Let’s Talk About Jamie

I don’t usually write these kinds of posts, but I was like “What the hay. I have no reviews to post. No new writing endevours. No updates from school.” Okay, so that last one is a lie. I’m pretty sure I got an A on my final education Powerpoint today. The professor was very impressed and liked my Bell Ringer activity that I incorporated into the lesson. Today was also the last day of my Sociology class and I got a perfect score on my last analysis!


Okay. With those updates out of the way, I wanted to talk about Jamie Campbell Bower.

If you do not know, Jamie is a British actor, widely known for his acting in Sweeney Todd and playing as one of the Volturi in the Twilight Saga movies. Last year, Jamie Campbell Bower landed the lead male role of Jace Wayland in the upcoming film adaption of Cassandra Clare’s first book in her bestselling YA series The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. To say that I was disappointed would be a severe understatement.

Like a lot of people in the fandom, I was angry. Why? Well, Jamie did not resonate a single trace of how Jace Wayland looked. Yes, I am ashamed to say this. I judged Jamie based on his looks alone. Me and my friend – whose name shall be kept in confidence – bashed him. He was not the epitome of the Jace Wayland I had created in my mind. Jace is unbelievably hot and incredibly sexy and cocky. Jamie, well…is not.

I know. I’m horrible. I really am.

Before Jamie had been officially casted alongside Lily Collins, who is playing the lead female role of Clary Fray, there was a rumor of Alex Pettyfer (I AM NUMBER FOUR, BEASTLY) taking the lead. I was beyond excited and looking forward to it. For one, Alex Pettyfer is unbelievably attractive. I mean look at him:

Now, look at Jamie:

It’s no contest.

But Alex turned down the role because he did not want to be type casted. He had done his fair share of YA adaptions and wanted to move on to more mature roles.

Was I disappointed? Yes. Entirely. I got use to the idea of Alex being Jace. Jamie was not part of that vision.


I honestly don’t know when it happened. I don’t know when I had a change of heart. Maybe it was recollecting the time where Jennifer Lawrence being cast as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games was an utter disappointment to a lot of fans or maybe it was watching his interviews and how utterly excited he was for the project.

There is something about Jamie that changed my mind and my heart. I started to see him as Jace. Jamie is Jace – as the mantra in our fandom says. I believe that totally and completely.

Plus, his interview videos all show how excited he is about the project. Which shows that he really cares and wants to deliver and do a good job as Jace. He’s also very down to earth and has that British humor we American girls love. I’ve definitely warmed up to him, and even find him attractive now. I think he’s just one of those people who aren’t attractive at first sight, but once you get to know them they are beautiful.

Incredibly cheesy, I know. Amy Pond (Doctor Who) says something very similar about Rory Williams. At first, I did not particularly find Arthur Darvill good looking, but my heart also had a change of heart with him. I absolutely love Arthur Darvill now and miss him terribly on Doctor Who.

Sorry, about that. Got a little sidetracked there.

jamie x lilyAh! Back to the topic of Jamie. There is also new photos of him at the Met Gala last week! Absolute perfection. Him and Lily Collins (who are dating) look absolutely flawless!

Overall, Jamie is Jace. I’ve learned to not judge actors based on their appearance. Just because they do not fit the vision we have in our head of a specific character, does not mean that their acting won’t live up to the part. I’d take great acting over mediocre good looks any day. Heck! I’ll take good anything as opposed to great looks. Beauty is only skin deep.

jamieWe’ll see what I think about him and possibly the entire cast once the movie hits theaters in August! It’s so very close, yet so far away at the same time! So far what I’ve seen, I absolutely LOVE. One thing is certain: I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THE MOVIE!



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  1. WHAT?!?!?!? He and Lily Collins are… dating?!?!?!?!? Ahhhhh xD

  2. Emma– great post! I have SO been there (I think any reader that loves a book before it’s made into a film has) and I totally relate. My favorite thing about this post, though, is that you talk us all the way through your experience and change of heart. It’s something, again, I think us lit fans come to realize: first, that you can’t please everybody all the time (as with casting), and second, we can’t let looks deceive us!

    The adage “Don’t judge a book…” goes far beyond the novel, doesn’t it?

    Congrats on your successful lesson planning/activity, too! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Julie! And yes, I totally agree with the age old motto (: I try not to judge books by their cover either! 😉


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