Suze Reese on her I <3 YA blog tour has offered up the topic of Books being made into Movies. I thought I'd put a little spin on it and toss it back and ask, Writers, what about your book being made into a movie?
To some extent there's always going to be a bit of a Hell Yeah! So that isn't interesting. Instead - What do you think about fantasy casting?
For me, I always tried to keep myself pure of basing characters off of hearthrob actors. It would pervert and cheapen the character! I thought. (As a fanfiction writer, this is a little hypocritical. Don't call me on it.) So I flailed about, working on my own sketches of the character, trying to get something that felt right.
Then I started working on my Sci Fi novel (a W still very much IP) and I sketched out a few characters, who they were, how to set up the basic situation.
"ok 4 philosophers/politicians2m/2fone is a ship's captain – female
one a plantation owner – male
he’s a philosopher. One of his slaves is his lover. He rationalizes slavery as a way to keep us all safe from lazy idle people. He wants to free her and marry her, but he’s already married.
one is a transplanted aristocrat – female
and one is a former trader/explorer who is now a wealthy merchant – male"
(Yes, I am older than 12, even if my note taking skills do not support this claim.)
I started fleshing out these very basic descriptions, and suddenly, I had an image.
And then they kept coming.
|Lucy Lawless... as a blonde|
And then my plantation owner:
|Christina Cox in Blood Ties|
(Eventually I came up with this pic for my ex-trader/adventurer:)
Essentially, what I got out of these pictures wasn't an actor and their particular physical make up or their usual expressions, or anything like that. I got an image. I got a sense of color and of attitude. I found a concrete way into these characters that was repeatable. Sometimes people can do it with a song that speaks to them in a particular way. For this story it was images.
So how about you? Do you use fantasy casting as a way to help along your creative process or does it hurt it? Do you have any other methods? Making mixes? Sketching pictures? Let me know!