In her blog Damsel in a Dirty Dress, Nicole MacDonald’s posted pics of George Clooney and Pierce Brosnan as potential actors to play one of her main characters. Go ahead and have a squiz (Aussie slang for ‘look’) .. I’ll wait.
What a fabulous idea, I thought at the time. Who would I ideally like to play this character? (Kathy Bates would do just fine) Or that one? (Sara Ramirez – definitely a contender) Or … but then I thought about it some more. Not necessarily a fabulous idea.
Do you remember reading Harry Potter before the movies came out? Do you remember what Hermione, and Ron, and Harry looked like in your minds eye? I had an image of them that would’ve been different to yours and different to everyone else’s. (Of course there were the common elements that JK gave us when she described them, but beyond that we used our imaginations to flesh out the characters)
Then the movies started happening and although I couldn’t see anyone else other than Emma, Rupert, and Daniel, playing these three iconic characters, anyone who read the books after the movies came out would never be able to visualize anyone other THAN these three actors as Hermione, Ron, and Harry. And that, to me seems to be the down side of picking actors here on my blog to give impressions of what my characters might look like. So you’re just going to have to use your own imaginations …
… However… I wouldn’t turn down either Kathy or Sara as two of the … um … lemme count ‘em … seven main characters in Mortal Instinct if it were turned into a screenplay. Who in their right mind would?
Speaking of Mortal Instinct … this is my latest ‘back cover’ synopsis. Someone over at Magical Words asked me what the book was all about and I came up with this on the fly… I think I work rather well under pressure!
“The adventures of three friends who find themselves responsible for a mystical Sphere that has the power to destroy or save the mortal realm. Immortal beings interfere, lovers and ex-lovers intrude, egos and politics get in the way. And, in spite of all these distractions, they have to find time to actually achieve their destiny before the Sphere awakens and decides its own fate.”
“Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power” – Ame Tan