4. The authors are rather involved in the adaptation, and seem to have given their blessing. After visiting the New Orleans set, Margaret Stohl couldn’t choose just one highlight:
“The first moment I saw Jeremy Irons — dressed in one of Macon’s smoking jackets, standing in the breathtaking set of Ravenwood Manor — giving the opening line of the Beautiful Creatures novel in his slow southern drawl. Hearing a brilliant Emma Thompson applaud the roles for women in the movie. Watching Richard LaGravenese work his directorial magic with our pitch-perfect Ethan and Lena. Staring at the map on the wall of Ethan’s bedroom at Wate’s Landing. Walking through Jeffrey Kurland’s incomparable costume department, where the Caster hats might include real tarantulas or live butterflies or twigs the size of antlers.”
5. I’m incredibly curious to see how sexy the movie ends up being. A major complaint/source of debate among Beautiful Creatures readers is that the authors have completely sanitized the book, making it incredibly unrealistic that Ethan is the narrator and yet he never even gets a hard-on when cuddling with Lena. Other commenters on the post I linked to above point out that in YA sex shouldn’t be a central focus.
Garcia herself has said, “The story is about non-conformity, being yourself and making your own decisions. You don’t have to be that person who is doing what everyone else does.” And yet, to completely ignore it will probably make some readers feel like they can’t buy into the characters’ love. And considering that you have some pretty actors on the big screen, I can’t see how the studio will be able to resist throwing in some stuff to make it a hard PG-13.
The movie comes out February 13th, 2013, of course, so it’s an ideal Valentine’s Day date. Not to mention, a good way to evaluate your relationship—if he can’t save you from the Dark, then he isn’t worth anything to you.
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