December 11, 2011

The casting quandary #1

One of the biggest sources of contention for fans, when their favourite books are adapted to film, is whether the cast lives up to their expectations.

Does the main character suit the author’s description?

Is the lead man everything that you imagined him to be?

Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of The Hunger Games, is described as having long, straight black hair, usually in a braid down her back; gray eyes; and olive skin. Although Katniss is strong, she is described as being small in stature.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

Hermione Granger is described in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as having wild, bushy brown hair, brown eyes, and very prominent front teeth.

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Bella Swan, in Twilight, is described as a very average girl with very pale skin, brown hair, chocolate brown eyes, and a heart-shaped face.

Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan

What did you think about the casting for these roles? Did these actresses live up to your expectations?


  1. Emma is too pretty for Hermione, but I really don't mind -- she's wonderful. And Kristen really looks gorgeous as Bella. Shame about the bad acting. ;)

  2. And Emma only gets prettier as she grows up! She underwent a great transition from frizzy hair to spiral curls... Initially I thought that they should have given her the buck teeth, but I've grown so attached to Hermione as she is, that now I wouldn't have her any other way :)

  3. I told my mother the other day that the studio lucked out with Emma -- Rupert was adorable as a little kid but grew up kinda... well, plain-looking, and Daniel isn't much better (and really short!); thankfully, Emma just became GORGEOUS.