Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tens List: Shut Out

Today as part of the promotional tour through Teen Book Scene I have Kody Keplinger joining me on the blog to give us the top ten roles she'd love to have in a film. Thanks so much for stopping by Kody!


As a kid, my mom was super supportive of my writing. However, she was also realistic. She warned me that writing was a tough career to get into and that I needed a backup plan. Sound advice, right?

Not so sound was my choice in backup. My plan B? Acting! Yeah, I was a smart kid, obviously.

But I really do love to act. Whether I’m any good or not is another issue. Anyway, as someone who both loves to act and loves great characters, I figured a top ten list of film character’s I’d love to play would be fun!

10. Elizabeth Bennett, Pride & Prejudice - There are a million film adaptations of this book, and I just wish I were in one of them! Lizzie is strong, flawed, and from a time period of pretty dresses. Also, she snogs Darcy eventually. Win.

9. Kathryn, Cruel Intentions - CI is my favorite movie of all time. Kathryn is one of the most devious, wicked characters and she’s also stylish. It would be fun to be a villain like her!

8. Padme, Star Wars: Episodes 1-3 – I know people slam the prequels, but Padme was awesome. I’d love to make her even more badass.

7. Beatrix Kiddo, Kill Bill 1&2 – She’s a former assassin. She’s totally kickass. What more can I say? I want to rock the katana!

6. Kat, 10 Things I Hate About You – Kat is the most sassy, snarky, cool girl character in a teen comedy. Of COURSE I want to play her! I idolized her so much growing up. Go young feminists!

5. Michelle, American Pie – “And one time, at band camp . . . “ Yeah, I just think doing this would have been fun. Michelle cracks me up.

4. Ariandne, Incepetion – This is really just about kissing Joseph Gordon Levit. We’ll leave it at that.

3. Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film-) – I know, I know. The movie wasn’t great. But the list was film, not TV, and I really just want to be Buffy.

2. Scarlet O’Hara, Gone with the Wind – Hey, I do have the southern accent! And Scarlet is such a wonderfully complex character. I would be a challenge, but so fun.

1. Juno, Juno – Snarky. Adorable. Pregnant . . . Okay, well, the first two are appealing at least. The last not so much. But hey, if I’m just PLAYING the role, then its only a fake belly! Who wouldn’t want to be Juno, though? She’s one of the most loveable characters of the past few years. I would love to work with some of that dialogue!

SHUT OUT (from Goodreads)

Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention.

Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: she and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.


  1. Wow, what a great list of characters and movies. I would've chosen a lot of these as my favorite role to play too. Great 10 tops list! Looking forward to reading "Shut Out" soon. :)

  2. Wait, Joseph Gordon Levit was kissed in Inception? How did I miss that?

    I enjoyed THE DUFF and I'm looking forward to SHUTOUT.

  3. Haha, I love that your plan B was also in the arts. :) I definitely agree with you on most of these! (Especially Ariadne, for the reason you mentioned. JGL is SO swoon-worthy!)

  4. I wish I could do snarky, but I so can't. I can do it online though ;)

  5. Yay! Buffy made the list.

    Of course, Buffy would be my number 1-10 in top 10 characters I loved to play. :)

  6. Jenny, I'm back! Blowing up your blog with comments today, but I can't help it. I just checked out the BBAW results!

    YAY!!!! I'm so happy for you winning Best Eclectic Book Blog!

  7. Kat and Buffy? WIN!!! However, you might consider going for Liv Tyler's parts. You look like her!

    @Jenny... CONGRATIES!! You rock girlie!!!

  8. Oh god, I think we alllll want to be Buffy! Even the guys ;) Totally agree about Lizzie Bennet and Kat from 10 Things! She gets to snog Heath Ledger. Jealous.

  9. Rummanah - There are a ton on this list I would want to play too:) Starting with Lizzie Bennett. I want some quality Mr. Darcy time:)

    Jennifer - I still need to see that movie, I'm a film major failure.

    Lauren - Okay, clearly I need to see Inception. I'm missing out on goodness.

    Blodeuedd - I'm better at snarky online too, sometimes I'm not as funny as I think I am in person:)

    Missie - I adore you!

    Melissa - I would be Buffy in an instant, how much fun would that be? And thank you, I'm really excited about it:)

  10. Casey - Oh my gosh Heath Ledger. I loved him like you would not believe in that movie. I would repeatedly mess up takes just to get to kiss him more:)

  11. Hum. I think I would love to be Kat (plus, who wouldn't want Heath Ledger lusting after them?). Oh, and Juno was a great character. I'd bypass the whole preggers teen thing but her snark and come-backs are awesome!
    Great interview -- love the list.
    Mary @ BookSwarm

  12. Ah! I would LOVE to play Elizabeth Bennett! (Especially to be close to Mr. Darcy. lol!) This is an awesome list! I haven't seen Juno yet, but it's on my list of movies to watch. :) I can't wait to read Shut Out!

  13. Oooh I would want to be Ariadne in Inception for the same reason. LOL And yes, I would want to be Buffy just because she's Buffy. =D That movie was really bad though. Thank God the TV show wasn't like that!!

  14. Just finish reading this book and really like it! I love the list as well.

  15. I love this list and some of Kody's choices :)

  16. I need to have a re-watching of all these awesome movies...Cruel Intentions, Ten Things, and American Pie!!! I haven't seen Juno yet...oops.

  17. Gah, so many greats! I would love to be Elizabeth Bennett most of all because I kind of worship her and I'm a little in love with Mr. Darcy. I love Juno although it would be a rough road doing the pregnant so young and having to give it up. But I love that movie so much! I adore Kat from 10 Things I Hate About You! I'm not quite sure if that is because of Heath Ledger or if it's because she just rocks as a character, but either way I figure it's win win!

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile

  18. I'm a huge Buffy-the-movie fan! And Cruel Intentions is awesome - did you ever see Dangerous Liaisons with Glenn Close and John Malkovich? Amazeballs.

  19. 10 Things I Hate About You is one of my favourite movies. I think I watch it at least once a year.