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Who would you cast? (Answer, and You Might Win a Prize.)

One of my favorite kinds of “wishful thinking” is to cast movies of my favorite novels. I’ve been “dream-casting” since I was a kid. I remember deciding that I wanted to see Ian Holm play Bilbo Baggins when I was in high school, and lo… it came to be. I wanted to see Daniel Day-Lewis play Aragorn… and it’s been reported that they actually offered him the part more than once! (Oh, if only he’d taken that.) So…

… that has made me braver. Why not imagine who might be cast in my own stories? Who knows? It might happen!

So, as the third book in The Auralia Thread approaches, I’m giving away some free copies. You can win them simply by dream-casting three characters from any of the first two books: Auralia’s Colors and Cyndere’s Midnight.

Here’s how to enter the contest:

On your blog, website, or Facebook page, name the actors you’d cast as THREE major Auralia Thread characters.

You can post the book covers for decoration. (Just steal it from here: Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder)

Then… and this is important… Send me a private message (FB or email) with a link to your entry. My new Facebook page is here, my email is Please title your message RAVEN’S LADDER CONTEST.

I’ll talk with the book’s editors about which entry is most inspired.

GRAND PRIZE: All 3 Auralia Thread books, signed.

Deadline: 2/10/10.

Got it?

Here are some characters you might cast:

  • Auralia
  • The Ale Boy
  • Cal-raven
  • Krawg
  • Warney
  • King Cal-marcus
  • Jaralaine
  • Stricia
  • Scharr ben Fray
  • Cyndere
  • Emeriene
  • Jordam the Beastman
  • Ryllion
  • Mordafey
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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is an author and a teacher. His books include a cinematic memoir (Through a Screen Darkly, Regal, 2007) and a four-volume fantasy epic (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). For more than 15 years he has lectured at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. His writing on faith and art, recognized by The New Yorker and indieWire, has been published in Christianity Today and Image (where he has been a columnist); and in Books & Culture, Comment, Paste, and more. He's earning a masters in creative writing at SPU. Want to invite him to teach or speak about creative writing or cinema? Email


  1. Uncle Paul
    February 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm — Reply

    How about Ellen Page as Auralia?

  2. Rick Paul Poole
    February 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Auralia – Jennifer Connelly

    Cal-raven – Billy Connelly

    Jordam the Beastman – Dom Deluise

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