Wednesday, January 31, 2007
TATTOO by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I love doing these young adult "GCC does Hollywood" blog entries because I learn just how much pop culture is passing me by. (Amber Tamblyn, you say? I have no idea who that is, yet every day I get about 50 blog hits from people searching for an image of her.) Seriously, it's humbling.
Anyway, today's featured book is Tattoo, by the very talented, very popular and very young Jennifer Lynne Barnes (dig this from her bio: Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science in May of 2006. I think I have shoes older than she is. And this is her second book. Can you say prodigy? She's also drop dead gorgeous, but we'll leave that alone for now.)
So here's how Jen would pitch her book to our fictional movie producer:
Four teenage girls acquire supernatural powers when they put on a set of temporary tattoos they bought at the mall. The girls must use their powers--and their friendship--to take down an ancient evil hellbent on destroying the world. Think "Buffy" meets "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."
I love it! Here are her creative casting choices:
As Delia, the fashionista with the power of transmogrification (the ability to turn one object into another at will): Lucy Hale.
As Zo, the resident tomboy, who'd fight to the death despite the fact that her power of premonition doesn't exactly arm her against the bad guys: Hayden Panettiere.
As quiet Annabelle, the mind-reader who takes charge at the most unlikely moments: Willa Holland
As Bailey Morgan, the somewhat accident-prone firestarter and the heart of their group: Emma Roberts
As for the older "we're making a teen movie but want to cast hot twenty-somethings to elevate our appeal to that demographic" cast, it would go a little something like this: Delia: Sophia Bush
Zo: Kristen Bell
Annabelle: Alexis Bledel
Bailey: Shannon Lucio
This book sounds so "filmic" I wouldn't be surprised if Hollywood actually snatched it up. Meanwhile, you can buy Tattoo wherever books are sold. For more information, visit Jen's website at jenniferlynnbarnes.com.