Imagining Book to Film | Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman + GIVEAWAY!

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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…


Elizabeth Gillies as Lacey (Source) | Skyler Samuels as Nikki (Source) | Joey King as Hannah (Source)

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.


Act 1: Come As You Are by Nirvana (Source) | Act 2: Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana (Source) | 3rd Act: In Bloom by Nirvana (Source)

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…?

Make Up:

Urban Decay Smokey Palette | Seventeen Tattoo Me Semi Permanent Liquid Eyeliner | Urban Decay Perversion Eyeliner | Seventeen Mega Matte Lipsticks

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…


Nirvana T-Shirt | Ripped Jeans | Tartan Skirt Dr Martens | Leather Jacket

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.


(UK Only)

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.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below, with your name, where you are in the UK (I’m nosey like that!) and why you want to read Girls on Fire.  You don’t even have to follow me, or my blog, you just have to want to read Girls on Fire! 

You will be asked to enter your email into the comment box, and I would confirm that only I have access to this and it cannot be seen by other visitors of my blog.  I will not pass these on to any third party.  I know how annoying that is.

Terms and conditions of the giveaway:
1. No purchase required.
2. Open to entrants in the UK only.  If you are under 16, please make sure you have permission to share your address.
3. The giveaway begins on 11th January 2017 at 9:00am and will end on 25th January 2016 at 9:00am.  The winner will be chosen at random by a random number generator.  The number of eligible entries received determine the odds of winning.  The winner has 28 days to email me their details or a new winner will be chosen.   I am not responsible for the item going missing once it has been posted to the winner but I will try my best to replace or provide an alternative item should the item go missing or be damaged in transit.  There is no cash alternative to this prize.  I have the right to obtain and publicize the winners name and likeness.
4. To enter, leave a comment with your name, where you live in the UK and why you want to read Girls on Fire.  Your email address will be taken from the email address you give in the comment box, so please ensure that the email address you provide is correct.   Any dishonest entries including, but not limited to are, false and/or multiple accounts being used to enter the giveaway, false and/or incomplete information and spam/abusive behaviour will be disqualified.
5. If there are any taxes to pay on the item, I will be responsible.
6.  Void where prohibited by law.

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!

Dannie x

This blog post is an entry for a competition held by Little, Brown for previous reviewers of Girls on Fire.  Paperback of Girls on Fire was gifted as a thank you for the original blog post.  No obligation to review or give away. No monetary compensation has been received for this blog post.  No affiliate links have been used in this blog post.

January 11, 2017
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  • Reply Mark Palmer

    Looks like a fantastic read

    January 11, 2017 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Chelsea Chadwick

    Yo – I’m Chelsea and I live in Somerset. I really wanted to read Girls on Fire since it first came out, but unfortunately my TBR list has meant I couldn’t justify buying another book – sob! I love the new cover as well, very cool!

    January 11, 2017 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Andy Wedge

    andy, Lancashire and because it looks like an interesting read

    January 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Ray Becker

    London wife would like to read this

    January 11, 2017 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Sarahann Tonner

    Sounds like an amazing book and so different to anything else on my bookshelf.

    January 11, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Milly Youngman

    I’m Milly, based in London, and I’d love to read the book as you’ve really created an amazing representation of it in this post!

    January 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Hi Milly :) you’re the winner of my giveaway! I’ll be sending you an email shortly. x

      January 25, 2017 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Mark Witherington

    Looks like a good read and am a bit of a bookworm

    January 11, 2017 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    RichT Surrey, Looks Great :)

    January 12, 2017 at 2:55 am
  • Reply Kristy Brown

    I’m Kristy, currently in Stafford and this book looks like something that I would really enjoy – although on first glance it wouldn’t have been one i would probably have a look it if I wandered past it in a store.

    January 12, 2017 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Molly

    Any book you recommend is generally A** so I have to enter! I’m from Shevington, too!

    January 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Jo Carroll

    Brilliant post…really great read! Have you ever thought of becoming a movie producer? ;) I love all your casting and music selections – wouldn’t it be funny though if when the real movie is made (and I’m sure it will be) many of your choices pop up! Your pitch really sells the story…can’t wait to read it now. Have you ever thought who would play yourself in a movie or asked your friends who they would cast as you – that’s a conversation believe me..hehe!

    January 13, 2017 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Mark Bradbury

    Fantastic read I bet.

    January 14, 2017 at 7:56 am
  • Reply Solange

    I’m in London and I want to read Girls on Fire because it sounds captivating.

    January 17, 2017 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Carol De Brikasaan

    I live in Northumberland .. It has very good reviews & sounds like something i would enjoy reading

    January 19, 2017 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Victoria Dennis

    I’m from the Wirral, your description and reviews of Girls on Fire really makes me eager to read this novel

    January 21, 2017 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply leanne weir

    I am in North Wales and these look ace

    January 21, 2017 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Jim Milligan

    I’d like to read Girls on Fire, as anything with a Nirvana soundtrack has to be good.

    January 22, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Sarah Searle

    I’m Sarah and I’m in Bournemouth by the sea! Looks like a really good read and love the cover design.

    January 23, 2017 at 10:45 pm
  • Reply Eileen Hindley

    Would love to read this book as it sounds enthralling

    January 24, 2017 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Emily Hutchinson

    Hi, I’m in Harrogate. I’d like to read this as it sounds thrilling!

    January 24, 2017 at 11:41 am
  • Reply cathyj

    on my daughters to read list

    January 24, 2017 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Alison

    Alison , Newcastle and love the look of this book. Your description made me eager to read it

    January 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Imogen Richards

    I am from the outskirts of London, and I would like to read Girls on Fire because it has already been recommended to me by my friends and I have just finished my last book and am looking for a new one!

    January 25, 2017 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply ellie spider

    I’m from Cardiff

    I’d love to read Girls on Fire as I am always looking for new authors and books to enjoy – I love your description of the book

    January 25, 2017 at 10:42 pm
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