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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cassie Clare Gives EW A Behind The Scenes Look at The Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy Audiobook Casting #Shadowhunters

Cassandra Clare recently talked to EW about how the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy audiobooks were made. With an amazing, star studded cast narrating the audiobooks, fans of the Shadowhunters audiobooks series will love getting this inside scoop. I've included a few snippets from her interview below, but be sure to check out the full EW interview, here

How did you cast these narrators? What was your criteria for each story and how involved are you in that part of the process? 
I was quite involved in the process. Because this was an audio project, we didn’t go looking for people who looked like Simon, but instead for actors who we felt embodied parts of Simon’s personality: His sense of humor, his nerdy charm, and his evolving social consciousness regarding the world he’s decided to join.

Why do you prefer to have a different narrator for each story as opposed to having one person do the whole collection?

Initially, we used this model for the Bane Chronicles as a matter of practicality. It was impossible to find a single actor who could have been available to read on all the random dates when the books would need to be recorded. We found that the upside of having a variety of voices narrate was that each narrator brought their own skills to each story, and gave each tale a unique feel.

Which of the narrators sounded just the way you imagined the character in your head? 

Sam was one of our most unexpected hits. We wouldn’t have thought he’d bring such Simon-ness to the role, but he totally did.

The Cast / Book Their Narrated 

  • “Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy” — Devon Bostick (The 100)
  • “The Lost Herondale” — Jack Falahee (How to Get Away with Murder)
  • “The Whitechapel Fiend” — Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Musketeers, The Borgias)
  • “Nothing But Shadows” — Nico Mirallegro (Hollyoaks, My Mad Fat Diary)
  • “The Evil We Love” — Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries)
  • “Pale Kings and Princes” — Ki Hong Lee (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
  • “Bitter of Tongue” — Torrance Coombs (Reign)
  • “The Fiery Trial” — Sam Heughan (Outlander)
  • “Born to Endless Night” — Keahu Kahuanui (Teen Wolf)
  • “Angels Twice Descending” — Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

  • Check out Cassie entire interview, and here a snippet from each audiobook, here.