I recently read this article on Jezebel – ‘Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed.’ The general idea of the article is that some people have became a bit uptight over the skin color of certain characters in the movie Hunger Games. Reason = they had a preconceived idea of what that character should look after reading the book.
For example, some people didn’t understand why black actors played these role or Rue based on her description in the book – eg. page 45 of Suzanne Collins’s book Hunger Games:
…And most hauntingly, a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that’s she’s very like Prim in size and demeanor…
The movie sticks pretty close to the book, and I’m guessing the directors of the movie did so with consultation to the awesome Suzanne Collins. So, I’m not even going to touch the topic of racism – that’s not my intention here. What I found interesting, was just how different the audience perceived the characters in a book. And it got me thinking. As a writer, I develop a certain perception of my characters because I’m close to them, maybe too close. However when other people read my stories, I’m always amazed to the learn the how they perceive my characters.
Let’s take Game of Thrones. My perception of John Snow in the book was that he had light-colored hair – more of a Scandinavian look – it could just be me associating his look with his name ‘Snow’, and maybe because I don’t remember what his actual description in the book was. But the point is that I had created my own perception of him in my mind, so when I watched the movie, I was like ‘that’s not what I pictured him to be look like.’ Plus, he came across much more timid in the movie, than the book.
Do you remember any characters from books who didn’t stand up to your expectations when they hit the big screen?
Now onto something completely different – Dinosaur Tea Party. Yep, you heard it right. This Sunday I’m holding one of these ourlandish tea parties, theme – dinosaurs. It is in honor of my niece who turns 18 in a few weeks and she loves all things dinosaurs, but because I’ll be out of the country during her actual birthday, I’ve decided to hold something special for her. What are aunties for, hey?
I’ve got a bunch of dinosaur figures for decorating the table, baking a lavish table of cakes, sweeties and even a delicious cheese dip cob. I’m also creating name tags for all the guests, and my hubby was creative enough to give everyone a dinosaur name. Mine will be Tanius. Hubby’s will be Normolophus. My niece’s will be Sameratops. Hmm mine seems pretty bland compared to these.. might have to come up with a new secret one for myself. Any suggestions?
Lastly, I’m heading off on a three week vacation from next week Wednesday. Hubby and I are visiting the great land of US, starting our trip in Boston where we’ll be attending the PAX fair, and I’ll be doing a day visit to Salem. Then we’re off to New York and we’re seeing a cool broadway show – Spiderman. I sure hope it’s cool. Hubby picked it by the way. Next stop is Orlando – yep we’re doing the tourist thing – Disney, Universal (Woohoo going to Harry Potter world – I know, I’m such a kid), Kennedy Space Station and Sea World.
So the countdown is in place.
What’s everyone else up to for the month of April?