Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author KT Grant today.
How Do You Visualize The Characters You Read About?
Before I became published, I never casted celebrities in the roles of the characters in the books I’ve read, unless that book was made into a film, and I saw the movie before I read the book. But then I wrote a book that made me think differently. The hero I created was based on an actor I adored and found very attractive (and still do!).
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Conner, the hero from, For the Love of Mollie is blatantly based on Ryan Reynolds.I wrote Conner with Ryan in mind and even thanked Ryan under the initials of R.R. in my dedication for being my muse.
Then when I wrote, The Claiming of Suzy, again, I based my two, main male characters who vie for the attention of my heroine, Suzy, on actors.
JC is based on Mark Conseulos and Xavier is Blair Underwood.
It wasn’t until Xavier’s Loving Arms, where not only Xavier was given a celebrity face, but the heroine and other characters in this story, were also given the star treatment. For some reason, I have a better time visualizing my male characters for this series, but even though Xavier is the star in my recent release, his heroine Becca also spoke to me. Becca came quite suddenly to me.
I saw her as Mila Kunis. I also saw Devdan, Becca’s ex-boyfriend as Jason Behr, but with red hair. Becca’s friend Gabby isn’t based on an actress or a singer, but on a friend.
Now when I read other books, I sometimes visualize characters as my favorite celebrities. I just started reading Kresley Cole’s Lothaire, and I see Lothaire as Alexander Skarsgard. This is probably because I’m a big fan of True Blood.
I’m also reading Fifty Shades of Grey, the first book in the Grey series by EL James, and I see Jason Momoa as Christian, the hero. Again, it’s most likely due to my bad obsession I have with Jason *glares are Fiction Vixen for being one of the few who helped me become obsessed with this man*
But then in some instances, I don’t always visualize celebrities as some of the characters in series I’m a big fan of. Roarke and Eve from JD Robb’s In Death series stand on their own without any visual help from me. The same goes for JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Ward’s heroes and heroines all have their own unique features without me having to put a noticeable face to their names. When I read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, Edward, Bella and Jacob came across to me as “new” people, where I didn’t visualize them as famous people. Even when this series became a big movie phenomenon, I couldn’t see Robert Pattison as Edward (Maybe that’s because I’m not a big fan of Rpatz as Edward?). I’m interested in seeing Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games on the big screen in March because of the actors playing the colorful characters I’ve already read about. Will they be able to stand up to the version of these characters that have already been given created visually in my head?
Are you the type to visualize a specific celebrity or someone in your life who takes over the role of a literary character while you read? Do movies based on books influence you if you see the movie first and then read the book?
KT would like to giveaway an ebook copy of her latest release, Xavier’s Loving Arms to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment answering KT’s question above. Open to all until Jan15. Good luck!