Recently, I asked the wonderful people at Trailermade Films to put together a TV ad for the Night School books.
They took bits and pieces of the book trailers, added some cool music and turned it all into a BRILLIANT 30-second TV ad. It will run on the Sky Arts channel over the next couple of months, but you can look at it here and now.
Hopefully this will help get you all excited about RESISTANCE!
I think this ad is made of awesome. Let me know what you think!
A few days ago I asked you what Night School characters looked like in your heads. The response was awesome. And really interesting, too!
Loads of you see Sylvain as blonde or dark blonde. Most of you see Carter as fair skinned, and Allie as a red-head.
Lots of you suggested actors who looked a lot like the characters in your heads. So I thought now would be a good time to put some of those pictures up here. A lot of these are already on my Facebook page, where we’ve been throwing actors around like rubber balls for a couple of days.
How you see Allie
Here are some of the actresses suggested by readers to play Allie.
Katheryn Prescott is SO CUTE.
Maia Mitchell has a great Allie look. All wavy hair and haunted eyes.
Bonnie Wright could be Allie but would also make a great Katie.
But a lot of you want our book trailer Allie, Jessica Sargent. Yaaay!
How you see Carter
There were lots of suggestions of how you see Carter. I really liked all of them.
Ben Barnes has a cool, tousled look. He looks like he could be dangerous.
Jeremy Irvine has a great smile. But can he BROOD?? idk.
Someone suggested Colton Haynes for Sylvain but I’m putting him among the Carters because, just… seriously. Look at this guy.
Still, the name that came up over and over again was Chace Crawford. *Fans everyone*
How you see Sylvain
The character for whom you sent in the most suggestions by FAR was Sylvain. So how do you see our sultry, French, billionaire?
Let’s start with this one. Martin Barlan is… basically perfect. Look at those EYES.
Then there was JB Maunier. I can’t even…. He’s TOO STEAMY.
Then someone suggested Gaspard Ulliel and just…. look at him. The perfect mix of vulnerability and I don’t even KNOW.
Did everyone know there were so many hot French actors just HANGING AROUND out there right now??
Zut alors… How are we going to CHOOSE??
I’ve got an idea! Let’s all vote on our favourites in the comments. Just name drop the ones you like best and in a week or so (I’m going to Paris for this massive book fair this week. WHAT?? it’s a total coincidence about the hot French actors…) I’ll tally it all up.
This thing happened recently, and I’m going to share it with you.
We put up the UK book trailer for Night School Fracture a few months ago, as you know.
Most people liked it. Readers from the UK and Spain, also France, said essentially “That’s exactly how I see the characters.”
Book trailer Carter (Played by Campbell)
There was a lot of enthusiasm, in particular, for the two new male actors.
Book trailer Sylvain (Played by Louis)
Now, obviously, when casting you make some compromises. Carter’s hair should be straight and dark, not wavy. And his skin should be fair. And Sylvain should have darker skin and hair. That is how they’re described in the original UK books.
But each actor perfectly captured the ESSENCE of the characters. Campbell, who played Carter, brooded for England. Louis, who played Sylvain, became a pampered prince, all cheekbones and attitude.
I was sure we’d really got it right when, on Twitter, some readers guessed which actor was playing Sylvain or Carter via a photo that showed them only FROM BEHIND. (I had so much respect for those readers, by the way. Amazing.)
We always portray Allie as having red hair, even though she hasn’t since Book 2 because it’s kind of her calling card.
Allie with her bright red hair – played by Jess in the trailer
I mean, we all remember and love the Allie from book one, with her dyed, metallic red hair and clear, grey eyes…
Or do we?
Don’t be too sure
After the trailer went up on YouTube readers from other nations chimed in. And they were less impressed.
“Horrible,” one wrote.
“Um, which is which?” asked another
“I really don’t like the actors. ” wrote a third.
These disconsolate comments went on for some time.
Then, finally, this appeared: ”They are completely different from those I had imagined. Sylvain is not even blonde.”
That one stopped me in my tracks.
What publisher had done this to my half-Moroccan Sylvain? In the UK/US/French editions he has wavy dark hair and tawny skin and blue, blue eyes.
It’s a publishing thing
Here’s the deal. When books are translated, publishers can and do take liberties with character descriptions (and much, much more but we’ll focus on the descriptions for now).
Maybe, for example, in your country, blondes are considered more attractive than brunettes. There it’s possible someone at a local publishing house decided to make Sylvain blonde.
If red-heads are considered unattractive where you live, in your edition Allie may NEVER have dyed her hair.
Not all publishers do this. Many will loyally translate what an author has written. But others adapt the description to something that makes sense locally.
You tell me
The thing is, I don’t really know if this is what happened. Night School is published in 22 languages and I can stumble through only three of those. I don’t even have copies of most of the international editions.
(Publishers are busy. They forget to send them. *Tragic face*)
Today, someone asked me on Twitter how I view the characters. But I want to turn that question around. I helped to cast the UK book trailers. So those give you a good idea of how I see Allie, Carter and Sylvain.
But the question I have is: How do YOU see them?
In your country, and in your mind, is Rachel half-Indian? Is Sylvain half-Moroccan? Is Carter brunette or blonde? What does Allie look like? What about Zoe or Jo?
Let’s talk about characters
Fill me in. Write a comment telling me how you see them.
You can also post photos on my Facebook page - or links to photos – of actors who you think look like the Night School characters.
If you do that, later I can do another post putting those photos here on my blog. And then we can all have a big old discussion about how wrong we all are. :-)