posted at Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 3:13 PM | 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:
Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, cast by author Rachel Carter
John Marsden’s Tomorrow When the War Began, cast by Laura J. Moss
Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, cast by Katie M. Stout
E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks, cast by Corey Wright
Recently I read Miranda Kenneally’s fourth Hundred Oaks novel (but they’re companions, so I’m cool skipping to book four for casting) and loved it. If you haven’t read any Miranda Kenneally and you love YA contemporaries with all the feels and kissing, get on that. Also, the process hasn’t gotten far enough for changing character names to Korean ones. Deal with it. I did that once and it was exhausting.
Also, all of the thanks to Meg (Cuddlebuggery) for this freaking amazing banner. She’s so boss.
After her widowed father got his girlfriend Cindy pregnant, the family moved to a horse farm in the country where all three of them would work. Daughter Savannah has her sights set on a job working with the horses…and maybe on the forbidden but gorgeous son of the farm’s owner. Savannah proves to be a bit of a horse whisperer, but does she have the guts to survive the dangers of horse racing and romance?
About the Cast:
For Savannah, I wanted an actress who’s tiny but doesn’t look too like she wouldn’t have some strength to her. Park Shin Hye has a lot of spirit and the kind of girl next door charm that makes her such a good romcom lead. She can look down to earth. The two pictures show her more casual look, which she would be in most of the time, and a dress she might have found for the school dance they went to.
Jack was actually pretty tricky to cast. I wanted someone who looks both rich and flirty, but also like he might know his way around horseback riding. Also, he’s described as having hair that curls a bit, which is really tricky to find in kdrama. Kim Hyun Joong can do it, but the hairstylists will have strict orders to not do stupid things with his hair.
With Rory, I looked for a guy who’s attractive, but also a bit of a goober. Baek Sung Hyun will look good in the plaid prints of the country guy, but also dresses up nice for the party scenes.
Vanessa needs to be gorgeous, but also incredibly sweet, so that you don’t even mind how pretty she is.
Kelsey, on the other hand, needs to be beautiful and she’s a cheerleader which makes me think imbued with perk, but she also needs to be able to deliver a cutting glance. This actress looks all sweetness, but she was good at dismissing people who didn’t interest her in A Gentleman’s Dignity. She’ll probably be an antagonist at the beginning of the show, but grow to be friends with Savannah by the end.
Colton is, to my interpretation, gay. This actor looks adorably in suit jackets, so that would be a quirk of his character, a sign that he just slightly doesn’t fit in out in the country, though he’s totally accepted. Also, I look forward to L getting bored and going to sleep at all occasions. :-p
Oh Man Suk is maybe slightly young to play Park Shin Hye’s dad, but it’s close enough. He played one of the few characters I liked in What’s Up? and he can play both the nice guy and the angry one, which Savannah’s dad sometimes has to be. I think he could be a good slightly overprotective but also somewhat hapless father.
For Cindy, mostly I just wanted someone who looks friendly, the right age, and like she can handle working as a maid…when she’s not pregnant. Her role in Oh! My Lady made me think she would work for the part.