I’ve always held the belief that it’s better to read a book before seeing a movie based on the book. While some make this same recommendation due to the storyline potentially changing, thus bemoaning the loss of key subplots, I hold to this belief for an entirely different reason: the image of the characters.
If I watch a film before reading the book it was based on, when I do finally read the book, it’s the actors I visualize, regardless of how accurate they are to the author’s descriptions. But, if I read the book first, the image I create in my mind takes root and isn’t easily swayed.
While writers can be as descriptive, or as non-descriptive as they want, the one thing they all do is allow the reader to create their own idea of how each character looks. The beauty of this is that as the reader experiences changes in their own life, their imagined character images may change as well. Written characters evolve with the reader, and that’s a beautiful thing.
I’ve often received complaints about how the characters from Catherine’s War need more description. While I agree it’s important to paint some sort of image, I prefer to have the reader chose the finer details of the portraits they create in their minds. I mean, who hasn’t put their own face on the heroes in a book from time to time? I believe this is more easily done when the character descriptions aren’t so defined zovirax 800 mg. I love that my characters don’t have every aspect of their features described in my book. It’s so much more rewarding to know that the reader is filling in the blank spaces with their own creative paintbrush.
For example, when a few of my closer friends finished Catherine’s War, it was amazing to see the images they emailed to me about actors that reminded them of the lead male character, Henry. They were all different, but each of my friends were confident in their own choices. They each had filled in the unclear aspects of the character with their own paintbrushes, and I am hopeful this made the experience of reading Catherine’s War all that more enjoyable. Their choices compared to my own made it interesting to see the similarities and the differences.
However, Catherine McKinney is one character whose canvas I want to keep in the readers’ hands for as long as possible. I love the character, and I think that Catherine, with all her imperfections, is something many readers can relate to. Rather than showing an image of an actress as the “the perfect” Catherine, I’d rather prefer Catherine held up a mirror to the readers and say, “Find a bit of yourself in me.” The resulting image for Catherine will be much more accurate and beautiful than any picture found on the internet.
So when I think of Catherine, it’s easy to say, “No pictures, please.”