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    I've been reading through all of the casting ideas threads, and thinking about a Darkfever movie and ... am I the only one not really excited?

    Part of it, I think, is that as a reader I feel sort of protective of the story and the characters. There have been SO many good books whose movies were just ... not good. You just know Hollywood's going to mess it up. They're going to cut out some character they don't feel is important enough, or take out a scene that isn't exciting enough for the movie. Just look at the Harry Potter movies. I liked them, certainly, but I've always felt like they were sort of a different version, a re-telling if you will, of the books. Not the same story at all. All of those little minor storylines and subplots and background characters and character backstories are part of what make a story rich and enjoyable. Maybe it's the literary nerd in me, but I've always seen movies as the death of that!

    The other thing for me is that, while I can only speak for myself here, I don't think there are actors out there (that would be cast, anyway) who can play these roles the way they are in my mind. I have in my head very specific pictures of what each character looks like. The JZB in my head is sort of an amalgamation of about six different actors. And he sort of changes in appearance depending on the scene. That's the magic of reading. Characters can do that. There is absolutely *no* way that I'm not going to be disappointed at best and pissed off at worst about the cast for this movie.

    What about the rest of you ladies? Anyone else not remotely excited about seeing Darkfever on the silver screen? Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jilleb163 View Post

    The other thing for me is that, while I can only speak for myself here, I don't think there are actors out there (that would be cast, anyway) who can play these roles the way they are in my mind. I have in my head very specific pictures of what each character looks like. The JZB in my head is sort of an amalgamation of about six different actors. And he sort of changes in appearance depending on the scene. That's the magic of reading. Characters can do that.
    What about the rest of you ladies? Anyone else not remotely excited about seeing Darkfever on the silver screen? Any thoughts?

    I agree with you on the characters. I think everyone has their own idea of what these characters look like and how they act.

    I'm not overly excited about a movie idea, but the idea is good. The books could make a good movie if they had the right people making it and acting in it. It would be interesting also to see what another see in the book.
    I actually think that it would be more interesting if Karen was involved in the making, that way they could stay as true to the story as possible, still the problem there is Karen may have a different picture of what the characters look like than what readers have imagined themselves, with that though Karen created these characters....so I guess would we be wrong if we thought differently about who she would choose?
    Wow it's too early in the morning. LOL

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    i totally agree with you on the movie...in two hours Mac's

    story can not be told. yet if they made it into a series on tv,

    them maybe they will have the time to make it just like the

    book! i really would love to see these charaters come to life!
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    I don't know about that, they say we make God in our own image, and I guess as readers it's the same. I see mackayla as me and no one else can be her, but then I have red hair that's now sunny blonde, beautiful eyes, curles and could be the young KMM. LOL I should Upload a pic and show you, I could be her doopleganer, only younger, like I'm a young college girl younger.

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    I feel a lot of the same things you described. It's especially difficult when the actors they cast are WAY different than what I pictured. Between the movie visuals not matching my mind's visuals, and the loss and/or changes of scenes, seeing a movie version of a favorite book is always bittersweet. It's nice to actually have a chance to see it all come alive, but if it isn't done the way I imagined it should have been, it can be such a disappointment. And then it can sometimes be difficult to get the movie visuals out of my head when I read the book again myself. :( I hate that now when I read Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles I can't get Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise out of my visuals. Although on that note I feel I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with how well they actually did that movie. Not as good as the book of course, but not a bad job overall. And I was SO disgusted when I first heard they were going to cast Tom Cruise. Ugh! He was SO not what I wanted for that role, but he did do the part justice.


    They may be able to make a good movie that I may enjoy immensely, but it won't be the same as the book. I'll have to consider them as two separate works in my mind and not try to link them together too much if I want to keep the disappointment at bay. I can't tell you how much I wish I could take the visuals from my own mind and record them onto a DVD so I have a movie version that fits EXACTLY what I imagined when I read the books. Now THAT would be perfect!

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    I have to agree with everyone. Every book I have read and "Hollywood" tries to make it into a move, SUCKED!!! Harry Potter for one. Eragon is another really good set of books that the movie was nothing, and I mean NOTHING like the book. I haven't read the Twilight series yet (Nursing School comes first) but I am dying to and would love to see the movie, just afraid the movie, once again will let me down.
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    A good example of what I was saying earlier about the movie being EXCELLENT but still just not the same as the book: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. I didn't see this movie for a very long time because I just knew they were going to "ruin" it. Yet when I finally saw it, I loved it! It's not the same feel for me as when I read the book, but they still did an excellent job and I can really enjoy the movie in its own right so long as I don't sit there and compare the movie to the book the whole time I'm watching it.


    One major thing that seems to help: Go as long as possible between reading the book and seeing the movie! The fresher the book is in my mind, the more critical I will be when viewing the movie.



    All this being said, I'm always excited when I hear a favorite book is being considered for movie format because it seems like such a great compliment to the author. "Hey, your book ROCKS and we love it so much we want to make it into a movie!" It seems like an honor to have a book made into a movie. (...Even if they can't get it right! Haha.)
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    Movie.. I for one.. want a movie.. I never feel angry of betrayed when a film adaptation comes out.. The 1st being Harry Potter.. I admit that I was not all that impressed with the OoTP film but over all.. I liked it just as much as the others. All the actors fit right for me. The problem is you cannot fit everything that is in a book in a movie.. So should we stop making movies.. No.. KMM is a clever an clear writer. I have faith that she would not let a studio or any other entity walk over her creation. That being said I believe that it is incredibly important for writers of contemporary fiction.. that meaning fiction written within the last 10 years, if someone approaches them with a film deal they need to think with their head and not their wallet. I have complete Faith in KMM that she will not only be true to herself but to us her loyal fans. A good film whether is captures every aspect of the book or not would not only garner more readers, it would further legitimize a genre of writing often considered flowery written porn for bored house wives.

    I love the books.. I love this forum family.. I think that if the fans are as vocal and vociferous as those of Stephanie Meyer a good film can come of this.

    Twilight looks very promising and fairly accurate. I hope for the best!
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    I feel the same way too I feel that when it is made into a movie that we lose to essence of the real characters and plot. Take JB for example I picture him as 6 ft or more dark, and intense yet other times to me he is the same just a little less intense. I do hope that if they make a movie that anyone who goes to see it will have fun but I will not be joining the masses to see it. I hope that they don't use well known actors but we'll see what time will bring. As for me I don't want to get my hopes up to be let down by Hollywood. I refuse to let them take away my images of what JB looks like and all that.



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    I wouln't mind if the books were put on the screen as long as they cast actors to match the charactors in the books......too many times they change them too much.....like the heroine should be tall slender with long thick hair and they cast a medium height blonde with more than slender body....just ruins it for me...plus, I am always the heroine in the books I read....or lets say I wish I was the heroine...lol....but if they were to put any of the books on screen, they need to be on HBO or Showtime as a series....they is no way a 2-3 hour movie can even come close to the storyline and what about all of the sexy scenes....if you put them on screen they pretty much need to give it an X rating, where as HBO and Showtime pretty much let all happen....Watched ROME on HBO and they didn't cut anything out....loved that series....lol.....anyone agree??????::

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