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.