The Fandom Dream Cast by Anna Day #jointhefandom

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands …

A fast-paced, genre-flipping YA fantasy adventure from a brand new author, writing in homage to the best YA fiction.


The Fandom Dream Cast by Anna Day

This is harder than it sounds. One of the themes in The Fandom is how different your internal representations and imaginings are from reality, and this exercise really proves it. Here’s my best shot:

Violet – Maisie Williams
One of Violet’s most important qualities is her relatability. With that in mind, I chose Maisie Williams, because she looks like somebody you could be friends with, and has a real warmth to her features and expressions. I know Maisie best as Arya Stark, and whilst Violet doesn’t start off kick-ass, she certainly discovers her inner Arya as the plot unfolds. 

Nate – Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Nate was actually the easiest to dream cast: a young Thomas Brodie-Sangster. He just exudes Nate’s cheeky, boyish charm. 

Alice – Eleanor Tomlinson
Eleanor Tomlinson would make a lovely Alice, though she would need to change her hair back to blonde. No offence to redheads, I have red hair myself, but Alice needs to fit that beauty queen stereotype so that she slots into the world of The Gallows Dance. The main reason I chose Eleanor is her smile, it’s absolutely knock out, and it reminded me of a line about Alice – ‘she has a smile which makes you forgive her for being so beautiful’. And that’s central to Alice’s character; despite her ambition and vanity, there’s something magnetic about her. And Alice has one of the biggest character arcs in the whole book, I think Eleanor has the acting skills to pull this off.

Katie – Shannon Purser
Shannon Purser (Barb from Stranger Things) would make a great Katie. She doesn’t quite match the physical description, but she has loads of sass and that lovely grounded quality. Plus, I’m a huge Barb fan, and seeing her on the big screen again would be awesome.

Willow – Jason Priestley
A young Jason Priestley. Just because, Oh My Word!!!!

Ash – Asa Butterfield
Asa Butterfield would make a great Ash, partly cos of his colouring, but also because he’s attractive without being perfect. Also, Asa’s features possess a kind quality, and Ash is built from kindness.


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