This week's debate: What are your opinions on Miley's starring roles in YA book-to-movie adaptations (namely Wake)?
I’m not the kind of person who keeps up with celebrity news, but first it’s Miley and Wings and now it’s Wake, as recently confirmed by Lisa McMann herself.
Miley, are you determined on ruining all my beloved YA books???!!!!!
I’m not going to the extreme and saying Miley should never be cast for a movie, but she doesn’t match my images of Laurel or Janie AT ALL. Setting aside the possibility that Miley can’t act to save her life – I’ve never seen her outside of Hannah Montana, so I can’t say – let’s consider her iconic name and newfound “edginess.” Or, wait, what edginess? If her music video for “I Can’t Be Tamed” was any indication, Miley still has a far way to go until she achieves this elusive, true edginess versus her poorly manufactured imitation of it.
What Miley really has going for her is her NAME and everything attached to it. She has her status as Disney star and pop diva and regardless of whether we hate her or love her, she’s on the rise. Who knows, all this posting against her could be considered as additional popularity, the fact that we feel strongly enough about Miley to post about her. Maybe it’s negative publicity but, hey, facts are facts and “MILEY CYRUS” are the two words that helped The Last Song make $230 million worldwide. And despite the failure of her music video, I couldn’t stop watching it. Watching Miley Cyrus is occasionally like watching a train wreck; it’s horrible but oh-so amusing, and you just can’t stop looking.
Given the recognition that comes with the word “Miley,” it’s obvious that Wake won’t be the last of her ventures. I’m not saying Miley Cyrus should get out of the industry entirely, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stick to something other than YA book-to-movie adaptations. Or, at the very least, find a book where you actually FIT THE DESCRIPTION. I can understand how this move may make Wake more appealing to the general audience, but there are so many other well-known and lesser-known names out there that would fit Janie better. Miley, you’re wonderful in a sick way, but please leave my beautiful YA books alone. Thank you.
As a side note, whether I will actually go to see Wake is yet to be determined... If the other casting is perfect, then maybe.
Agree with me or disagree, Miley's still playing Janie. Let's see where this will go.
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