Comic-Con 2013: The Things We’re Crushing Over

With just about a week until Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego, now is the time to officially plot your schedule for the geekstravaganza—and, of course, put the finishing touches on your steampunk zombie dominatrix costume for after-hours partying. And considering the veritable buffet of exciting options available over the four-day nerd-a-thon, some serious decisions will have to be made about where your priorities lie. Dystopian Chicago or war-torn Westeros? Vampires or werewolves? Tough choices, y’all. But if you need a place to start, here’s a rundown of the events you absolutely won’t want to miss.

“Divergent”! “Divergent”! “Divergeeeeeent”!!!
But seriously, you guys, “Divergent.” The long-awaited first glimpse of the big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth’s dystopian trilogy is debuting at Comic-Con on Thursday afternoon, and you’re gonna want to be there. Not only will fans get a sneak peek at the flick, but stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Christian Madsen will all be there to chat it up (and, if we’re really lucky, display their Dauntless knife-throwing skills). Plus, the author herself will be there, too, for some serious talk about how “Divergent” made the transition from bestselling book to blockbuster film.

All the fab young literary films
Nearly all of this year’s most-anticipated movies are based on beloved books, and the Comic-Con schedule doesn’t skimp on giving us the goods. The “Divergent” panel will share time with the film adaptation of “Ender’s Game,” with appearances from Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. And on Friday, all the major players from “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” will be on hand to debut some new footage and talk about the Shadowhunting world. Plus, Saturday will bring the Lionsgate showcase—and with it, the long-awaited new trailer for “Catching Fire.”

And if you’re a really keen reader—or if you want the inside dish on just what sort of books might be making their way to Hollywood in the coming year—you won’t want to miss the multiple panels devoted specifically to YA lit. Among the most exciting: a bevy of famous literary ladies (Cassandra Clare, Ally Condie, Veronica Roth, Holly Black, Marissa Meyer, Lissa Price and Veronica Wolff) will sit down on Saturday for a chat about the fierce heroines of young adult literature, and how they find time to smooch cute boys in between all that butt-kicking. And on Sunday, authors including Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs and Rainbow Rowell will be part of a panel asking the question, “What’s hot in YA?”

Alien romance and beastly babes
Some of the best new shows to come down the pike (or the most-anticipated ones still in the can) will be in the spotlight at Comic-Con. On Thursday, you can see “Beauty and the Beast” stars Kristen Kreuk and Jay Ryan discussing hairy situations on the CW favorite—followed by a peek at “Star Crossed,” the Romeo-and-Juliet romance with an alien twist, that’s debuting soon on the same network. Also: There’s a 6 p.m. panel with all the young hotties of MTV’s “Teen Wolf”: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Charlie Carver and Max Carver will all be there.

On Sunday, there’s a special pilot screening of sci-fi teen thriller “The Tomorrow People” and a Q&A with the show’s stars. And to be filed under special surprise treats of the Big Hairy Man variety: Jason Momoa won’t be around for the big “Game of Thrones” presentation on Friday afternoon (RIP forever, Khal Drogo), but he will be showing his sexy face on a panel to promote his new werewolf thriller, “Wolves.”

And, of course…
VAMPIRES. They’re still hot, and there are plenty bloodsuckers of the non-sparkly variety represented at this year’s Comic-Con. On Saturday, you can start with a sneak peek at new CW spin-off series “The Originals”; head into sexy Southern territory with the “True Blood” panel and, finally, enjoy a “Vampire Diaries” screening and Q&A with stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder.

And, don’t forget, MTV will be there for it all, live-streaming the coolest content from the Con.

Is there anything else you’re screaming to see at this year’s Comic-Con?

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