Today I have 2 of my favourite Canadian book bloggers! A & C from A & C Book Junkies!
When Cassay asked us to do a guest post on her blog she gave us the freedom to choose any topic we would like; the possibilities were endless. This seemed like it would be easy as pie until we actually had to decide on a topic. Clearly we wanted something book related, but it should be relevant as well. After humming and hawing we decided that we would talk about one of the series’ that we have a mutual appreciation for: L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle. About three years ago we stumbled upon this series and were instantly captivated. After reading about Vampires for months on end we were delighted to pick up a YA read about witches. This fall the CW will unveil the pilot for this beloved L.J. Smith series just like they did for The Vampire Diaries. It is this transition from book to television that has us talking...
If you are just hearing about The Secret Circle now then we will give you a little summary:
“The circle's power has lured her home
Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witches that's controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she's drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that's both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants—even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.”
After the success of The Vampire Diaries, it seems that the CW network is confident in their ability to turn L.J. Smith’s books into television gold. While we would agree wholeheartedly that The Vampire Diaries is a masterpiece, it seems that the casting for The Secret Circle is questionable. This probably stems from the fact that the casting for The Vampire Diaries was bang on. The sweet and handsome Paul Wesley captures Stefan’s pure essence to a T and Ian Somerhalder with his smouldering eyes and charm makes the perfect Damon. Like we said, bang on.
Our biggest casting concerns with The Secret Circle are the two male leads: Adam and Nick.
Thomas Dekker as Adam
Louis Hunter as Nick
While the choices are not our favourites, it is more about the type of actor they casted. Whereas Adam is good hearted male leader of the coven, Nick is the dark and brooding bad boy. Essentially LJ Smith wrote Stefan and Damon 2. Take out the brother factor in the equation and BAM! you have Adam and Nick. Now the actors portraying the two male leads, physically, do not match Adam or Nick. But the acting? Well Thomas Dekker is an okay actor, he doesn't work well for Adam. He is absolutely wrong for the role. If anything, Dekker would have been a decent Nick. The actor portraying Nick, Louis Hunter, is a newbie in the acting world. Having seen him in absolutely nothing it is hard to judge his ability to play Nick based on previous roles. His physical appearance, however, is so far off that it pains us (Nick was our favourite in the series). The entire casting of the plot seems wrong. We are sad that this beloved series of ours seems to be heading down a disastrous road. Who knows, perhaps these actors will knock the words right from our mouths, but until the Pilot airs, we are going to remember the Secret Circle as it was: a beloved book series.
Thank you Cassay for having us on your blog! – A&C
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