Friday, September 13, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday: Fav Book Campaign {Dream Cast}

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The question this week is:
It is up to you to do a Kickstarter campaign for your favorite book!!! Who are you casting for the main characters?

Yikes! This is hard. Movies adapted from books make me anxious. I both dread and look forward to the casting results. Disappointment usually ensues, but I always hope for the best even though I know I shouldn't. I don't think any actor or actress could capture the characters as I see them. I also have a love for no-big-name casts, and I don't think many have read one of my favorite book/series that I'm featuring (and have featured too many times to count): A Pattern of Shadow and Light series by Melissa McPhail.

The casting would be enormous, like Game of Thrones enormous, even for just the main characters, and like I said, no one in my mind could portray them perfectly or do them justice. But I'll share how I pictured some of my favorite characters in the series. :)


(From left to right)

• Trell of Tides – Prince of Dannym, the Queen’s treasured middle son, war strategist, former commander, now nomad
• Alyneri d’Giverny – Duchess of Aracine, Healer, betrothed to and under the service of Dannym Kindgom
• Tanis – Truthreader, Melisande’s ward though under Alyneri's care (I picture him a little younger than this)

• Ean val Lorian – Prince of Dannym, the youngest son and heir to the Eagle Throne, dreamer, possibly cursed
• Raine D’Lacourte – the Fourth Vestal, Truthreader and raedan, torn between truth, faith, and so many other things
• Carian vran Lea – a pirate of Jamaii, Nodefinder


• Isabel van Gelderan – Epiphany’s Prophet, sister to Björn van Gelderan (the Fifth Vestal, branded a traitor)

• Balaji – a drachwyr (Sundragon), whose full name means He Who Walks The Edge Of The World
• Ramu – a drachwyr (Sundragon), one of Björn’s three generals, whose full name means Lord of the Heavens
• Rhakar – a drachwyr (Sundragon), whose name means The Shadow Of The Light

• Isak Getirmek — a wielder bound to Dore Madden, tortured soul, wears a full-face mask
• Pelas – one of the The Malorin’athgul, whose full name means Ender of Paths (my ranting, gushing letter to him; FF post)


• The Prophet Bethamin, reportedly of Myacene
• Darshan – one of the The Malorin’athgul, whose full name means Destroyer of Hope

Find the full character list here.
My review of book one, Cephrael's Hand
My review (a.k.a letter to the author) of book two, The Dagger of Adendigaeth
Transport me to another world—well, worlds—Alorin and T'khendar (FF post)

What about you? What's your kickstart, dream cast campaign of your favorite book?
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  1. Haven't heard of this series. Will check it out.

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    1. You should, Lauren, especially if you love Epic Fantasy. The series is fantastic! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  2. Oh wow! This series is new to me as well! Just saw this first actor in the "good" pick. What's his name?! The last one didn't list it either and he looks familiar, but I can't recall if I've actually seen him in something or just think I did!

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    1. Hey, Jess. The first guy is a model—Gabriel Aubry. I think a lof of people use him for one of the BDB brothers, but that's the only other place I've seen dream-casted. He's probably been used for many characters though; he is scrumptious. LOL. Thanks for visiting!

  3. I have never read this series but that is a good looking cast! I feel like I need to read it and soon! New GFC follower :)

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    1. Feed that need and check it out! You won't regret it. Thanks for stopping by and following, Jazmen.

  4. Raina, you are amazing! I like some of your picks better than my own!

    1. Thanks, Melissa! I'd love nothing more than to see YOUR dream cast for your books. Thanks for stopping by. ♥

  5. Wow great pick! Haven't heard of this series but Amazing job with casting

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Hope you have a great weekend, too. :)

  6. Ooh, seriously great casting. Damn! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Friday!

    1. LOL. Thanks, Shane! Can't wait to see yours. Happy Friday!

  7. I've never heard of that series at all, but that is definitely a wicked cast list!! I'm gonna have to check into it!!

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  8. I love this series - and GREAT pics on the cast - my only "beef" is with Pelas - I imagine him to have dark hair - look more middle eastern. LOL.


    1. It seems other fans agree with you about Pelas. LOL. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  9. I love this series!!! The picks for the cast are amazing and I'm sure the next time I read this series (for the ninth time!) I will have some of these images in my head. I love the one of The Prophet Bethamin - much more artistic than I envisioned.

    For those of you that haven't read this series, it is a definite MUST READ!! Can't wait for the next book!

  10. A wonderful series! I too think that Pelas should have dark hair. Isabel should be a blonde and I absolutely love the Bethamin and all three choices for the drachwyrs.

    1. Huh. I always imagined Isabel with dark hair. Glad you love Bethamin and the drachwyrs, though!

  11. Love the Series!!!! I love the depth of the story and would love to learn more about the patterns! I like to dig into the details of any Series and this is one that I do love. Can't wait to read the next book!

    Great pictures and very good selections for the characters!

    Thank you Melissa!

  12. This is one of my ALL TIME favorite book series and I agree with you that the cast is definitely Game of Thrones BIG. every time I read it, I am floored with how well McPhail juggled this cast of characters without watering down any of the plots. As for your cast list, I agree with all of them except Pelas. Not sure who I would put in place of your pick, but you gave me chills on all the others - very nice picks!!!

  13. These are delightful! I love the human cast (especially Trell, Alyneri, Tanis), but man... the sundragons. Ohhhh, man. Can I just admire them all day?

    One of the things I love about McPhail's books is that the sundragons are alike on the surface but have such diverse personalities. I think Balaji is my favorite of your choices, but I can't quite decide....

    And then your vision of Bethamin perfectly captures the exotic, twisted, definitely dark appeal he must have to keep his followers enthralled!

    One question--why did you go blond with Darshan and Pelas? I picture them DARRRRK.

  14. Wow, well done with this cast. I haven't read the series but love your choices. And I've spotted David Gandy in there too! LOVE him! And you'll have seen him as my Vishous from BD in my FF post.
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  15. Never heard of the novel but some of those actors are smoking hot. You have my vote definitely. Thanks for stopping by my F&F
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  16. Ok so I haven't heard of this series but DANG that is a massive cast! The book must have heaps of characters.

    All those actors/actresses are so pretty and they look like they'd fit a medieval/fantasy role very nicely.

    This is such a lovely post, you've put so much effort and thought into it!

    Thanks for the follow too, followed back via Bloglovin

  17. Wow, I'm astounded by the reception of the cast. Thank you so much, everyone! It seems fans of the series are in agreement about Pelas. To answer Melissa's question on why I went blond with The Malorin’athgul ...

    When Pelas was introduced, my first thought was Lucifer, the morning star, the brightest and most beautiful but also the darkest, inwardly, of the angels. Was it written that Pelas has dark hair and olive skin? I can't remember. But no matter what description was given, the impression stuck, especially within the context of the series so far—in which everything is not as it seems, is usually the opposite (Bjorn, the planets' physical and elemental conditions, along with the Adepts', as well as the characters' and their alliances), the idea of rebirth and justice, good or bad, warranted or not. There is an astounding amount of contrasting parallelism in the series as a whole. Because The Malorin’athgul are so dark in essence, I began imagining them the opposite—deceivingly bright—on the outside. Plus, first impressions are hard to overcome, and as I got to know Pelas, it only strengthened. There is a grain of hope for him, one I know I probably shouldn't have. And like Lucifer before he fell, what has (or had) hope is diminished by fate, purpose, and choice. For Pelas, (I hope) it all comes down to choice, and though he is my favorite character and villain of all time, I fear he'll make the wrong one.

    I'd love to see who everyone would cast for Pelas—and for Bjorn and Phaedor. For me, those latter two were too hard to cast; I'm still on the lookout! :)

    Thanks so much again for stopping by and commenting, everyone. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

    1. I love your casting, Raina. I'm not sure I can do much better. So many of the images you found often capture both the concept of the character and their general appearance, which is incredibly hard to do. I'm thrilled and amazed by how close your image of the characters is to mine. Very fun to experience as the author!

      I've been on the lookout for images that accurately represent Bjorn and Phaedor since I began this series and I still haven't found anyone who captures the essence of them. If you ever find someone out there, let me know!

      Thank you again for all of your create and contribution to my series (and the many posts about it!) It thrills me no end to be able to share these characters and their story with you.

  18. Wow! That's a really thorough casting! Great job :)
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  19. Wow, MyLady!
    What great looking group! I particularly like your choices for Balaji and Raine. Did anyone find someone for Bjorn or Phaedor? Jet black hair, contrasting eyes.. equally convincing as bad guy or good guy.. incredibly strong?

    I also loved this epic tale. Thanks for your time and creative research to locate faces. Barbara