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October 2, 2013

If Only... (13)

If only Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini were a movie.

Haven't read or heard of the book yet? Here's a taste:

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

When it comes to Starcrossed, I'm admittedly a bit biased--it was the first ARC I ever received, and on top of that, Josie Angelini actually personalized the copy for me. However, my personal affiliations aside, general audiences will agree with my view of this book as brilliant. I think it would make an awesome addition to the current list of YA page-to-screen adaptations.

In terms of genre, Starcrossed supersedes labels. Though typically classified as paranormal romance, it also contains major elements of drama, mythology, suspense, and action/adventure. As a result, I think it would appeal to a broad audience. If done right, the novel could have major success on the big screen. We've seen the Percy Jackson films do mediocre, so age-appropriate casting and script accuracy would be highly important in a project of this sort, but as always, the task is nowhere near impossible.

Anyone else think the Starcrossed trilogy would be well-suited to the entertainment industry?
Feel free to comment on my choice down below. :)

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