Happy Friday! Casey here.
When I completed my first full length novel – Ascension, my friend and trusted beta reader said to me, “When this gets turned in a movie, I want dibs on casting.”
I smiled, then laughed, not being able to imagine anyone buying the book, let alone wanting the movie rights. I filed the comment away. Since my post last Friday – Book vs. the Movie, I started thinking what if my books were turned into movies.
Who would I cast to play Valerian, my dark brooding elf and his love Kyra? And who could portray Nix and Cal, my heroine and hero, from Mystic Ink?
I panicked. Ready made images of actors/actresses don’t appear my head. For me the opposite is true. If I try to visualize someone like Brad Pitt or any number of dreamy men speaking my character’s words, it doesn’t work.
Many writers use a hot hunk or a sexy model as inspiration for a character’s physical characteristics. When I wrote Mystic Ink, I dutifully combed magazines for images of a man I thought was Cal. While I did find a few candidates, none of them were my Cal. Nope, not working for me.
In the end, it’s all academic. Since I don’t have the clout of J.K. Rowling, if my books were ever made into movies, I would have to trust the producers to cast the right people.
Let’s hear from you? Who would you cast to play your favorite book characters? Dish, dish, dish!