Literature: The Caster Chronicles
The Caster Chronicles
, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, is a young adult fantasy series that began in 2009 and concluded in 2012, with four books and one short story.
The book introduces Ethan Wate, a teenage boy living in Gaitlin, a small town in the southern United States. Ethan cannot wait to graduate high school and get out of what he believes to be a boring small town where nothing ever happens. Then he meets Lena.
Lena Duchannes is a beautiful new girl with a dark secret. She is a member of a family of Casters, short for Spellcasters. Each child born into her family has special powers. Lena's family is unique among the Casters because they are cursed. Every girl in their family, on her sixteenth birthday, is Claimed by either Light or Dark. Lena's cousin and former best friend, Ridley, went Dark recently, and she is terrified that the same thing is going to happen to her.
She and Ethan also face the challenge of the impossibility of the relationship between a Mortal and a Caster. For the Mortal, every touch or kiss is an electric shock, and to "be together physically
" would result in his death
- Beautiful Creatures (2009)
- Beautiful Darkness (2010)
- Dream Dark (2011, short story)
- Beautiful Chaos (2011)
- Beautiful Redemption (2012)
- Dangerous Dreams (2013, short story)
- Dangerous Creatures (2014, Ridley-focused spinoff)
A film adaptation
of the first book was released in February 2013 by Warner Bros.
. Trailers can be viewed here
The books contain examples of:
The film contains examples of:
- Film of the Book
- Follow the Leader: The film was green-lit as an attempt to fill the void of "teen paranormal romance" films left behind once the last Twilight film was released.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Everyone in the film is doing a (bad) attempt at a Southern accent except for Jeremy Irons, who simply does a light English accent. Guess he was saving himself the embarrassment.
- Trailers Always Lie: There was one shot of Ridley screaming◊ in what looks like anger in the trailer (at 1:52, after Lena snarls "I want you outta here!"). Thing is, what actually happens is that Lena tells her to get out, and then Ridley screams in anger that she's so sick of everyone treating Lena like she's special, to which Lena coldly replies "I said, get away from my boyfriend, you witch." Ridley's face changes to surprise and fear, and then she goes flying.
- World of Ham: Everybody in the film adaptation camps it up with great enthusiasm, with the champion of ham being Emma Thompson as Sarafine.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: The church scene with Thompson and Jeremy Irons. Not to mention the dinner scene, where Emmy Rossum shows that she can hang with the kings of ham.