posted at Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 12:00 AM | YA Meets Kdrama
A group of us lovers of both young adult fiction and kdrama had a brilliant idea on Twitter, a way to bring our two loves together. We’ll be alternating through our five blogs with one post a week in our new feature YA Meets Kdrama.
Kdramas cast since my last post:
Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, cast by author Rachel Carter
John Green’s Paper Towns, cast by Laura J. Moss
Holly Black’s White Cat, cast by Katie M. Stout
Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, cast by Corey Wright
For my second book, I chose Josin L. McQuein’s Premeditated, both because I read it recently, thus can remember it well enough to actually cast it, and because I think it would make an awesome kdrama. Revenge is a really popular theme in kdrama, and this story of vengeance and betrayal would definitely be popular. Plus, school uniforms!
After an attempted suicide left her cousin Claire in a coma, Dinah researched what happened and is now out for revenge on the boy who hurt her. Dinah transfers from her school to an elite prep school to find Brooks Walden and destroy his life. With the help of her friends, Brucey and Tabitha, she systematically destroys the psychopath with a friendly exterior. A romance burgeons with Dex, who pursues her from day one.
About the Cast:
For Dinah, I wanted someone with a bit of steel in her, and I really liked Lee Min Jung’s first couple of episodes in Boys Over Flowers. I think she has it in her to play Dinah and to have a core of rage, even if she’s generally made to play airheads. Plus, she looks awesome in that smoky eye makeup for flashbacks.
For Claire, I wanted someone really sweet-looking and adorable, the kind of person only a monster would want to hurt. I also wanted her to look really youthful, which is why she’s the youngest in the cast.
Brooks needed to be someone who looked like a sardonic kid of privilege, and Choi Si Won totally fits that. Choi Si Won’s also really good at acting cold. Also, abs.
With Dex, my reasons are spoilery. Look only if you dare. View Spoiler »Basically, the twist that Dex is actually the bad guy is obvious, but I don’t think a kdrama audience would expect Lee Min Ho to be the bad guy. And I want to make him the bad guy. Mwahahaha. « Hide Spoiler
Lee Dong Hae’s a bit of a weird choice. One of Brucey’s strongest attributes is his height, and Lee Dong Hae’s not very tall. However, with both of the other male leads being above 6 feet, it would be hard to find a Korean actor who fit the bill. Thus, I went for someone I thought would make a convincing edgy nerd
For Tabitha, honestly, I just grabbed a young actress I liked. She just needs to be able to pull off edginess and this picture showed a quirky style that made me think she could do it.