Have you ever read a book and wondered what it would be like if it was turned into a film? (or movie, if you are American) Today I thought I’d do something a little different, and share with you all my thoughts on my interpretation of Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman, and what I would imagine it to be like if it ever made it to the big screen (or even the small screen if it was adapted by Netflix.. *daydreams*)
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
Publication Date: 05 May 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown
Girls on Fire tells the story of Hannah and Lacey and their obsessive teenage female friendship so passionately violent it bloodies the very sunset its protagonists insist on riding into, together, at any cost. Opening with a suicide whose aftermath brings good girl Hannah together with the town’s bad girl, Lacey, the two bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable.
But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it’s a secret that will change everything…
When I read Girls on Fire, all I could picture was Elizabeth Gillies as Lacey. There is just something about her. I think Elizabeth is the type of actress who would be able to bring the character of Lacey to life in a way that no one else could. In case you can’t tell, I am a big fan of Elizabeth Gillies *continues fangirling quietly*
I had a lot of people in mind for the character of Nikki, but after much consideration I chose Skyler Samuels. Skyler is someone I’ve recently discovered via her roles in Scream Queens and The Duff. I think Skyler would be able to portray Nikki quite well, and it would be a great opportunity for us to see a different side to Skyler, especially when she begins to show us a different side to Nikki.
I found it hard to find someone suitable for Hannah, as I had such a specific idea of what she looked like to me. After a lorra lorra searching, I think I found a good contender in Joey King. She may be young, but from what I have seen of her in her previous roles she would be more than capable of portraying Hannah’s transformation into Dex.
Come on now, this is Girls on Fire! How could I not have Nirvana as the soundtrack? I didn’t think it would be appropriate to come up with over 10 songs for a soundtrack, as that would be an entire blog post by itself. Instead, I chose songs that I felt covered Act 1 (the beginning), Act 2 (the middle) and Act 3 (the end).
Act 1: Come As You Are by Nirvana
Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be
As a friend, as a friend, as and old enemy
I chose Come As You Are by Nirvana for the first act, as I can practically imagine the opening bars of it playing over the credits now. I think an acoustic version would work well, but there’s also nothing wrong with the original! I like the references to friends and enemies, as they are definitely two things that this book has…
Act 2: Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
Perhaps a touch too predictable on my part, but Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana is the perfect song for Act 2. Lacey’s and Dex’s friendship is in full swing and they’re up to all sorts of chaos (that’s putting it politely!). I think the energy of this song captures this part of the story perfectly.
In Bloom by Nirvana
Hey – he’s the one
Who likes all our pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he knows not what it means
Don’t know what it means, when I say:
And finally for Act 3, the end, I think In Bloom by Nirvana is an excellent choice for the finale. I feel like the lyrics capture the last scenes of the book really well. Again. I think an acoustic/slowed down version of the song would be excellent interspersed over THOSE final scenes.
Hey Robin Wasserman, did you base your book on Nirvana songs…?
I couldn’t find much reference to make up in the novel, so I’m using a bit of artistic licence here…
I could definitely see both Hannah and Lacey wearing most, if not all, of the colours from the Urban Decay Smokey Palette. They could use the matte brown all over the lid for a simple daytime look, and then ramp it up a gear in the night-time by using the black, grey and purple shimmers on their own or combined together for a more intense eye look.
For eyeliner, I came up with two options. They could use a pencil such as the Urban Decay Perversion Eyeliner that boasts blacker-than-black pigment and excellent staying power. On the other hand, there is also the Seventeen Tattoo Me Semi Permanent Liquid Eyeliner if they want their eyeliner to last for days on end. Believe me, this stuff does not move.
For lips, I wasn’t quite sure what colours Hannah and Lacey would wear, and I didn’t know if it was lazy to simply suggest red. I nearly opted for liquid lipsticks until I saw the new Seventeen Mega Matte lipsticks. I think matte lipsticks would be more appropriate considering these girls aren’t the type to be wearing gloss. Again, if we use a bit of artistic licence here, I would definitely love to see Lacey and Hannah rocking the purple and red shades. I’m quite tempted to go pick up a few myself…
Fashion isn’t my speciality, but I couldn’t not have a go at the fashion part of the film. For some films, the fashion part is the best bit! This is just a rough idea of what I think Lacey and Hannah would wear (I wouldn’t have a clue what Nikki would wear!) and you know what, I would probably wear all of these things myself. I definitely have to give a special mention to Dr Martens though, as the have a little appearance in the novel…
The boots were sturdy black leather, rubber heel, yellow threaded sole, eight eyelets with ragged laces, classic Docs exactly like Lacey’s, expect these were mine.
I was kindly gifted a paperback of Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman, but I thought it would be much better going to someone who had yet to experience Girls on Fire for themselves. This giveaway is UK only on this occasion.
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I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Please let me know if you would like me to do another “Imagining Book to Film” blog post!