Get An EXCLUSIVE First Look At The 'Beautiful Chaos' Cover (And Mark The Release Date)!
If it feels like you've been waiting 17 moons for new details about the third novel in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's engrossing Southern Gothic series, "The Caster Chronicles," you're not alone. We didn't name the book one of the 11 YA novels we can't wait to read in 2011 for nothin'. Thankfully, our wait is now over!
On Tuesday, the novel's title ("Beautiful Chaos") was announced, which author Kami Garcia said aptly describes the tone and events of the third tome. "When you read the book, I think [the title] will be really obvious," she said. "Without a spoiler, for those who read 'Beautiful Darkness,' they know that there were a lot of actions at the end of the book, a lot of decisions that were made that yield serious consequences and some of those consequences are the essence of chaos to us." Interrrresting!
If the title wasn't enough scoop for your Caster-loving hearts though, rejoice, because today we have the great honor of revealing both the book's cover art and the release date! Feast your eyes on the full cover for "Beautiful Chaos" after the jump!
Can we just say, we're LOOOOVING the rich, gold lettering? According to publisher Little, Brown and Company, the calligraphy will actually be finished in gold foiling. Super-fancy, right? And are we all in agreement that the gate pictured here is the one surrounding the Ravenwood manor? Could this mean all of the magical Ravenwood-Duchanneses are moving back to the outskirts of Gatlin? (We certainly hope so!)
Yet, the author duo admitted that they didn't choose the cover image to convey a specific message about the third novel. In fact, Kami and Margaret don't actually get involved in the design. "To us the first cover completely encompasses the mystery and feel of the book itself... That was [designer David Caplan's] first try that he presented to us, so after that we just never got involved," she explained. "We don't suggest, we don't ask. We feel like you don't need to be in the operating room telling the surgeon where to put the scalpel, so we completely trust him. But it's funny—like the fans, we spend time guessing what image and what color they're going to put on it."
And now to the second part of our reveal. We bet you're just dying to know when you can get your hands on the latest installment of Lena and Ethan's love story. Well, mark your calendars for...October 18, 2011.
Seven months still seems like a long time to wait, but in the meantime, our friends at NextMovie have scoop on the highly anticipated film adaptation of "Beautiful Creatures." Click over to get the latest straight from the authors!
All right, Caster fans! What do you think about the cover for "Beautiful Chaos"? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!
The 411 on the 'Caster Chronicles' Movie Adaptation
Sure, you've heard all the hubbub about casting for the adaptations for "The Hunger Games" and "The Mortal Instruments," but there's a third noteworthy series that's been quiet by comparison. That is, until now.
"The Caster Chronicles," by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, certainly deserves its place in the next-big-franchise, post-"Harry Potter" and "Twilight" conversation. And today marks not only the unveiling of the cover of the third book, "Beautiful Chaos," on Hollywood Crush, but an official status check on the book-to-movie process.
And, of course, what adaptation discussion would be complete without a little fantasy casting?
If you're not already hip to the "Caster Chronicles," the story follows fated lovebirds Ethan and Lena. Ethan, the narrator, is just an average high school kid in a small Southern town until he meets the wildly unique and beautiful Lena, who turns out to be a caster (which, for simplicity's sake, is like a witch). Amidst loads of Civil War flashbacks, Southern traditions and humorous crossword puzzle references, Ethan is thrown into the mystical caster world filled with life, love or death consequences and realizes he and his family are not so average after all.
The idea of adapting the first book, "Beautiful Creatures," intrigued Academy Award-winning screenwriter Richard LaGravanese – who also wrote the script for the Robert Pattinson-starring "Water for Elephants" – and he brought it to his producer, Erwin Stoff. Eventually, they took the project to auction and landed at Warner Bros.
"Somewhere in there, Richard decided that he not only was going to write the screenplay but he also wanted to direct it," Garcia tells NextMovie. "We were doubly excited because we knew who our director is going to be and we know that he is fantastic."
Since then, the screenplay has been completed, but Garcia and Stohl have yet to get a peek.
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
"We have not asked for it either," Stohl explains. "We really have complete confidence in Richard and Erwin and we feel like when Richard thinks it's ready to show it to us, he will. As writers, we understand the feeling of not being ready to show it to the people yet. He doesn't interfere with us writing the books so we're not going to interfere with what he's doing."
That faith in their screenwriter comes from his demonstrated fascination with their work. LaGravanese and Stoff met the authors in South Carolina for a tour of some of the places that inspired their work.
"Richard showed up with a notebook full of questions – like rules of the universe questions," Garcia says. "He has so much interest in the intricacies of the world and even if there were things that weren't in the book he still wanted to know from us, [like] what would happen if this happened, what would be the ramifications of X."
"They also really wanted to get a feel for the exact locations we had in mind when we wrote the book," Stohl adds.
The pair is hopeful that the film will go into pre-production later this year as planned. That means it's almost time for casting...
Behold! Garcia and Stohl's Fantasy Casting Gallery!
Lucy Hale as Lena
Emily Browning as Lena
Logan Lerman as Ethan ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Steven R. McQueen as Ethan
Chord Overstreet at Link ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Kristin Bell as Ridley
Rashida Jones as Marian ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Famke Janssen as Sarafine
Alfre Woodard as Amma
Jeremy Irons as Macon (?????????)
Gregory Peck circa 1962 as Macon ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥