Books into TV: 'Delirium' Casts Alex and Makes Changes From Book

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More casting news to break this week. Two of the leads have already been cast for Delirium, and now three more are coming in. Plus casting for ALEX! Also, Zap2It reveals the changes from book to TV, as we all know adaptions can't be completely true to the story. Continue reading for details!




Both Lena and Julian were cast last week. Gregg Sulkin was cast as Julian and Emma Roberts landed the role as Lena!


According to The Hollywood Reporter, The male lead has gone to Daren Kagasoff. He'll be playing Alex, the love interest of Lena. Kagasoff is best known for his work on The Secret Life of An American Teenager. Not my favorite TV show nor my favorite actor so I'm going to leave it to twitter to be excited for me.






Two more actors have been cast in the FOX pilot. Billy Campbell (The 4400) will play Thomas Fineman. Described as "With laser-white teeth and a John Boehner tan, he is the head of a lobbying organization called Deliria Free America who supports the use of the brain modification that prevents citizens from falling in love and leads to a peaceful, ordered society." Corey Reynolds landed the role as "Lawrence Task, the strategic, authoritative, no-BS leader in the budding Resistance movement."

Beyond casting, here's the BIG NEWS! Zap2It got their hands on a script and compared it to the the book. So here's where the TV show will diverge from the book:


In the novels, Julian is a character introduced in the second book, "Pandemonium." His father is a public figure, leading the DFA -- Deliria-Free America -- cause against the Invalids. In the proposed television series, Julian is introduced right off the bat, as a sickly young man who lives next door to Lena's best friend, Hana, and is confused by his powerful attraction to her, though she's not particularly interested. Yes -- Julian and Hana. 


Julian has already been cast by Disney alum, Gregg Sulkin. I haven't read the books, so I'm going to be critiquing these changes with a television standpoint (I'm a TV buff after all), so I'm sure those that have read the books will have a different insight. With TV, more boys is always great. So I'm actually happy that they're moving his character into the pilot!


In the novels, Lena's mother's suicide makes Lena long for the cure and fear the dangers of love. In the pilot, it's actually Lena's father who she believes died because he was infected with "Deliria." When she learns some shocking revelations about what actually happened to him, she's driven to take drastic measures."

A change from a mother to a father isn't that big of a deal, but I actually question why make the change at all. Is it because they want to diverge from The Hunger Games which had a mother-daughter thing going on? Really odd, but I don't think it'll hurt the adaptation.
 

The pilot introduces a new character, Ren, another Invalid who is Alex's best friend. Though Alex falls hard and fast for Lena, he's oblivious to the fact that Ren's feelings for him go beyond friendship. She's a key part of the Invalid's plan to resist the DFA, and ultimately goes undercover to infiltrate the government she's planning to revolt against."

Here's my opinion on new characters with TV adaptations...YES! I know some die-hard Delirium fans will be throwing stones at me, but even if I read the book I would be rooting for this change. TV adaptations are different than movies. They have to expand the books a lot more. We're talking about 22 episodes here! That's 22 hours! You can't fit one book into an entire season. There will be changes. Adding characters is a good thing. It keeps things interesting. Plus this girl sounds like she could be Chloe from Smallville. Love it!



The first episode of the TV series actually covers the entire plot of the first book, in addition to including information about Julian and the DFA that readers didn't learn until the sequel. Of course, in order to cram all of that into 42 minutes, there are certain moments that are lost -- particularly key bonding moments between Alex and Lena, like when he took her to his home in the Wilds, and the first time she was introduced to poetry."

I'm not surprised by this move, but I think readers will be angry about this aspect more than anything. Again, it's difficult to adapt books into TV and stay true to the work. I've heard that this book leans on the slower side, so this might pick up the pacing. I don't mind it! 


Overall, changes = good. I cannot stress this fact enough with television. Case in point...The Vampire Diaries. That adaptation rarely followed the book and it is brilliant! TV is about keeping concepts but making it fit the pacing and style of serialized television. So don't fret book lovers! It may all work out in the end.


WHAT DO YOU THINK?


Like the new casting choices? Have you read the book? What's your take on the changes? Angry? Sad? Ambivalent?  Or hopeful? Sound off below!!

13 comments:

  1. I have been paying attention to all the new casting so I already knew about all of these and think they all fit really well. I hadn't read about the changes they will make to the book yet and I was really interested to hear, so thanks for including that! I know that there will have to be lots of changes to make a TV show work so I just have to keep remembering that. Overall none of the changes bother me too much and I can see them working. The Julian and Hana thing is the one I don't like much. I have no problem with him being introduced early, I'm just not sure how I feel about him being interested in Hana instead (at least initially). I am excited to see how it all turns out!

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    1. Since I haven't read the books, I really have no right to complain, lol :) But I hear you about some changes (especially relationships) that might not work for those who've read the book. Hopefully it'll work out though!

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  2. I hated The Vampire Diaries tv show from the changes on the very first episode! I turned it off after like the first 15 minutes, because I'd loved the series so much. I can't believe the whole first book is going to be in one episode? I could see several episodes instead of a whole season, but only 1? To me that seems to pack a ton of stuff into one episode. I think it is okay to introduce people from the 2nd book. I mean they are actually in the world of the first book, we just don't meet them yet. So I'm okay with that. I think changing the mother to the father is kind of dumb. But okay I guess. Whatever, I guess I can deal with that. Hmm, we'll see. Hopefully there aren't such big changes in the first episode that I can't make it through it.

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    1. I'm surprised you hated TVD. A lot of people love the changes they made. But if you love a series, I know it's hard sometimes to be okay with the changes, especially how many they had in TVD. It almost isn't even adapted from the books anymore basically. I do hope the changes aren't too big because I think fans won't be happy with that.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I am not sure at all about this cast. I think Julian and Lena will be played well, but Darren as Alex. Hmm.....we'll have to see. Thanks for sharing all the news! It's awesome to have a reliable source for all this info! :D

    XOXO, Inky

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    1. I agree. Darren is a toss-up. He's not the strongest choice for a lead.

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  4. They should have cast Gregg Sulkin as Alex. Even though he's not how I imagined Alex, he'd be better than that tool from "Life of an American Pregnant Twit". MAJOR SAD FACE.

    Also - this means I have to read Pandemonium and Requiem the moment it releases because I don't want this show to ruin anything from the books. It's too much pressure!

    And I guess I'm okay with them changing the show from the book. Example - The Vampire Diaries books kind of sucked. The show is much better, even though I've only seen part of season 1. I like Emma Roberts enough to carry the show, and since Alex is really only around for book 1, it might be okay if he's not in the majority of the show. In his case, I'd be okay with them killing Alex off early on.

    When I sent you that link last night, it was about Tris and Alex together at last, and I immediately thought they meant Tris and Four and I pretty much screamed, "AWW HELL NO" until I read the actual article. I was still upset, but not as much as I would have been if they had cast him as Four. If they mess up Four, I will probably join one of those facebook groups called "Anti-so and so for Four". I hope the casting directors see this comment, cause when I dislike something, I BRING IT.

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    1. OH. My. GOSH. I think I would have DIED if that was Four. I will join your Facebook book group if they mess with Four, lol!

      I LOVE Emma Roberts, so I think this show will be great too! I don't think I'll read the books before the show comes out (if it moves on to series) but I'll have to read your reviews to catch me up ;)

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  5. Wow. I'm all about changes but I can't say I am pleased about these ones. I'm fine with Julian being introduced right from the beginning but I don't like how they are cramming all of book one into the pilot. I don't want to miss the pace of Lena falling in love with Alex and I really didn't want to jump into the wilds too fast.

    As for the casting... well I really like the guy playing Julian. I think he fits the part. Not too happy with the Alex casting but I'll try to be open. I just wanted to see a new face for Alex.

    I've never watched a tv show based on a book I've loved so it will be interesting for me, to see how I deal with so much change. :)

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    1. I'm super surprised that chose to cram the entire first book into the pilot. The Selection actually did the same thing with it's first script and it ended up not making it to series. Hopefully, that doesn't happen with Delirium.

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  6. I haven't minded the actors they've selected thus far, because they're not overly mainstream. Which is great! However, I can't get over the changes they've made. It feels like the only part they're adapting is the character names and the shell of the world.

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  7. He doesn't look much of an Alex to me. I have read the books and none of the changes really bother me. It is hard to adapt book to tv especially when they want the tv show to last. the story can only go so long if going straight from book to tv. So changing some things to keep it interesting and going is fine by me. I am excited for this show.

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  8. Wow, changing the role of Lena's mom... Annabel is central to Lena's drive for freedom and she is certainly important in Requiem. The casting was done quite well though, in my opinion; except for Hana.

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