Monday, 23 February 2015

The Dreamsnatcher Blog Tour: Abi Elphinstone Talks Characters as Movie Stars!

Twelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare - the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks. The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life. Because Moll is more important than she knows...The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dreamsnatcher's dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll is drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure.
The Dreamsnatcher is published this Thursday the 26th February in the UK, and, to celebrate, Simon and Schuster have put together this cool blog tour. Abi has written a great post about which movie actors would be perfect to play her characters, and I hope you all enjoy reading it. Thanks, Abi!


The Dreamsnatcher Characters As Movie Stars 
by Abi Elphinstone

I spent most of my secondary school forming secret clubs with complicated passwords, dying my hair pink and talking through every lesson apart from English (because I stop concentrating after 6.8 seconds – that’s even less than a goldfish apparently – they come in at 9 seconds). But I reckon I would have paid a lot more attention if teachers had realised back then that I was a VISUAL LEARNER – whiteboards full of boring squiggles weren’t going to help me. I needed images to keep me engaged. And it’s the same as when I’m writing. If I’m describing a deep, dark forest I use postcards and photos of gnarled trees and tangled undergrowth to help me conjure up words – and with every character I create, I fix a photo of a movie star on their profile. So for all the visual learners out there, here are The Dreamsnatcher characters as full on, uber-famous movie stars. BOOM. Well – all except Moll because (typically) she refused to conform to any movie star’s appearance from across the globe…

MOLL PECKSNIFF, 12-year-old gypsy 
This is Moll but I have no idea who this girl is or where she is from… 

GRYFF, a wildcat who befriends Moll 
Not seen any movie star wildcats – yet… 

SIDDY, Moll’s best friend 
Max Records in Where The Wild Things Are (but with sticking out ears) 

ALFIE, a young member of Skull’s gang 
Alex Pettyfer in Tom Brown’s Schooldays 

OAK, head of Moll’s camp 
George Clooney 

MOOSHIE, Oak’s husband 
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (but plumper) 

a fortune-teller Liz Smith 

HARD-TIMES BOB, a limb-dislocator 
Merlin in The Sword in the Stone (though less cartoony and without the beard) 

SKULL, a witchdoctor 
I didn’t have a movie star in mind with Skull as he wears a mask. But I’d definitely steal Alan Rickman’s voice… 

GOBBLER, Skull’s second-in-command 
Gollum in Lord of the Rings 

BRUNT, the meanest of Skull’s boys 
Vinnie Jones


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