Today’s Topic is Fan (or author) Art and Character Inspirations. I’m talking about how the casting directors find their perfect actor for the part. There’s so much fan art out there depicting characters how we interpret them from the page and they can be as different as night and day. Authors also may release drawings of how they see their characters or release a cast of dream actors for the book made movie.
These are everywhere! Here’s some from The Lunar Chronicles:
Up top from left to right there’s Cinder, Scarlet and Cress. Then on the bottom left to right is Prince Kai, Wolf, and Carswell. These are some of the more popular images. My question is, do you ever look at fan art or any of this kind of thing? Does it ruin your image of the character if you imagined them a different way?
Personally, I don’t really ever look at fan art or author inspirations. I have a certain picture in my head and seeing these just screws me up. They just feel… wrong to me. I have no idea why…
Here’s one from the book Legend of Tess that the author, Marie Lu, actually drew herself:
Seeing this, it’s nothing like I pictured Tess. Does seeing these mess you up too or does it actually make the characters clearer?
The thing is, generally, I really like the model on the cover of the book in the sense that they portray the character really well. I usually picture the main character (or whatever character is pictured) as the model on the cover. For example, in The Selection, I picture this model as America because in my mind, she fits her perfectly!
Or in the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series’. I picture the characters how they appear on the cover!
Do you picture characters as the front cover models/art, make your own image, or picture them like the fan art?