alessa recounting what it is about Isaac that she can’t get enough of:

Isaac is, first and foremost, my best friend.  I wish there were a better word to describe it, but there’s not.  I hate the term “soul mate” – it sounds so cheesy and unrealistic – but that’s the closest I can think of.  Isaac is like a part of me, like something buried deep inside that it’d be fatal to remove.  I’ve always been an independent person – I’ve had no other choice – but I need Isaac in a way that I’ve never needed anyone.  I rely on him to be there for me like I rely on… well, my leg.

Don’t miss the rest at Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy today, along with an e-book giveaway!  And when you’re done, swing by Book Labyrinth for Isaac’s POV (“What I Love About Alessa”):

To this day, I’ve never met anyone as capable as Alessa.  She’s resourceful and quick and brave.  Yes, she can be moody, sometimes doubting herself and sometimes a little overconfident, and as a result, sometimes she makes mistakes.  But she also takes responsibility for those mistakes, and does what she can to set them right.  She steps up when no one else will, and she’s brave when no one else can find it in themselves to be.  She has an amazing spirit, just unbreakable, like a diamond.  I love Alessa, but I also admire her.  She’s everything I ever wanted to be.

Awww, isn’t he sweet?  Catch the rest and also a review up at Book Labyrinth today!  Huge thanks to Jennifer and Ashley for hosting!!

Stick with the tour this weekend for lots more goodies, including a review, a guest post listing my favorite “Epic Plot Twists” and a 3 e-book giveaway!  Also, ending this weekend is the e-book giveaway at Reading With ABC – remember to stop by and enter!

Announcing New Pages on SamanthaDurante.com – More Stitch Content & Writer Resources

Just wanted to take a minute to announce a couple new pages on the site:

First, we’ve got a new More Stitch Content page with links to all the great spinoff stories, character interviews, and other Stitch trivia available online!  Much of this content is originally from guest posts on the blog tour, so if you’ve been keeping up with the tour there might not be too much new, but if you’ve missed any of the stops, you might find something fun!  And, of course, I’ll be keeping this page up-to-date whenever new Stitch-related content becomes available.

The next page I’d like to announce is a dedicated to Writer Resources and includes handy links to my posts on the self-publishing process, marketing advice, formatting tips and tricks, and more.  Again, if you’ve been keeping up with the blog there might not be much new there, but if you’re a recent visitor to the site and are a new author looking for help, this should be your first stop!

Haunted Halloween Spinoff Story, 2 Reviews, 2 Giveaways & Interview @ A Life Bound By Books & For The Love of Film and Novels

So excited to share the great content up today at A Life Bound by Books and For the Love of Film and Novels!  First up, stop by A Life Bound by Books for a review, giveaway (1 SIGNED print copy and 1 e-book), AND a spinoff story about Alessa’s first ghost encounter for the Haunted Halloween festivities!  Here’s a sneak peek:

Still rousing from her slumber, Alessa muddled through her feelings trying to figure out what had disturbed her.  With a gasp, she realized she wasn’t alone.
Her heart in her throat, Alessa peeked through her eyelashes to see if she could find the intruder.  She steadied her breathing as best she could, hoping that whoever was there hadn’t noticed she was awake.  If it was some kind of burglar – or worse – her best chance would be to take him by surprise.

Don’t miss the rest at A Life Bound by Books, including the giveaway of both a signed print copy AND an e-book, and the review!  And there’s lots more spooky excitement from the Haunted Halloween event going on all month long at A Life Bound by Books and Confessions of a Bookaholic, including real scary stories from lots of great authors and TONS of giveaway!  Isn’t Halloween the best?  Thanks so much to Lisa for including Stitch in all the fun!

Next up today is another great review, a super fun author interview, and another e-book giveaway at For the Love of Film and Novels.  Here’s a snippet:

Since Halloween is coming up already, do you have a favorite tradition in celebrating it, if you do at all?  I LOVE Halloween, but I never get to celebrate it enough.  This was actually a trivia question at my wedding and no one believed that it’s my favorite holiday, including my husband!  I guess the fall just tends to be busy for us, so I actually haven’t had an opportunity to really dress up and do something fun since, well, college.  Boo.  But I’m hoping to start a new tradition once we’re settled in our new house and host a demented Christmas party a la Nightmare Before Christmas!  I feel like that would redeem my lack of Halloween spirit the last few years.

Catch the rest at For the Love of Film and Novels today!  Big thanks to Marissa for hosting!!

See you tomorrow at YA Book Addict and Read My Mind for two more reviews and a giveaway!