A couple of weeks ago I posted this picture to Facebook to help give readers a chance to visualize the character of Jacquline Brody form my Jaxxa Rakala series:
I received a comment from someone that it looked very much like Kristen Stewart, which made me laugh, not because that was my intention (it wasn’t; in fact the image I used as a guideline for this was Emma Watson), but because when I originally published Jaxxa Rakala: The Search, I was also going to school for graphic design. One of my assignments was to create a movie poster, or some other type of key art for a fictional film or novel. I chose to do the movie poster for my very own novel (natch) and this is how it came out:
As you can see, along with Nathan Fillion as Ken Brody and a then young Dakota Fanning as Tracey Brody, Kristen Stewart was my first choice to play Jacquline. (And for the record, I still think Nathan Fillion would make a terrific Ken! Just sayin’…)
Don’t get me wrong, if we were to get Jaxxa Rakala: The Search into development today, I still believe Kristen Stewart would make a good Jacquline – the character is a bit brooding, sarcastic and lashes out when things get tough, or don’t go her way, and Stewart embodies those personality traits well. Take Bella from Twilight, add in a bit of Phoebe from American Ultra and then some of the spunk of Sarah from Panic Room and you’ve got the ingredients for Jacquline. Given that she’s only twenty-five, she’d definitely still be able to pull off playing nineteen, and though many may not know this, she’s also appeared in the space version of Jumanji (otherwise known as Zathura), so she’s been a part of the same types of environments, effects and creatures that inhabit Jaxxa Rakala. She also looks good in a leather jacket and would certainly have no trouble pulling off the faux-goth look.
So, yeah. If I had to choose one person that really conveys the attitude, defiance, pain and hidden love that Jacquline Brody carries, Kristen Stewart is probably the one that best fits that mold.