Google+ Reading Teen: CINDER & ELLA by Kelly Oram {Dream Cast & Giveaway}

Saturday, October 11, 2014

CINDER & ELLA by Kelly Oram {Dream Cast & Giveaway}

 Hey Everyone! I am so excited to be here today. I absolutely love Reading Teen, and am grateful they let me stop by today to talk about my new book. Thanks guys! Cinder & Ella is a contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. Cinderella has always been my favorite fairy tale and I've always known I'd eventually write my own adaptation of the story. It was only a matter of deciding how I wanted to do it.

Cinder & Ella
by Kelly Oram
Paperback: 322
Publisher: Bluefields
October 1, 2014
Language: English
It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake   fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.
For today's blog tour stop I thought it would be fun to share my dream cast with you, and give you a little insight to each of the characters. I get asked the casting question with every book I write and it’s always the hardest one for me to answer. By the time I’ve written a book, I know the characters so well that they are their own people in my mind. It’s hard for me to put an actor to them. But alas, I shall try to get as close to my idea of them as I can, because hey, who doesn’t like to gossip about celebrities?

Starting with our stars…
Ariana Grande as Ella 
Ella was hard because she’s half Latina, which cuts my options down significantly. Add to that her bright blue eyes and well… impossible. I couldn’t find anyone with the blue eyes, but I did find someone who I think looks like she could play Ella. Ella needs to be someone who can pull off shy and with a guy she likes but also stubborn, outspoken witty and feisty at the same time. She needs to be someone who could play beautiful but doesn't know it. The only girl that kept coming to mind for me was Ariana Grande.

Zac Efron as Brian/Cinder

This almost seems cliché but really, can we go wrong with Zac? He’s sort of the poster child for gorgeous Hollywood playboy. He’s charming charismatic, and can do both pretty and bad boy. Nice and jerky. Sensitive and arrogant. He’s very “Hollywood Actor,” you know?

And now for the stepfamily...
Patrick Dempsey and Charlize Theron 
as Richard and Jennifer Coleman 

Ella's dad is actually her real dad in the book, but she hasn’t seen him since she was eight when he left her and her mom for another woman and never looked back. Richard Coleman is a U.S. Attourney. He’s powerful and intimidating, but in a knight-in-shining-armor kind of way. He’s made mistakes, but deep down he’s a good guy and tries hard to be a good father. I can definitely see Patrick fitting into this role of trying to do his best in a difficult situation, sometimes making the wrong choices, and being overwhelmed. (Yet you can’t help but want him to win.)
Jennifer Coleman is “the other woman.” She plays the role of the “evil stepmom,” though I’ve taken my own “Hollywood” spin on her. She’s a professional model and is a little clueless and tactless but not inherently evil. But she’s absolutely gorgeous and the perfect trophy wife for Richard. Charlize is the perfect look in my mind and with her acting capabilities, I know she could accomplish the personality I was trying to create with Jennifer.
The Ugly/Evil Stepsisters
Annasophia Robb & Brittany Snow as Anastasia and Juliette

The Ugly/Evil Stepsisters. Obviously not ugly. Evil… Well…  Anastasia and Juliette (Yes, Anastasia is a nod to the Disney film but I couldn’t bring myself to use Drisella, so Juliette it was…) are your quintessential popular girls. They’re gorgeous, popular, spoiled and self-centered. They are two girls who are used to their perfect looks, and their perfect lives, in their perfect home, with their perfect family. Until Ella shows up and shatters that perfect world. The two have a lot in common, and you could probably use Annaspohia or Brittany for either sister, but I chose Annaspohia for Anastasia because, of the two sisters, Anastasia is definitely the more viscous of them. I would love to see Annasophia play up the Evil Stepsister.

And last but not least the supporting BFFs

Bella Thorne as Vivan 
Vivian was easy for me. As our resident fairy Godmother, she’s quirky, fun, and very confident in herself. She has her own unique sense of style and flaire. Bella Thorne is perfect!

Jesse Metcalfe as Rob
Rob was harder like Ella. His character is a lot more subtle. I love him, and have big plans for him, so I couldn’t just pick any old face. In this story I suppose Rob would play the role of the mice in the Disney film—Jaque and Gus. Or in the Hillary Duff movie A Cinderella Story—which is totally my favorite, by the way—he’d be Carter, the lovable, sidekick the BFF. He’s there to support Ella and be her friend when no one else is. This star athlete is hot and confident, but he’s also very quiet and modest. He doesn’t mind letting others take the spotlight. He has an element of mysterious and sexy to him. Does Jesse not look like he could fill that role? Mmm. I’m a fan!

Anyway, those are my picks. I’d love to hear yours. And, Hollywood, if you’re listening, take notes! This movie could be EPIC!

How about we add just one more picture of Jesse because... well just because. :D

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen—a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat named Mr. Darcy.

10 – 1 – Facebook party
10 – 2 – The Chiq Blog – Excerpt
Not so public library – anuthor interview
10 – 3 – Book Passion For Life – Cinder’s Original letter to Ella
My Book World – author interview
10 – 4 – A Life Bound By Books – Brian & Ella stop by to chat about their new release
Cada libro un mundo – author interview
10 – 5 – Confessions of An Unsuspected Bookworm -- review
Loco Mundo Literario – author interview
10 – 6 – Fire & Ice – Author Interview
Fierush – author interview
10 – 7 – I Am A Reader – Brian Oliver vs Kyle Hamilton –a character comparison
Choque deLetras – review
10 – 8 – Epic Narrative Book Reviews – review
FluffyReads – Why I love Brian Oliver so much
10 – 9 – Read For Your Future – My struggles with reading/love for it
The CozyReading Corner – teaser excerpt
10 – 10 Books Are Love -- review
Turning Pages of Fiction – review
10 – 11 Reading Teen – Mydream cast for Cinder & Ella
Vendea’s Worldof Books -- Review
10 – 12 Istyria – review
Bookworm Lisa – Vivian, Juliette, and Rob stop by for a chat
10 – 13 SMW Blog – review
BurningImpossibly Bright – Ella and Brian stop by to say hello!
10 – 14 Coffee, Book, and myKindle – review
My Book A Day – Review
10 – 15 Books over Boys – My top ten princes in YA fiction
This Blonde Reads—Why I chose to write a Cinderella Story
10 – 16 Bonjoyr Y’all – character interview with Brian and Ella
Words Feather – Brian & Ella stop by for an interview
Coffee Books and MyKindle – Ella stops by for a chat
10 – 17 Book Babe’s Reads – review
Book Butterfly inDreamland – review
10 – 18 Teen Reader’s Diary – excerpt/teaser
Crawling Over thePages – review
10 – 19 Author2Author – author interview
Clever Girls Read – review
10 – 20 Getting Your Read On – Review
10 – 21 Egykönyvfüggő vallomásai – author interview
10 – 22 Bitter Sweet Book Love – review
10 – 23 Fastidious Reader – Kelly’s thoughts on online relationships
10 – 24 My Guilty Obsession – review
10 – 25 Views N Reviews – Kelly’s top 10 Cinderella Adaptations
10 – 26 El Extraño Gato del Cuento – review
10 – 27 Bows & Bullets – interview
10 – 28 Closet Geeks and SlowMo – Cinder & Ella playlist
Storybook Reviews – review
10 – 29 Random Things In Action – review
10 – 30 The Rest Is StillUnwritten -- teaser excerpt
10 – 31 Paper Cuts – Brian and Ella stop by to chat (argue) Halloween


  1. Exactly. :)

  2. Oh I know. I agree totally. I think there's a difference when you're writing to teens and even more so when it's Middle Grade. I was just noting that it bothered me. I mean, they can do what they want, but I definitely didn't like it.

  3. Well this certainly is a double edged blade isn't it? I also received the same email and it got me thinking had that been the Jesus since i'm Baptist, would I have been offended, and my answer is probably a little bit. I'm not fanatical in my religion but my beliefs are just that MY beliefs. A work of fiction certainly isn't going to have any merit against that. If this upsets someone do too their personal beliefs...okay it upset you. I agree with Zed in saying that "we should approach religions respectfully" but i also feel Westerfeld did show some respect to Hinduism by showing Darcy's struggle with having her character go by the title of Yama. She was concerned that is would offend people of the Hindu faith but then her and her friend came to the conclusion that in that world...of Afterworlds, the FICTION book she created, there was no such religion or any religion really so therefore, it was all just made-up. That is why I think this might be a bit of a witch hunt and I wonder how much of the book Zed actually read. Westerfeld certainly did not paint Yama and a sex object (in my opinion anyway). I viewed him as an anchor and guide. I wasn't going to comment on this post but you know what why not.... we shouldn't be afraid to speak our minds. It's also funny to me how I wasn't to sure of my position until I began typing. I read books where people have no gods or pray to rocks and water and winds or say "by the angel" or take figures like Metatron (the scribe of god) and turn him into a killer (okay that last one was a show but you get my point) They don't bother me since It's all just made up. If we start censoring FICTION then that is just going to one, ruin it and two, open a flood gate that will never ever be closed. Was what was written really that awful that it needed to be dissected and taken out of context? I would love to have someone of the hindu's faith who reads YA state their opinion.
    * i know most of these points had been mentioned but i had to say my peace*
    Great discussion Andye

  4. Haha, was that a Supernatural reference there?? :D

    I'm glad you decided to comment! I think I'm the same way, I start to realize how I feel as I'm typing, and thinking through it. You're right about all the different ways authors use religious figures and change them. Even in Mortal Heart, Robin LaFevers has takes some of the Catholic religion and meshed it with an old Celtic religion, coming up with the different gods. And the god of Death sure plays an interesting role. :D (Awesome series)

    Thanks so much for your thoughts!

  5. Very interesting post. On the one hand, I get an author wanting to take something and make it their own. But then, are there some things you just *can't* make your own because then they wouldn't be what they are anymore?

    Taking it out of the context of religion - if an author made George Washington this guy who agreed to be the king of the US and turned into a tyrant then he's not really George Washington anymore no matter how much the author tries to convince me they have the same name. I just don't buy it. So, in that way I totally agree with your point - i can choose what I accept or don't accept about what any author is trying to portray.

    I also think all religions have a mythological aspect to them that is outside the actual canon. Like the idea popular in catholicism that Judas was the first vampire. Those religious myths or the stories around the faith I think are fair game to adapt and explore and make your own. I think there's even room to explore stories within different religions. As long as you don't alter the fundamental nature of the characters or the intent of the truth within the story. Because then it's not just disrespectful to the faith, it's disregarding the integrity of the story.

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