20 AI Versions Of YA Characters Vs Movie And TV Versions

Some of these castings would be great if they hadn’t hired grown adults to play high school kids.

Have you ever been super excited to learn that your favorite book is ultimately to be made into a movie, only to catch a glimpse of the characters on screen and see that they look nothing like what you imagined in your head?

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Sorry, but the character in my head is right, the casting directors are wrong. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Well, we used AI to bring 20 popular YA characters from the page to your phone screen, so we could see what they would look like IRL based on their descriptions in the books. Using Artbreader, we combined pre-existing faces that resembled the characters, then added specific features to make them just right (or, at least, as accurate as possible).

Finally, we compared them to the actors who portrayed them in the film/TV adaptations. Some were great and some… well… left something to be desired. Without further ado, take a look at all 20 of them for yourself:

1.

This is Lara Jean Covey as portrayed in the To all the boys I’ve loved before books:

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She is described as having long black hair and black eyes. Lara’s mother is Korean and her father is white, but she is described as looking more like her mother than her sisters. She is 16 years old in the first volume.

Here is Lara Jean Covey played by Lana Condor:

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And here they are side by side:

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2.

This is Peter Kavinsky as portrayed in the To all the boys I’ve loved before books:

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He is described as tall, athletic, and a “cardboard cutout of a ‘cool guy’ in a high school movie”. Lara described his look as that of a “handsome boy from another era…handsome enough for a girl to wait years for him to come back from the war”. He’s in the same year of high school as Lara Jean, so he’s also 16 or 17.

Here is Peter Kavinsky played by Noah Centineo:

And here they are side by side:

3.

This is John Ambrose McClaren as portrayed in the To all the boys I’ve loved before books:

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Lara Jean describes him saying, “With his blond hair, milky skin and rosy cheeks, he looks like an English farmer’s son. But he’s thin, so maybe the farmer’s son sensitive who hides in the barn to read.” He is 17 in the second book, in which he appears.

Here is John Ambrose McClaren played by Jordan Fisher:

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And here they are side by side:

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This is Hazel Grace Lancaster as portrayed in The fault of our stars:

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She is described as having green eyes, dark brown hair, a pageboy-like haircut, and “chip-chip cheeks”. She is 16 years old.

Here is Hazel Grace Lancaster played by Shailene Woodley:

And here they are side by side:

5.

This is Augustus Waters as portrayed in The fault of our stars:

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He is described as having blue eyes, mahogany hair, and a well-built body from his basketball days. He is 17 years old.

Here is Augustus Waters played by Ansel Elgort:

And here they are side by side:

6.

This is Beatrice “Tris” Prior as portrayed in the Divergent books:

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She describes herself as having “a narrow face, wide, round eyes, and a long, thin nose.” She has gray blue eyes, blonde hair, and striking features that she felt like she hadn’t grown up yet. She is also often described as looking like a bird. In the first book, she is 16 years old.

Here’s Beatrice “Tris” Prior played by Shailene Woodley:

And here they are side by side:

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This is Tobias “Four” Eaton as portrayed in the Divergent books:

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He is described as tall – around 6ft – with short brown hair, blue eyes and long eyelashes. He has a thin upper lip and a fuller lower lip, like his mother. He is fit, muscular, lightly tanned and has an intimidating face. He is 18 years old in the first volume.

Here is Tobias “Four” Eaton played by Theo James:

And here they are side by side:

8.

Here is Percy Jackson as depicted in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books:

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He is described as having jet-black hair, sea-green eyes, a tanned, Mediterranean complexion, and the smile of a troublemaker. He is about 12 years old in the first volume of the series.

Here is Percy Jackson played by Logan Lerman:

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And here they are side by side:

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This is Annabeth Chase as portrayed in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books:

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Percy described Annabeth as “probably my age, maybe a few inches taller and a lot more athletic. With her deep tan and curly blonde hair, she was almost exactly what I thought a stereotypical California girl would look like, except her eyes spoiled the picture. They were a striking gray, like storm clouds; pretty, but intimidating too, like she was analyzing the best way to bring me down in a fight. She’s about 12 in the first volume.

Here is Annabeth Chase played by Alexandra Daddario:

And here they are side by side:

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This is Grover Underwood as portrayed in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books:

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He is described as a tall satyr with a head of curly brown hair, a brown beard, and brown eyes. He has small horns and goat’s feet. He’s 28 in the first book, but he’s still in sixth grade with the others because “satyrs mature half as fast as humans”.

Here is Grover Underwood played by Brandon T. Jackson:

And here they are side by side:

11.

This is Clary Fray as portrayed in The Mortal Instruments books:

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She described having green eyes, curly carrot-colored hair, freckles, and being short and thin. She is 15 years old in the first volume.

Here is Clary Fray played by Lily Collins:

Here is Clary Fray played by Katherine McNamara:

And here they are three side by side:

12.

This is Jace Wayland as portrayed in The Mortal Instruments books:

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He is described as having curly blond hair, tawny and amber eyes, long eyelashes, and being lean but muscular. He’s tall – almost 6 feet – and is known to be handsome. He’s 16 in the first book, almost 17.

Here is Jace Wayland played by Jamie Campbell Bower:

Here is Jace Wayland played by Dominic Sherwood:

And here they are three side by side:

13.

This is Magnus Bane as portrayed in The Mortal Instruments books:

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He is described as having brown skin, high cheekbones, black hair, and slanted green/gold eyes that have “vertically slit pupils, like those of a cat”. He is Asian, young (he is 400 years old but stopped aging at 19), tall and skinny.

Here is Magnus Bane played by Godfrey Gao:

Here is Magnus Bane played by Harry Shum Jr.:

And here they are three side by side:

14.

This is Simon Spier as portrayed in Simon against the Homo Sapiens program:

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He is described as having blonde hair, gray eyes, and glasses that make him look like Harry Potter. He’s 16.

Here is Simon Spier played by Nick Robinson:

And here they are side by side:

15.

This is Blue/Bram Greenfeld as described in Simon against the Homo Sapiens program:

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He is described by Simon as having “expressive brown eyes, light brown skin, soft dark curls and lovely knobby hands”.

Here is Blue/Bram Greenfeld performed by Keiynan Lonsdale:

And here they are side by side:

16.

This is Alina Starkov as portrayed in the Shadow & Bones books:

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As a child, she was described as “pale and sour, like an upturned glass of milk”. She is skinny, has “dull” brown hair, dark circles under her eyes and “yellowish skin”. After gaining her powers, she becomes healthier, her hair becomes thicker, and her skin becomes more tanned. She is 17 in the first volume.

Here is Alina Starkov played by Jessie Mei Li:

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And here they are side by side:

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17.

This is Kaz Brekker as portrayed in the Shadow & Bones books:

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He is described as having pale skin, a pointed jaw, a narrow face, and black hair cut shorter at the sides. In Six of Ravens, Inej describes her eyes as “the color of strong tea”. He is slim but muscular and is 17 years old.

Here is Kaz Brekker played by Freddy Carter:

And here they are side by side:

18.

This is General Kirigan/The Darkling as depicted in the Shadow & Bones books:

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He is described by Alina as having “a handsome pointed face, a mop of thick black hair, and light gray eyes that shone like quartz”. He’s at least 400 years old, but Alina says he doesn’t look much older than her.

Here is General Kirigan/The Darkling played by Ben Barnes:

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And here they are side by side:

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19.

Here is Thomas as described in The maze Runner books:

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He is described as having sandy brown hair and we are told he looks 16, although he says he feels much older.

Here is Thomas played by Dylan O’Brien:

And here they are side by side:

20.

This is Teresa Agness as portrayed in The maze Runner books:

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She is described by Thomas as having “black” hair, “pale as pearl” white skin, and blue eyes. He says she looks like 15 or 16.

Here is Teresa Agness played by Kaya Scodelario:

And here they are side by side:

What characters do you want the AI ​​to spawn next? Let us know in the comments below!

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