When a book is translated to the big screen, I’m often worried that the actors won’t do justice to the roles. I’ve been pleasantly surprised (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hunger Games, Pride and Prejudice [BBC version] with Colin Firth). Other times, I think the casting director was on drugs (One for the Money).I’m trying something different with the book I’m currently writing; a technique an author recommended. I’ve selected photos of actors who resemble my book’s characters (or how I see them in my mind’s eye). I keep these photos next to my computer so that I can visualize Arlie and her best friend, Mo; Arlie's love interest, Cody; and Arlie's Uncle Frank.
This book is YA contemporary. Working title: Sensing You. More details later as the story progresses. For now, I’ll leave you with these pics of my main characters.
- Arlie (actress Hanna Mangan Lawrence)
- Mo/Maureen (actress Chloe Moritz)
- Cody (actor Cord Overstreet)
- Frank (a cross between actor Zac Galifianakis and a family friend, Frank Baxter)
Have you been pleasantly surprised or horrified by a book to film translation? Do share!