Monday, April 8, 2013

Dreamcasting (8): From books to film

I am a very visual person and when I read a book I like to envision in my head what each book character would look like in actuality and who could play their roles if they ever adapted that particular book into a film.
What is a dreamcast? Well, it's the cast of actors that you think would be perfect to interpret a character on screen. Today I will dreamcast a popular book character and explain why I think the actor I chose for this dreamcast would be perfect for the role of said character.

Dreamcast for Gideon Lightwood

Benjamin Eidem as Gideon Lightwood from Clockwork Prince
So, Benjamin Eidem as Gideon Lightwood might not come as a surprise to many in the Infernal devices fandom (at least TID fans on tumblr). There is pretty much a general consensus on Benjamin being the perfect choice for Gideon. Mostly, I think its because Benjamin has the physical attributes (height, body, sandy blonde hair) that match up perfectly to the descriptions of Gideon Lightwood in Clockwork Prince (by Cassandra Clare)
Benjamin Eidem is a very popular male model who is Swedish. Not only does he have an amazing look, but he has a really fierce and serious presence not only on the runway, but on screen and on print (pictures). There also is a versatility to him in the sense that he has a very vulnerable look to him sometimes, that is all in his eyes. And when he smiles, to quote a very good friend of mine "it's like the angels sing" - he has quite an adorable smile, with dimples and all, that you would never suspect from his really strong runway presence. 
Why do I mention all of this? Well, Gideon Lightwood, encompasses all the qualities that Benjamin has in his presence, as a character. Gideon is not only quite the Victorian gentleman, but he is a character who has depth to him, honesty, strength, and charm (he loves to talk spanish when he is happy). He is just this amazing character that came onto the Infernal Devices scene in book 2 of that series (Clockwork Prince) - who made a tremendous impression on all TID fans because he fell in love with Sophie (a maid with a scar) despite that being taboo in the Victorian world and shadowhunter world that he lives in, in the book. 
 Have you ever dreamcasted your favorite book characters? If you have, let me know about it. Also, if any of you have a different dreamcasting idea for the character I mentioned in this post, I would love to hear about it, as well. Thanks for reading :) 


  1. This is such a cool idea! I almost always have an actor or at least an image in my mind when I read. You have a great choice for Gideon. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I haven't read the Clockwork Prince, yet, but I always like having images in my head about my perfect casting, I think initially I'm always a little disappointed by the actor chosen, but they usually win me over in the end. Thanks for sharing this post with us Jennifer! :)

    1. Gotcha. That happens to me all the time. I hear ya.

      And the Infernal Devices is such an amazing series. I have Clockwork Princess waiting for me and im dying to read it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jasprit! :)

  3. I haven't read it but dang he's a cutie pootie!

  4. I haven't read this yet, but it's on my list!

  5. Haven't read this book, or started the series, sadly, but Oh my Lord that boy you picked!!! XD Also, I just love this post!! A very awesome idea!!

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the Book Crazed Girl

    1. It's an amazing series, girl. Highly recommend it!

      "but Oh my Lord that boy you picked!!!" - LOL. Gorgeous, right? ;D

      Thanks so much, Magen. I lovee dreamcasting and I had not done the post in a while.

  6. Can't say I've ever given much thought as to who I would like to see portray Gideon Lightwood in a movie version, but after seeing this guy's pic and reading what you had to say, I am TOTALLY sold!! I'm buying it.

    1. Yayyy :) Thanks so much. I'm glad that you like Benjamin for Gideon. That is an awesome compliment because I just really love him for that character, haha.

      Thanks for reading and for stopping by! :)


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