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Fancasting: Bringing Favorite Book Characters to Life (Part I)

Riddle me this: Have you ever been reading something and know for a certifiable FACT that a specific actor/actress would be perfect to play your favorite character in the movie/TV adaptation? We’ve all done it, right?

I do it constantly. It doesn’t happen for every character that I read, but I often find myself daydreaming about whom I would pick to bring these wonderful personalities to life. And it helps that I’m a colossal movie/TV buff as well. (Although I’ve only seen the new Star Wars movie three times, so I think I may be slipping in my old age.)

I’m something of an actor geek. I go on IMDB every day. No, really. Give me anybody and I can probably name at least two or three things they’ve been in.  I’m like a living, breathing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon generator. (Yes, that’s a thing.)

Anyway, suffice it to say, I freaking LOVE fancasting. It gives me all kinds of happy feels. Here are some of my most recent obsessions:

Book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Character: Kaz Brekker

My fancast: Taron Egerton

Kaz is not a nice person. A lot of times we see these YA guys who are hard on the outside, but soft and fluffy on the inside. Not Kaz. He’s dark. But he has good reason to be, and between his perpetual badass-ery and wicked smarts, he’s an absolutely mesmerizing character to read.

Where do you probably know Taron from?

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Taron got his big break with Kingsman: The Secret Service, a ridiculously-insane-in-all-the-best-ways action/comedy that came out in 2014, in which he played a snarky, street-smart kid recruited into Her Majesty’s deadliest (and most debonair) spy organization.

Fun fact: Taron was born exactly a year and a day after me. That counts as a personal connection, right?

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Book: Love, Lies & Spies by Cindy Anstey

Characters: Juliana Telford and Spencer Northam

My fancast: Molly Quinn and Julian Morris

I couldn’t resist doing this for one of our own! For most fancasts that occur to me, there are usually a couple different possibilities that come and go before I find the perfect one. But for whatever reason, from the moment I started reading Love, Lies & Spies, there was never anyone besides Molly and Julian for me.

Juliana is smart and self-assured, and completely over everyone’s expectations of her. Spencer is charming and warm-hearted, but also sort of a badass because he is a spy after all. Juliana and Spencer are veritable BUCKETS of cute, so only the marshmallowiest of cinnamon rolls would do.

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Where do you probably know Molly and Julian from?

Best bet for Molly would be the TV show Castle, in which she plays Nathan Fillion’s daughter. (Although she did also play Hermione in an epic Princess Rap Battle against Katniss.)

As for Julian, he’s had a couple recurring roles on popular TV shows like ER, 24, Pretty Little Liars, Once Upon a Time and, my personal favorite, New Girl. And not too long ago I actually watched him in Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse on a whim, and I have to say it was pretty darn entertaining.

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Book: The Novice by Taran Matharu

Character: Fletcher

My fancast: Luke Pasqualino

Fletcher doesn’t have any family besides the old blacksmith who adopted him as a baby, he’s never really known the world outside his small village, and all signs point to him living a pretty insignificant life. Until he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons. And then things take a turn for the epic. It’s like if Harry Potter was a Pokémon trainer living in Middle Earth. I loves it.

Where do you probably know Luke from?

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OK, I’ll be honest, you probably don’t…? He got his start on a British TV show called Skins back in 2009. And now he plays D’Artagnan on the BBC show The Musketeers, which I have yet to binge watch but fully intend to at some point.

I first saw Luke in the little-known dystopian flick Snowpiercer, which is CRAZY good. I highly recommend that movie to anyone who likes dystopic/sci-fi/action/thriller stuff. But be forewarned, it is NOT like a YA dystopia where the heroic underdogs stick it to The System. This world is dirty and scary and violent and sad, but it’s so very well done. Bonus: Octavia Spencer and Bearded Chris Evans are in it. And Luke is great in it. I don’t think he says a word the whole time, but I still felt for his character, Grey, and he was my favorite.

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What do you think, Swooners? Am I way off base here? What are some of your favorite fancasts? Share in the comments!

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Emily S.

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