Make it a Movie: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Make it a Movie (MiaM) is a feature post that is being carried over from my previous blog, Jenna Does Books. This is my way to discuss the books I wish would be made into a movie.

You can join in the fun, too! Want to make a movie out of your favorite books? Feel free to do the same on your blog, and be sure to link your post in the comments below so that we can all visit! You are open to talk about any book out there in any way that you want. For example: Who would you have play the leads in the movie? Who would direct? Would it be animated or live action? What would the film poster look like? etc. (Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MiaM when you share your post on social media and also link back to Bookiemoji!)

This week my meme will focus on THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows. I have to admit, this is currently my favorite young adult novel out there. In this post I’ve not only cast the roles of my two favorite leading characters, but I also created a movie poster! Goodness knows that someday I hope to see this book on the big screen…

Let me know what you think of my cast in the comments below!


Make it a Movie: The Orphan Queen by Jodi MeadowsThe Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Published by HarperCollins on March 10, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.


I had so much fun making this poster! It was a real challenge combining the various photos and getting the lighting just right. I love a good challenge. I also loved imagining what Black Knife might look like under his mask…

Oh! And look closely at the poster. You may even find a few little hints here and there as to possible events and locations in the book!



actress-keira-knightleyWilhelmina – Keira Knightley

Wil is the orphan princess of a once prosperous kingdom. She and the other surviving youth of her kingdom vow to one day reclaim their birthright. Unfortunately, Black Knife, the Indigo Kingdom and the wraith stand in their way…

Keira Knightley has the spunk and regal poise of someone in Wil’s position. And we already know she can kick but in a sword fight and other action sequences. Better yet, she can still very easily pass herself off as a young woman ready to gain the throne. Keira is best known for her role as Elizabeth Swann in the first Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Anna Karenina, Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, Begin Again and Atonement.

actor-ian-somerhalderBlack Knife – Ian Somerhalder

Black Knife is a vigalante. He is out to stop criminals and magic-users in Skyvale. He is enemy of the Ospreys and all that they stand for…. or is he?

Ian Somerhalder has the perfect lopsided grin, the seductive eyes and the personality to fit Black Knife to a tee. I cannot help it. I want this guys to be my Black Knife. Ian is best known for his television role as Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries on The CW. He’s also appeared on Lost and Smallville. He is less known for his film roles, which include The Anomaly, How to Make Love to a Woman and Life as a House.


About Jodi Meadows


Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen).

*A Kippy is a cat.


So… What did you think of my poster and casting choices?
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    • Jenna says:

      Thank you, Kristen! I have to spend a lot of time and thought on my casting choices. I do recognize that my selections may not always match other people’s views of the characters, but it is nice when people tell me they think I chose well. :)

    • Jenna says:

      WOO HOO! I’m glad you like it, Jon! Especially since I know you’re such a big fan of the book. :) (So much relief that my cast and poster pleases fans…)

    • Jenna says:

      Eeeee! I’m always so afraid my posters look totally amateurish and horribly Photoshop central. Thank you for visiting and for your nice comment!

      You MUST read this book soon!!!!

    • Jenna says:

      Thank you, Nereyda! So glad that people who may not read the genre depicted still appreciate my posts. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment. <3

  1. Carina Olsen says:

    YAY 😀 Gorgeous post Jenna. <3 Sigh. I am so so happy this is your favorite book 😀 I have not been able to get an ARC of it. Hmph. But soon it will be out 😀 And I simply cannot wait. <3 I really hope to love it as much as you do :) Fingers crossed. I also want a movie of it, though 😀 Thank you for making and sharing sweetie. <3

    • Jenna says:

      As always, THANK YOU, Carina! I hope you love it as much as I do, too! (Or even just a fraction as much – because even then I’m sure you will have loved it.) 😉


    • Jenna says:

      WOO HOO! Another hit for a sampler reader! I hope you agree when you have finished the full book. There is still MUCH to be learned about Wil (and Black Knife). 😉

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Jenna says:

      Woah. You would pay tons of money to see this movie? SO WOULD I!!! Haha! If we lived closer we could go together! If only… But some day, I swear some day… it WILL be a movie!!!!

      (And I have already told Jodi. She made a mistake. A unicorn was supposed to appear and poop glitter in the end. That edit is being made for the movie.)

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