Sorry if all these updates about Amori are getting a little old, but…well, maybe I’m not sorry. :P But while I’m on the subject, I’d like to show you something.
For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with my blog (or don’t remember), I had originally chosen Hailee Steinfeld as my character appearance for the main character in my Hunger Games fan fiction, Amori. After doing an edit that I was really proud of, using a photo of Hailee, I delved into the story and started having problems picturing her doing the things my character was doing. I realized that I liked the actress best as a more innocent, positive, smiling type character.
Suffice it to say, that’s not Amori. Yes, she is more innocent in the way that she is not as motivated by anger or revenge, as dystopian characters tend to be. But she is solemn. She has been wounded. She has aged beyond her years. She does not look like an eighteen-year-old. So I started digging. A lot of frustration, loads of pictures of different actresses, way way too much research, and watching a bunch of GIFs later, I settled on Seychelle Gabriel.
She is Amori.
What do you think? Can you see Seychelle growing up in District 12, sitting in the cafeteria in 13, talking to Gale in the bunker during the bombing? Because I can. I must give some credit to my sister, though. She was sure that Seychelle was right for Amori even when I was completely doubting whether I’d made a huge mistake in choosing her. So thanks, sis! XD
Another point of interest. Anybody who’s been poking around my Pinterest might have seen my Journey of an Artist board, and on there is an old, old, terrible, awful, horrid drawing I did of one of my story characters from long ago. When I first decided I loved The Hunger Games a few years ago I made a mistake. The mistake I didn’t want to make with Amori. I wrote a non-fan fiction called Candles, about a girl named Evergreen Walker who is surviving in a dystopian world I knew nothing about except that it was very similar to Panem.
Originally inspired by Jennifer Lawrence as Ree Dolly (not Katniss), I ended up changing her to suit my imagination. Originally she wasn’t supposed to look like some actress. I doubt now even if she looked completely human. But anyway, I realized several of her defining features are actually similar to Seychelle Gabriel’s.
Left: Seychelle Gabriel. Right: Drawing. Definitely a drawing. :P
They have the deeper-set eyes in common. The subtle lines beneath the eyes. Narrower chins. Dark brown hair. Etcetera. I seriously doubt whether Candles will ever see the light of day again, so it’s nice to have a piece of Evergreen Walker in this genuine Hunger Games story. :)