Friday, September 10, 2010

Casting Call Friday — Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

I'll admit it.  Daniela's Series Showdown inspired me.  I finished both Glass Houses and Dead Girls' Dance this week and I'm completely addicted to the Morganville Vampires series.  It doesn't take itself too seriously, but still has a lot emotion and drama.  I'm already craving the third book in this fun, quirky series so I thought I'd cast them for this week's Casting Call Friday!
First, here's a summary via Goodreads:
From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.
Now, on to the cast!
Claire:  At 16, Claire’s a young college freshman.  She’s small and thin, frequently compared to a mouse.  She’s quiet and studious, but fierce in standing up for what’s right and defending her friends.  She sometimes acts rashly, but her heart is always in the right place.
She’s a bit glammed up lately in Pretty Little Liars, but I think Lucy Hale could pull off the sweet, smart Claire.  She’s a tiny thing, innocent-looking, and would deliver a good balance of brashness and cleverness.  There’s an earnestness to Lucy that is very Claire.  Claire is tougher than she looks and I think Lucy could bring that strength to the role without the audience forgetting she's just 16.

Eve: Skinny, tall and very, very Goth, Eve is the more maternal figure in the house.  She quickly becomes Claire’s BFF and partner in crime.  Eve’s quick with the quips and is first to defy authority, especially if they’re vampires.  She refuses protection from the vampires, unwilling to play the games that it takes to survive Morganville.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead embodied indie/punk in Scott Pilgrim and I think she could definitely do goth.  Eve might look scary and act tough but she has a lot of heart and her journal entries at the end of each book in the series show us that she's a romantic and vulnerable which Winstead could play perfectly.  She'd  have perfect delivery on Eve’s sarcastic dialogue, too.

Michael: 'Angelic' is a word used to describe Michael many times in the books.  He’s the golden boy, a musician with tall with blond hair and calm demeanor.  Michael’s the voice of reason in the house and sometimes is a little too overprotective of the girls.  He’s also hiding a big secret from his friends.
Hunter Parrish totally has the blond, golden boy thing working for him.  He might be a little prettier than I envisioned Michael, but I think it could work.  He’s a little more composed than most teens and can totally work the angelic protective bit.   Plus, I think he can pull off the more serious character archs that come for Michael’s character in the series.

Shane:  The house hot-head, Shane is describe as a little shaggy, a little athletic, and more than a little lazy.  However, he’s incredibly loyal and quick to protect his housemates.  He seems to attract trouble (much like Claire) and has a history with Monica he’d rather forget.
Oh, Cappie.  I love Scott Michael Foster in Greek, so when I came across his picture in my search for Shane, my brain just screamed “YES!”  He looks the part, he’s got the slacker with potential thing going, and can be both silly and dramatic.  He just IS Shane to me.

Oliver:  Oliver’s an aging hippie. Tall, thin (everyone seems to be thin in this book) with longish gray hair, he runs the town coffee shop where Eve works.  His place is mysteriously a neutral zone to the vampires, where humans can come without fear that they’ll be attacked.  He’s kind and reassuring, however, there may be more to him than meets the eye...
It was between Michael Caine and Mr. Rosso from Freaks and Geeks, but I think Michael Caine can pull off the many layers that there are to Oliver.  Plus, does anything say aging hippie like this picture?

Monica:  Your typical mean girl, Monica is described as perfect looking.  She’s pretty and popular with black hair and blue eyes.  She’s also a more than a little mentally unbalanced and is hell-bent on ruining Claire’s life.
I loved Dana Davis as the slightly unhinged, Queen Bee Chastity in ABC Family’s 10 Things I Hate About You.  Monica does some horrible, crazy things to Claire in Glass Houses, but there’s still a comical, almost endearing aspect to the character.  I couldn’t believe some of the stuff she did, but, at the same time, I couldn’t totally hate Monica.  There’s a certain level of nuttiness that’s just a delight to see and I think Dana could bring that to life.

Well, that's my cast for the film version of Glass Houses.  What do you think?  Agree/Disagree?  Let's hear it!

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