A to Z Challenge – Films from Fiction

How can we judge films based on our favourite fiction;  is it ever possible to view the film as a stand-alone project?

Like many other people I often wonder why the physical features of characters in novels are ignored when the actors are chosen for the film of the book.   I wrote about The Enchanted April  on Monday;  fair ladies from this story turned into dark haired beauties as they hit the screen.  Did I mind?  No,  because I saw the film first and read the book afterwards and I was captivated by both of them.  It is when they release a film based on a book I know and love that I struggle to accept changes in build or a different hair colour for the main characters.  If you have a mental picture of a fair, slender young woman do you want to watch a curvaceous brunette say her words?  I am still working towards the publication of my first novel but I have already  chosen the actress I would like to play  the main character Ellie, not because I dream of fame and film rights but because it has helped me to write about her.

6 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge – Films from Fiction

    • Hi again Pauleen,
      I have only recently moved on to writing fiction and my first novel will not be ready for publication for several months so I am still waiting to find out if I have created a believable lead character. Fingers crossed!

  1. When I was in high school my school did the play Grease and the teacher opted to cast Sandy as a blonde who could barely sing over a brunette who could. It made me question the wisdom of sticking to the character traits. It didn’t matter what hair color Sandy had. But I admit a brunette Sandy would have been weird.

    • Hi Cindy, thanks for stopping by my blog. The casting choices for school plays are an emotive issue all round but your interesting comments have have now left me with a weird vision. How can I remove the blonde John Travolta now he has popped into my head?

  2. Though I pretty much knew what my male lead character looked like from the day I started writing him, my female lead had remained elusive until only a few days ago, so I think it’s funny that you should bring this up! Having a clear picture of her in my mind has been incredible and makes me even more excited to keep at my revisions. 🙂
    Have fun with the A-Z challenge!

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