Calling Hollywood: Cast this Contemporary YA Romance ASAP!
I’m sure we are all excited that Hollywood has started bringing some of the best, and best-selling, YA novels to the silver screen. We can thank Twilight for exposing this billion-dollar fan-base just waiting to pounce. Sure, some have been successful, Hunger Games, and others less so, Beautiful Creatures and City of Bones (check out the Swoon Reads review here). And of course, there is the highly anticipated Divergent coming in 2014 which I personally can’t wait to see. I can’t help but notice that these titles are all in the vein of paranormal/dystopic YA fiction. So here’s my question, when is Hollywood going to wise-up to the fact that the fans that made Twilight roughly a gazillion dollars at the box office and in DVD sales were looking for romance? I’m sure it’s easy for most non-readers think of Twilight as “those Vampire books” but I think we know really it’s about romance. So rather than, or maybe in addition to, trying to find the next paranormal/dystopia hit – I hope Hollywood will start look at other teen titles from the last few years and putting those boy characters we’ve all fallen for onto the big screen.
There certainly is no shortage of young men to cast in these roles we love. In fact, I think we can all agree, there are many an attractive actor over there in Hollywood-land. I’m sure if there were a database where you could pull a list of attractive guys between the ages of 18-30, you would get “system overload” error message. There are some old school favorites, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Leonardo, etc. and then there are the newbies that have cropped up in the last few years, Matt Lauria, Paul Wesley, Liam Hemsworth (both the Hemsworth brothers truthfully). I was thrilled with the casting of Theo James (from a short-lived, but infamous, Downton Abbey role) in Divergent, just from the movie posters alone, he oozes Four’s confident, troubled, amazingily attractive persona. Really, between the great growth in YA romance and the wealth of cute guys in Hollywood there is so much potential on both sides of this equation.
To be fair, Hollywood hasn’t completely forgone Contemporary YA, we do have Fault in Our Stars (and Augustus Waters!) to look forward to, but there are so many other great leading male roles ripe for casting. So I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite contemporary YA novels with completely crushable leading males and matched them up with some of the particularly charming gentlemen that Hollywood is holding onto these days, let me know what you think:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Levi – Sam Palladio (adorable and sensitive guitar player on Nashville)
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: Jase Garrett – Matt Lauria (who came into Friday Night Lights late in the game to make us feel better for the other guys that left)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Oliver – Matthew Lewis (aka surprise hottie, Neville Longbottom)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Etienne St. Clair – Andrew Garfield (looking fantastic in spandex as Spiderman)
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta: Tom Mackee – Liam Hemsworth (perhaps you’ve already seen him in Hunger Games?)
Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt: Sean Griswold – Paul Wesley (one of the MANY swoon-worthy men on Vampire Diaries)
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: Conrad and Jeremiah Fisher – Taylor Kitsch and Chad Michael Murray
Let me know, Swooners – which crushable character are hoping to see come to life? Who have you seen recently that you would love to see trying to woo?