Ha ha! I was doing some random google searches the other night and I ran into this old post by Jonathan Harvey that I wanted to share. Yeah, I am just going to steal it (images and all) and post it here because Jonathan is so cool he won’t care. You can see his original on his now abandoned MySpace though, and if you want to catch up with him he has a blog he occasionally posts in, a book he’s published called Shades of Plaid, and he writes the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy web comic.
If you are looking for a book featuring Commando Cows of the Undead that fly around drinking blood from the udders of farm cows while dispatching bulls using submachine guns with extreme prejudice, then Shades of Gray by Joleene Naylor is definitely the wrong book. Shades of Gray is a delightfully gruesome paranormal romance that takes place during the dreaded war between vampire covens. The story’s heroine, Katelina, finds herself inexplicably caught up in a world of vampires. Not only does the poor woman have to grapple with the knowledge that vampires are real and that they want to kill her, but she also has to come to terms that the one who is sworn to protect her is a vampire himself.
Shades of Gray grabs the reader’s attention and keeps it throughout the course of the book. The story is well paced and well written. I was particularly fond of the villainy in the book. The characters were well developed. The book had a good balance of action and romance and the gore was at acceptable levels for a book of it type. I greatly enjoyed reading Shades of Gray and I am looking forward to reading the next book of the Amaranthine Series.
Now for the fun stuff! If they were to make a movie of Shades of Gray, who should be in it?
Jorick : The handsome vampire hero who protects Katelina! I’m thinking a dark haired Legolas, Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings) should play Jorick.
Katelina: The main character of the story. In the book the vamps are constantly putting her down for being plain. This is a movie, so she should at least be pretty. She should be pretty, but not overly sexy. I chose Elisabeth Röhm (Heroes, Angel) she’s pretty not too young and she knows her way around science fiction.
Oren is a friend of Jorick who loses most of his family during the Coven Wars. He sticks with Jorick through the end. He is the blond vampire. For him I think we should cast Brad Pitt (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, An Interview with a Vampire). He’s played a vampire before. He was okay, I think he would make a decent Oren.
Torina is Oren’s Sister. She’s the sexy, red headed, femme fatale type. I was thinking it would be cool to see Nikki Cox (Unhappily Ever After, Nikki) play this vamp.
Jesslynn is the wife of Oren. She is a proud dark haired and dangerous vampire coven queen. I chose Angelina Jolie (Wanted, Tomb Raider) for this part. She has the look and she works well with Brad Pitt.
Kateesha is a treacherous and villainous vampire temptress whose alliances are questionable. I chose Aaliyah (Queen of the Damned, Romeo Must Die). I know it’s type casting, but she was so darned awesome in Queen of the Damned.
Patrick was Katelina’s old lover. He’s killed off before the story ever really gets started. Still, there are enough flashbacks of him that I thought why not cast him. I’m thinking, why not James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville)
Arowenia is Claudius’s plaything. She gets kidnapped. She gets killed. She is the catalyst to all this vampire unpleasantness. Like Patrick she really has a small role. So why not cast Leslie Bibb (Iron Man, Popular). She’s young, pretty, and blonde. What more do we need?
Claudius is the big bad of the book. He’s the guy that has who is so upset about poor Arowenia being kidnapped that heads are going to roll. Cast for this role is Gerard Butler (300, Law Abiding Citizen). Because “This is Sparta!” just kidding. It’s madness.
Well there you have it. Shades of Gray is all cast. This might not make you want to read the book. But heck, I think I’ll be first in line to see the movie.