First off, congratulations to Franziska for winning last week’s knock knock joke competition. Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to send books overseas right now, but feel free to contact me and tell me which book I should read next. I look forward to your choice.

Okay, so I’ve been surfing around the internet a bit and I stumbled upon a most disturbing rumor. You probably know that Hunger Games is being turned into a movie.  Well apparently, the rumor is that Alex Pettyfer and Jennifer Lawrence are being considered for the leads of Peeta and Katniss.

Ummmm, what?

If you are not familiar with these actors, take a gander:

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I’m sorry, but I just don’t see it. He’s too pretty and too old, and she’s too delicate. Also, I never thought of Peeta as built, ya know?  You can tell this guy has muscles in a head shot.

My personal preference would be to cast unknowns, like they did with the Harry Potter movies. Hunger Games has enough of a fan base that you don’t have to worry about names to carry the launch. But, assuming you have to go with established actors, these are not the two I would go with.fantasy and science fiction book reviews

How about Hailee Steinfeld for Katniss?

Even in a princess dress, I still get the impression she would punch you in the face if you tried to steal her purse. Also, she did True Grit, so you know she’s got the survival chops. Plus, she got an Oscar nod, so she’s good.

And for Peeta.  Hmmmmm. I’m past the age where I know good teenage boy actors, so the only one who springs to mind is Chord Overstreet. I still think he’s a bit too pretty.

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And Haymitch has to be Jeff Bridges.

What do you think? If you were in charge who you cast? And what about the minor characters? Lisa Edelstein or Kristin Chenowith for Effie?

What about Rue? Or Cinna?

Post links for suggestions and we’ll see if we can collectively do better than Hollywood.

First person to suggest Taylor Lautner for Gale or Robert Pattinson for anything gets their library card confiscated.

We’ll randomly select a commenter to get a book from our stacks.

Okay, time to start casting!


  • Ruth Arnell

    RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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