|Goldy from Necessary Detour|
Last night I was at a book club and they spent half an hour casting my novel, something that I found extremely interesting and flattering. Actually, just being asked to talk to a book club is interesting and flattering so this discussion about who'd play Jamey and Tina was icing on the already delicious cake. It's fun to put faces to names or photos to character descriptions.
Romance novels sometimes have the two main characters on the book cover, either locked in an embrace or otherwise. If they show the faces, it can help a reader get started.
|Pete - Necessary Detour|
|Katie from Dream Jumper|
|Jamey from Dream Jumper|
|Tina from Dream Jumper|
As a novelist, sometimes readers tell me who they pictured as the main characters in my books. It's extremely amusing when this happens. I'm a huge fan of hearing from readers anyhow, but when they cast my novel and make a movie in their head, I'm tickled beyond pink. One such reader who gave my novel THE DREAM JUMPER'S PROMISE 5 stars, had Ryan Gosling and Natalie Portman in the lead roles and I thought that was excellent casting even though I wrote it with Ashley Greene in mind. I don't assign real people to every character but writers need to know the general physical look to their characters. Using movie stars or public personalities work extremely well where using your sister to play the evil stepmother or your best friend to be the ditzy airhead may get you into trouble later.
|Me and Jane Porter at her launch of The Good Daughter|
I'm pretty sure if anyone liked my novels well enough to make a movie, I'd have to crazy glue my lips shut and accept what they did with it. Casting is such a personal opinion according to what and who you find attractive, funny, sexy, and all the other attributes we authors give our characters. I'd love to have the addresses of some movie stars who I picture playing my heroes so I could stalk them into producing and staring in the movie version of my book.
Next time you start a book you might want to check to see if there's a Pinterest board to help your imagination get started. Or not. Some people want to do their own casting and that's part of the joy of reading. If you find Carrot Top super-sexy, you can give him the hero job and no one elses opinion can sway you.
Do you cast your current bedside novel or leave the interpretation loosey goosey? Wanna tell us who you gave a staring role to recently?