Archive for June, 2011

Now that we have our Clary and Jace, the next logical casting must be Simon Lewis. I’ve heard quite a few names thrown around so I’m going to assume that we don’t have one particular actor in mind. This role will require an actor with lots of wit and humor. A guy that’s not afraid to stand up to Jace and tease him whenever possible. A guy who can be both video game player and wannabe rock star. Not an easy mix if you ask me. I’ve always thought of Simon as “nerdy chic”.

In City of Bones, Cassandra Clare describes him, “in jeans and an old T-shirt that said MADE IN BROOKLYN across the front. His freshly scrubbed hair was dark brown and his glasses perched crookedly on the end of his nose.” She further went on to describe him as someone, “on their way to a chess club.” Yet, we all know that’s not enough to describe Simon. He may come of nerdy compared to the other blue-haired guys in the Pandemonium Club, but he’s much more than that. This is a guy who competes for Clary’s heart. He has to be able to come close to the sexy we all know as Jace Wayland. Not to mention that Simon turns into a vampire and catches the eye of both gorgeous, kick-butt Isabelle and cute, werewolf Maia.

Keeping all that in mind, here are three actors that have both the talent and physical appearance to bring our Simon to life:

Anton Yelchin

According to Imdb, Anton “is an American actor best known for starring as Bobby Garfield opposite Anthony Hopkins in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), and as Tommy opposite Robin Williams in the House of D (2004).” He’s recently starred in Star Trek and Terminator Salvation. His upcoming projects include Fright Night, The Winter Queen, and The Smurfs. He’s a talented actor that was ranked #12 on Moviefone’s, The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25 in 2008 and one of People Magazine’s, Most Beautiful People in 2009. I can’t confirm he has a twitter account, but you can use hashtag, #AntonforSimon to show support!

Xavier Samuel

I’m not going to go into a description on this one because we all know him as Riley from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. This one may be difficult for some, but I heard a rumor that he read for the role of Jace Wayland. No way to know for sure because so many actors were considered, but I heard he made an impression with the Screen Gems casting directors so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him turn up in City of Bones. Simon would be a great role for him because he’s already played a sexy vampire. Not such a stretch, ya think? He doesn’t have a twitter, but you can show your support by using hashtag, #XavierforSimon

Landon Liboiron

Landon is a Canadian actor. Although he’s probably the lesser known of the three, he’s been a pretty busy actor. Most teens remember him as Sam Bradford in Life Unexpected and Declan Coyne in Degrassi: The Next Generation. His post-production projects include: See If I Care, The Howling: Reborn, and Zombie Punch. Did I mention that Landon plays guitar in a band? The picture below just screams Simon to me. Check him out singing and playing guitar here. Show your support for Landon on his twitter and hashtag, #LandonforSimon




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THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED – Kimberly Callegan is the WINNER

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Many writers struggle with dialogue. Done correctly, dialogue keeps a novel advancing and develops our characters. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come easy to everyone so I’ve created a list that outlines bad dialogue issues.    

Mechanical Dialogue

This is when the characters sound like robots instead of humans. Most people use some form of slang when they talk in conversation so your characters are no different. It’s also important to remember where your book is set. For example, if your book is set in New York, then you have to use their unique regional dialect.


“The information you have provided is very helpful. Thank you once again for assisting me with my urgent problem.”

Don’t Data Dump in Dialogue

Let the story unfold naturally. Assume that your characters will remember certain facts and don’t put everything out there all at once. This, to me, is a pacing issue. I always create a detailed outline of my book before I write a word. That way, I make sure the pace stays even and I’m not tempted to give too much away all at once.


“Carter, don’t you remember that when I was eight years old, my parents were killed in a car accident and I feel personally responsible because I had asked them to drive me to a movie? Now, whenever I get in a car I am filled with anxiety. This has made it impossible for me to go on dates because I can’t pick up girls on my bicycle.”  

Don’t Overdo Dialogue Tags

You don’t need a he said/she said after every sentence. Overuse takes the emotion out of the conversation and it’s just annoying to read. You want your reader enchanted by your dialogue, not your ability to create synonyms for “said”.


“Yes,” she said.

“No,” he said.

“Yes, I can,” she said.

“No, you can’t,” he said.

Break up Dialogue with Action

When’s the last time you had a conversation and you stood there without doing anything else? Maybe you were driving or folding clothes or drinking coffee. When writing, all those actions become part of your dialogue. The action adds excitement to what you’re saying.


“I refuse,” she said, slamming her hand into the table.

“I refuse,” she said.

The easiest way to learn realistic dialogue is to listen to the conversations going on all around you. Go to a crowded place like the mall or a park and people watch. Listen to the dialect, pay attention to their facial expressions and other body movements as they converse. It also doesn’t hurt to read a ton of books and see how the experts are doing it. Good luck!

Stacey O’Neale is a full-time writer and co-owner of the Young Adult Fantasy Guide. She’s had several articles and book reviews published, but spends most of her writing time on the revisions to her debut young adult fantasy novel. You can also follow her on Twitter.

Thanks for the picture: In the Middle of Nowhere

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