20 AI versions of YA characters vs movie and TV versions

Some of these castings would have been great if they hadn’t hired adults to play high school students.

Have you ever been super excited to learn that your favorite book is finally being made into a movie, only to catch a glimpse of the characters on screen and see that they are nothing like 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 in real life based on their descriptions in the books. Using Artbreader, we combined preexisting faces that resembled the characters and added specific traits to make them exactly right (or at least as accurate as possible).

Finally, we compare them with the actors who played 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:

1.

Here is Lara Jean Covey as described in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books:

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

Here’s Lara Jean Covey played by Lana Condor:

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And here are the two side by side:

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Here is Peter Kavinsky as described in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books:

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He is described as being tall, athletic, and a “cardboard cutout of a ‘nice guy’ in a high school movie”. Lara described his appearance as that of a “pretty boy from a different era…beautiful 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’s Peter Kavinsky played by Noah Centineo:

And here are the two side by side:

3.

Here is John Ambrose McClaren as described in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books:

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

Here’s John Ambrose McClaren played by Jordan Fisher:

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And here are the two side by side:

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4.

Here is Hazel Grace Lancaster as described in The flaw in our stars:

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

Here is Hazel Grace Lancaster played by Shailene Woodley:

And here are the two side by side:

5.

Here is Augustus Waters as described in The flaw in 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 are the two side by side:

6.

Here is Beatrice “Tris” Prior as described in Divergent books:

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

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

And here are the two side by side:

7.

Here is Tobias “Four” Eaton as described in Divergent books:

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He is described as being tall – around 6’2″ – 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 book.

Here’s Tobias “Four” Eaton played by Theo James:

And here are the two side by side:

8.

Here is Percy Jackson as described in Percy Jackson and the olympians books:

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He is described as having beach-black hair, sea-green eyes, a tanned Mediterranean skin tone, and the smile of a troublemaker. He is around 12 years old in the first book in the series.

Here is Percy Jackson played by Logan Lerman:

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And here are the two side by side:

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Here is Annabeth Chase as described in Percy Jackson and the olympians books:

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Percy described Annabeth as “probably my age, maybe a few inches taller and much more athletic. With her deep tan and curly blonde hair, she was almost exactly what I thought a stereotypical California girl would be, except her eyes ruined it.” They were surprisingly gray, like storm clouds; beautiful, but intimidating too, as if she was analyzing the best way to take me down in a fight.” She is about 12 years old in the first book.

Here’s Annabeth Chase played by Alexandra Daddario:

And here are the two side by side:

10.

Here is Grover Underwood as described in Percy Jackson and the olympians books:

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He is described as a tall satyr with curly brown hair, a brown beard, and brown eyes. He has small horns and goat legs. He is 28 years old in the first book but is still in sixth grade with the others because “satyrs mature half the speed of humans”.

Here’s Grover Underwood played by Brandon T. Jackson:

And here are the two side by side:

11.

Here is Clary Fray as described in The Mortal Instruments books:

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

Here’s Clary Fray played by Lily Collins:

Here’s Clary Fray played by Katherine McNamara:

And here are the three side by side:

12.

Here is Jace Wayland as described in The Mortal Instruments books:

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He is described as having curly blonde hair, brown and amber eyes, long eyelashes, and being lean but muscular. He is tall – almost 6’2” – and is known for being handsome. He’s 16 in the first book, almost 17.

Here’s Jace Wayland played by Jamie Campbell Bower:

Here’s Jace Wayland played by Dominic Sherwood:

And here are the three side by side:

13.

Here is Magnus Bane as described in The Mortal Instruments books:

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He is described as having olive skin, tall bones, black hair, and slanted green/golden eyes that have “vertical pupils, like a cat’s”. He’s Asian, looks young (he’s 400 years old but stopped aging at 19), tall and thin.

Here is Magnus Bane played by Godfrey Gao:

Here’s Magnus Bane played by Harry Shum Jr.:

And here are the three side by side:

14.

Here is Simon Spier as described in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda:

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He is described as having blond hair, gray eyes, and glasses that make him look like Harry Potter. He is 16 years old.

Here’s Simon Spier played by Nick Robinson:

And here are the two side by side:

15.

Here is Blue/Bram Greenfeld as described in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda:

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

Here’s Blue/Bram Greenfeld played by Keiynan Lonsdale:

And here are the two side by side:

16.

Here is Alina Starkov as described in Shadow and Bone books:

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As a child, she was described as being “pale and sour, like a glass of milk that has overturned”. She is thin, has “flat” brown hair, shadows under her eyes, and “yellow skin”. After getting into her powers, she becomes healthier, her hair gets thicker, and her skin becomes more tanned. She is 17 years old in the first book.

Here is Alina Starkov played by Jessie Mei Li:

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And here are the two side by side:

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17.

Here is Kaz Brekker as described in Shadow and Bone books:

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He is described as having pale skin, a sharp jaw, a narrow face, and dark hair cut shorter on the sides. Inside Six of Crows, Inej describes her eyes as “the color of strong tea”. He is thin but muscular and is 17 years old.

Here’s Kaz Brekker played by Freddy Carter:

And here are the two side by side:

18.

Here is General Kirigan/The Darkling as described in Shadow and Bone books:

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He is described by Alina as having a “beautiful, sharp face, thick black hair, and light gray eyes that sparkled like quartz”. He is at least 400 years old, but Alina says he doesn’t look much older than she does.

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

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And here are the two 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 to be 16, although he says he feels much older.

Here’s Thomas played by Dylan O’Brien:

And here are the two side by side:

20.

Here is Teresa Agness as described in the maze runner books:

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

Here is Teresa Agness played by Kaya Scodelario:

And here are the two side by side:

Which characters do you want to see the AI ​​generated next? Let us know in the comments below!

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