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Road Trip Wednesday #78: Who Should Narrate the Book?

by Anna

This Week’s Topic:
Some audiobooks are read by celebrities. Most recently, Cassandra Clare’s CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS was partly read by Ed Westwick of Gossip Girl.

So, if you got to choose a celebrity narrator for the audio book of your WIP or your favorite novel, who would it be and why?

This week’s question is extremely exciting!!! OK, maybe just moderately exciting… Semi-exciting… Meh…

Given the vast amounts of books and various celebrities at my disposal, I had near infinite possibilities. Spongebob reading Hamlet, Snooki reading quantum physics, OJ Simpson reading If I Did It. Dispite these numurous options only one celebrity sticks out, Betty White. She’s sweet (almost too sweet), jolly, and has experience with audiobooks both from her own If You Ask Me and her guest appearance on Family Guy. Obviously, because of her super sweetness, Betty White can only be cast as reading a dark, violent, sexy book like Venomous by Christopher Krovatin. It would be like your old Nana Betty telling all the youngins about her teenage years in New York, sprinkled with crazy parties, gruesome fights, a cat that can apparently play scrabble very well, and running from the po-po. Imagine Betty White telling you about running from the po-po, or even saying “po-po”. Still not convinced? Fine, I’ll tell you about the book. Venomous is about Locke Vinetti (Coolest Name Ever) coping with his overwhelming anger that is developing its own personality and trying to take over. Locke has a pretty good hold on his anger, called “The Venom”, until he meets Renee Tomas, goth extraordaire and younger sister of Andrew Tomas, meathead extraordinaire and Locke’s bully. Renee tries to help Locke get control of his anger and Locke tries to just figure Renee out. This book was pretty good, with a few parts that didn’t seem realistic. How many of you would ever walk up to your and use the phrase “improper advances” to describe a gay friend kissing you? Exactly.

Now, back to Betty, her sweet demenor would somehow make this book hilarious. You could invite some friends over, pop in the audiobook, and make a day of it. Even gruesome quotes become silly when said by a nice old lady. Imagine Betty White saying “So then I tackled Tommy Ferrero and bit off the tip of his nose.”

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YA Highway is a blog (www.yahighway.com) by a group of young adult authors from all over the world! And every Wednesday YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination, from their blog, and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

But, why not do the same thing on our blog every week? I’ll post their question and you can put your answers in our comments section, or on your own blog and link back to it in our comments (and theirs too, if you’d like, because I’m sure they’d enjoy reading your answers!)

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