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Matched By Ally Condie: Teen Fiction For Twilight Fans

Happy 2011 to everyone and welcome back to my blog. I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus having been consumed with graduate school applications for the past few months but I am back and ready to share some exciting Twilight blogs with you this year. Also, keep checking back here as February gets closer and the filming of Breaking Dawn heads over here to Vancouver, BC.

This post is about a young adult (or teen fiction) novel I’m currently reading titled Matched by the talented Ally Condie. I have about 50 pages left of Matched still to read but couldn’t wait to jump on the blog and share it with you guys. If you loved the writing style and characterization of both The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games series, then this new young adult novel is a must read. Let me preface my review of Matched with these words of praise from the back of the hardcover itself:

Matched is a page-turning, dystopian love story, written with the soul of a poet. Finally, a brave new world that readers from Twilight to The Hunger Games will claim as their own.” – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness.

Matched tells the story of Cassia Reyes, a teenage girl living in a futuristic world of conformity, control, and uniformity according to the ways of The Officials who govern the society. Cassia, from the moments we are introduced to her, is evidently a free spirit waiting to break free of the constraints of her own existence – something she doesn’t fully become aware of until becoming closer to Ky, a mysterious boy she’s overlooked over the years. There’s also the added complication of her close relationship with Xander, someone she considers to be her best friend but who she is supposedly destined to be with. Matched essentially examines a social structure where young teens are placed into arranged relationships for the future benefits of the society.

The story of Matched follows Cassia through a progression towards self-discovery. Ally Condie really succeeds with this novel because she takes a fairly standard literary trope, that of a female heroine struggling against the world she’s situated within, and turns it into a futuristic whirlwind of emotion and angst. Condie’s novel reads with ease as we begin to truly care for Cassia and her genuine emotions and feelings. I love that she is such a kind and soulful character despite the fact she has grown up in a society that finds no value in individuality or softer qualities like emotional depth or questioning.

Throughout the novel we see Cassia break out of her shell and become someone who stands on her own two feet. She is truly brave in the face of adversity and faces opposition head on. In a lot of ways, Cassia’s quiet strength reminds me of Bella Swan in Twilight or Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. All three female heroines possess different traits and personalities, but they all have this powerful inner strength within them that readers can really appeal and relate to, especially young girls reading these novels. Cassia is definitely a literary role model worth examining – as she represents what might not be a very distant reality we will have to face in our own ever-increasing modern existence. Cassia is the kind of protagonist that represents not only present day struggles in society but also what may be to come in our own future.

As usual, I found myself reflecting on Twilight as I read Matched. I never try to do this intentionally, but I found myself picturing Kristen Stewart and hearing her voice when Cassia is present. There’s something about the subtle sensitivity that Kristen brings to her roles that I thought matched (no pun intended) well with the character of Cassia. It’s the same reason why I pictured her as Katniss from the opening pages of the first Hunger Games novel. I guess it’s unintentional, but Kristen keeps finding her way into my imagination as I’m introduced to these interesting, courageous, beautiful, and strong female leads. If Matched ever gets adapted into a film, you know who I’ll be rooting for to play the amazing and inventive character of Cassia.

Twilight fans – check out Matched. I can guarantee many of you will be hooked in the opening pages. There is a beautiful poetic quality to this book that mirrors the kind of writing exhibited by Stephenie Meyer with Twilight. Coming from an English literature background myself, I love to see literature and poetry infused in modern-day teen lit or young adult lit as it has been in Twilight. In Matched, you’ll experience the poetry of Dylan Thomas in a whole new light as it is brought back into a present day love story.

You can find Matched by Ally Condie at all major bookstores currently in hardcover format. It was released on November 30, 2010 and the sequel titled Crossed is expected to come out in the fall of 2011. If you happen to have read it already or read it after checking out this blog, please let me know what you thought about it!

Kristen would make the perfect Cassia Reyes.

Matched by Ally Condie at

Author Ally Condie’s Website

[Matched book cover is property of Ally Condie | Kristen Stewart picture found at All Kristen Stewart]

January 15, 2011 Posted by | KStew, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Play The PNE In Vancouver

On Friday night I went to see Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Vancouver and it was a fantastic show! Joan was amazing live, she really does have a unique voice and sound that hasn’t ever been replicated. The band sounded solid, I would say they’re one of those bands that sound just as good live (if not better) than on the record. The setting was perfect for a rock show – outdoors at the PNE under a cloudless sky, a huge crowd of loyal fans, and big screens surrounding the central stage so everyone had a good view. The sound was undeniable, you can’t help but sing along with Joan, and even for those who weren’t really familiar with her music – everyone knows “I Love Rock N Roll.”

What was interesting to see was the diverse crowd at this show. There were clearly die-hard Joan Jett fans there who have known her since the beginning with The Runaways before the Blackhearts came into formation. Then at the other end of the spectrum there were a lot of younger people there probably in their early 20’s who have just started to get to know Joan’s music. I feel like whether you’ve been there from the start or are a new fan, the love of music is mutual. It’s pretty cool to see people in their 40’s and 50’s rocking out with kids in their 20’s at the same show. Joan Jett’s music definitely transcends generations.

I started listening to The Runaways and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts after seeing The Runaways movie with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. It was Kristen’s portrayal of Joan Jett that made me want to get to know her more and to hear more of her music in real life. After seeing the movie in the theatre, the first thing I did when I got home was to start checking out the music. I absolutely loved songs like: I Want You, Don’t Surrender, Light Of Day and Love Is Pain. Those are still my four favourites. It’s been less than a year since I started listening to their music but Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are one of my favourite bands now.

I think it’s great that a movie like The Runaways has opened up this world of 70’s/80’s music to kids who’ve never heard it before. If it means people go out and buy Runaways or Blackhearts music, that someone goes and buys Cherie Currie‘s autobiography Neon Angel, or that people go out to support Joan Jett at a rock show – then that movie has surely done some good. Everyone at that show probably has their own story on how they started listening to Joan Jett’s music, and there was definitely a generation gap, but everyone was there to support the band and enjoy the show which is what really matters. Joan dedicated the show to her mom who passed away the day before so it was pretty emotional to see her up there rocking out in spite of everything. She really is a rock icon.

Here are some of my favourite songs that Joan Jett & the Blackhearts performed at the PNE in Vancouver:

  • Light of Day
  • Crimson and Clover
  • I Love Rock N Roll
  • Bad Reputation
  • Do You Wanna Touch Me?
  • I Hate Myself For Loving You
  • Backlash
  • Love Is Pain
  • Cherrybomb (Runaways)

Check out some more of my photos from the Joan Jett PNE show:

There’s also some pretty cool videos of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the PNE. Check out RayVanEng’s awesome video of Crimson & Clover / I Hate Myself For Loving You:

Another great video from 1ofakind2u this one is Bad Reputation / Cherry Bomb:

One more awesome video from AngelikaDiana this is I Love Rock N Roll:

Thanks for reading!

[Photos belong to me Twilight Connection aka @theamytweets | Youtube Videos as specified above]

August 30, 2010 Posted by | The Runaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Will Kristen Stewart Star In Wanted 2?

Kristen’s Potential Involvement in Wanted 2

A few people have been asking about the potential involvement of Kristen Stewart in the upcoming Wanted 2 (2011), so I thought I’d share some of what’s being said. It seems that Kristen is being considered for this role, but there’s no telling at this time whether or not she will be available for the role or has committed to it.

A lot of entertainment sites/blogs/media outlets seem to be talking about Kristen and Wanted 2, and Kristen herself has expressed interest in the project. For these reasons, there could be some potential for her starring in the sequal – Wanted 2 – opposite James McAvoy.

So far we’ve heard from Kristen back in June that she would be interested in the project, but no concrete news has surfaced since. Here’s what Kristen had to say to MTV a couple of months back in June about Wanted 2:

“Yes. Definitely, as long as it was good and I mean, it’s really exciting to see [that could be an opportunity],” she admitted. ” ‘Wanted’ was a great movie, like, James McAvoy makes that movie different than most other action movies because he’s a real guy, and I feel like most action movies don’t have that. So if it had that [element], definitely. But I wouldn’t just want to be in a mindless, blow-up movie. I’m not into it.” – Kristen Stewart, MTV interview.

I haven’t seen the first Wanted film, but Angelina Jolie‘s character apparently gets killed off at the end. The writers for Wanted 2 considered having her character (and Angelina) come back from the dead for the sequel, but Ange apparently was not on board for that storyline or reprising the character, feeling that it would be a detriment to have her character brought back from the dead.

This leaves us with the potential for Kristen and James to star opposite one another in the sequel Wanted 2 with Kristen coming into the series as a brand new character. As of June 2010, Kristen had only confirmed 2 of her upcoming film projects with MTV:

“The only two projects that I’m confirmed in now are ‘On the Road’ and ‘Breaking Dawn’ 1 and 2.” – Kristen Stewart, MTV interview.

Kristen addressed the Wanted 2 rumours once again this summer during the Q&A session at Luna Park in Sydney, Australia:

“Right now, I have two projects lined up. I’m doing ‘‘ this Summer and then I’m doing ‘[The Twilight Saga’s] Breaking Dawn’. So other than that I have nothing ‘nailed down’.” – Kristen Stewart, Luna Park Q&A, Australia.

Premise of Wanted and Wanted 2

Wanted came out in 2008 and is an action film based on Mark Millar‘s comic book mini-series. The premise centers on Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy), a man who has become disillusioned with his office job and monotonous life. When Wesley discovers that his late father was involved in something called The Fraternity, a secret guild of assassins, his life takes a dramatic turn.

Wesley becomes involved in The Fraternity where he meets the leader – Sloan (Morgan Freeman), and begins working with mentor Fox (Angelina Jolie) as he trains to be an assassin. The story follows from here and delves into an action-packed world of assassin training, fighting, and mystery.

As for Wanted 2, the plot details and premise have not yet been revealed. From the talks and rumours circulating, it would seem Kristen could portray a new assassin within The Fraternity and she could also be a potential love interest for Wesley Gibson.

Why Kristen Should Star in Wanted 2

This seems like it could be a great role for Kristen for a few reasons: this would be a new genre of film for her to take on as we haven’t yet seen her in a full-on action movie. It would be a role very much different from her Twilight character Bella Swan for which she has been typecast by many.

Wanted 2 would allow her to work with some talented actors such as James McAvoy. She seems to thrive when acting around top-notch talent and this could be yet another opportunity for her to shine among the best of them

I also feel that the role of an assassin would be an interesting one for Kristen to play. The serious approach that Kristen has towards acting could be effectively channeled into this role: someone who’s emotions must be in check and someone who must make decisions without faltering or looking back. I think she has the look, the pose, and the serious attitude to pull this role off with ease. When trying to picture Kristen in Wanted 2, the first thing that comes to mind is the photoshoot with Allure Magazine. She looks so fierce and confident in that photoshoot – this look is very Wanted 2.

Media On Kristen and Wanted 2

Here’s what some other media outlets have to say about Kristen and Wanted 2:

“In all honesty, we bet Rob was just helping Kristen, 20, do her research. She IS supposed to take over Angelina’s role in Wanted 2, after all! What a good BF!” – Kirstin Benson, Hollywoodlife.


“Millar remains optimistic that Universal might move forward with a sequel after having a great working relationship with the studio.

Commenting on rumors that Kristen Stewart would step in for Jolie, Millar answered “I hear new stuff every day. I hear stuff online, I hear stuff from Universal and I never quite know if it’s going or not.” – Hollywoodnews.


“According to E! News, Kristen Stewart has met with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov on at least one occasion with regards to taking over for Angelina Jolie in a sequel to Wanted. No, Stewart wouldn’t be playing the same character Jolie played in the original; instead, she’d be taking on the role of a “young, ass-kicking assassin in the Fraternity.” One assumes that Stewart would also play the love interest of James McAvoy‘s character.” – Erik Davis, Fandango.


[Photos from Allure Magazine photoshoot 2009, Twilight London Premiere 2008]

August 13, 2010 Posted by | KStew | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Why Kristen Stewart Sould Star In If I Stay

The Twilight Connection to If I Stay

If I Stay is a teen fiction novel that has been making the rounds amongst young adult readers since its publication in 2009. Word of mouth began to make Gayle Forman‘s novel popular sometime last fall and this interest began to spread throughout the Twilight fandom. So what does the book If I Stay have to do with Twilight or Kristen Stewart? Nothing implicitly, except that the book has been well received by Twilight fans of Stephenie Meyer‘s writing style, as well as fans of the Bella Swan type of character and narrator as executed by Kristen Stewart.

Catherine Hardwicke to Direct If I Stay

Now in 2010 there is a substantial connection being formed between If I Stay and Twilight. Catherine Hardwicke, Director of Twilight, will be piloting If I Stay’s adaptation from book to film as director of the movie. With Hardwicke on board, many fans of both If I Stay and Twilight are wondering if there’s a chance Kristen Stewart may be at all interested in the project. There has been no public mention on Kristen’s part (or her people’s) about this happening but the idea is alive and well within the respective fandoms. Read on to find out a bit more about If I Stay and why Kristen would be amazing in this new film project coming in 2011…

The Story of If I Stay

If I Stay tells the story of 17-year-old Mia who’s life is thrown into disarray when she suddenly loses her family in a tragic car accident. Her life is so beautifully serene and put together that the juxtaposition of this Christmas-time tragedy strikes hard. The story is visceral as Mia watches her own body being taken away from the scene of the wreckage as her presence enters a kind of out-of-body experience. We instantly care about what happens to Mia, and how she will pull through this ordeal. While Mia survives the accident that claims the lives of her loved ones, she is left in a kind of limbo state of consciousness where her body, mind, and soul are ultimately trying to decide where to go. While her body enters a coma, the rest of her struggles to piece together what happened and decide whether to go back to life without her family, or leave the world and join them.

Throughout this story we get to know Mia’s boyfriend Adam, and the close bond they have forged through their shared love for music. It is music that ties them together, and what describes so many of the emotional and dramatic moments in this book when words cannot fully speak for themselves. It is simply put – a beautiful story about the choices we make for ourselves, whether we choose to stay or go, and how those decisions affect the rest of our lives. Forman’s writing flips between past and present so that we get to know Mia before the accident as well as her altered state of being after the crash.

Kristen Stewart as Mia

It is through Twilight fans on Twitter that I came to read If I Stay by recommendation and I instantly fell in love with the story’s simplistic beauty. The story is somewhat ordinary in terms of subject matter, but it is executed in a way that is extraordinary. Mia pulled at my heartstrings with her loving nature, passion for music, and drive to succeed in life. You will probably have to read the story for yourself to understand why Kristen would be a wonderful match for the character of Mia, but here’s some of my insights into why she should play this role:

Mia is described as being musically driven – a cellist – with hopes of attending Julliard. Music is her life and it inhabits everything she does. Her boyfriend, Adam, has his own band which unites them in a similar devotion to all things musical. Mia is presented to the reader as a quiet, strong, loving, and devoted individual. She cares for the people in her lives deeply, and is passionate about her musical aspirations. What stands out the most about her character is her unwavering strength in the face of tragedy.

I think Kristen has the right kind of emotional sensibilities to step into Mia‘s shoes and embody her complicated state of being. Kristen, to me, seems like a complex person who has undoubtedly dealt with pressure and adversity. It is her relentless strength and stability in who she is that would make her the perfect Mia. Kristen handles the difficult aspects of her life with poise and grace, and it is this same kind of approach to life that Mia has in If I Stay. The way Kristen described bringing a bit of herself to the role of Bella in Twilight is the same kind of experience I could imagine taking place with If I Stay. Kristen could become Mia flawlessly and bring that strong sense of self, love for others, and quiet understanding to the role.

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This song by Ivana XL kind of reminds me of If I Stay, check it out below:

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To read more about If I Stay, check out author Gayle Forman‘s website: also has reader reviews and more info on the book:

IMDB has the film details for If I Stay:

[Book covers belong to Gayle Forman | 2nd Kristen photo belongs to twilightfan_14]

July 29, 2010 Posted by | KStew, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

On The Road – A Preview Of Kristen Stewart’s Next Movie

I finally finished Jack Kerouac‘s On The Road after an intense two weeks of nightly reading – and I’m really sad it’s over! This is such an amazing book and now having read it through, I can’t wait to see how they adapt it to film for Kristen Stewart‘s next movie!

On The Road has been given a lot of critical acclaim over the years as one of the formative books in defining the “beat” generation of the 50’s, but I think it also says a lot about the real nature of living itself, or what it means to truly be alive. It’s a book that pulls you along on a chaotic ride with Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise as they navigate the open road of the United States in search of “it” – that feeling you get when you’re really living your life.

On The Road has the potential to be an amazing movie because the story is so rich and delves into so many subplots and side stories. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on who these characters are and what they’re doing with their lives – they surprise you. In the most general of descriptions, On The Road follows a group of close friends, particularly Dean and Sal, as they take road trips cross-country.

The adventures of Dean and Sal are chaotic, unpredictable, and engaging. These characters may be from the 50’s, but they’re young and carefree which is something all of us can identify with at some point in our lives. They hit jazz clubs, they meet girls, they fall in love, they move on, they meet strangers, they find work, they change cities – and do it all over again just because they can.

On The Road (2011) will be directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and executive-produced by Francis Ford Coppola (Lost In Translation). Here are some of the characters from On The Road who you’ll be seeing in the 2011 movie and the respective actors who will be playing them:

Dean MoriartyGarrett Hedlund

Dean Moriarty is the instigator of all of the road trips and the one who often pushes his friend Sal to find adventure with him. The two have a complicated friendship but both remain connected in their drive to experience life to the utmost extent. Dean is flamboyant, all-energy, charismatic, the life of the party, and fearless. He is the love interest of Kristen Stewart‘s character – Marylou as well as husband to Kirsten Dunst‘s character – Camille.

Garrett Hedlund, 25, has been in movies such as Troy, Friday Night Lights, Eragon, and Georgia Rule. He recently wrapped filming on TRON: Legacy which was filmed locally here in Vancouver, BC.

Sal Paradise – Sam Riley

Sal Paradise is the character we follow predominantly throughout On The Road. It is his story about the journeys he makes and we initially start out on a road trip he is taking alone to meet his friends in Denver, Colorado. On The Road starts with Sal leaving behind his home in New York to go on the road. Sal is a good guy who seems pretty low-key, but chaos ensues every time he’s reunited with Dean Moriarty when they go on wild adventures together. Although Marylou (Kristen Stewart) is Dean’s love interest, Sal also experiences fleeting moments of longing for her and the two form a close connection in the story.

Sam Riley, 30, has had roles on both Law & Order: CI and Law & Order: SVU. He’s been in films such as Control, Franklyn, and 13.

Marylou – Kristen Stewart

Marylou is the love interest of Dean Moriarty in On The Road. She also forms a friendship with Sal Paradise and the two consider becoming an item at one point in the story. Marylou is driven by passion and ends up on the road with Dean and Sal in search of a similar kind of experience of life. Her character goes with the flow of things and we find her seemlessly intertwined with the lives of Dean and Sal. She is characterized as being extremely beautiful, sultry, provocative and carefree. A lot of things about Marylou are left up to the reader’s imagination so I can’t wait to see what Kristen brings to this role in terms of creative freedom.

Kristen Stewart, 20, is best known for her portrayal of Bella Swan in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. She has acted in many critically acclaimed movie such as Speak, The Cake Eaters, and Into The Wild. Kristen most recently starred in The Runaways alongside Dakota Fanning.

Camille – Kirsten Dunst

is one of Dean Moriarty‘s girlfriends in On The Road, and later on, his wife. She is a constant presence throughout the story, but her character remains separate from life on the road. Camille is steady and happy in one place while Dean cannot fight off the constant urge to be on the move and on the road. They have a turbulent relationship due to their different personalities.

Kirsten Dunst, 28, has been in films such as Bring It On, Spiderman, Mona Lisa Smile, Wimbledon, and Elizabethtown. She garnered teenage popularity with her portrayal of head cheerleader Torrence Shipman in the teen smash-hit Bring It On. She also became widely recognized from her role as Mary-Jane Watson in the Spiderman films.

To read more about On The Road and Kristen Stewart’s involvement in the project, check out my article on

For more information and discussions about On The Road the movie, check out the IMDB page:

July 28, 2010 Posted by | KStew, On The Road | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment