Casting Call?

So one of the more interesting subsets of fan mail I receive focuses on casting Daria Gibron in a movie or TV show.

Casting for Daria? Note: Summer Glau helps illustrate my point here, but she was never in my mind when I wrote the book. But then again...

Casting for Daria? Note: Summer Glau helps illustrate my point here, but she was never in my mind when I wrote the book. But then again…

I won’t lie to you: I think about it all the time. In fact, in the mystery writing class I occasionally write, I highly recommend it. “Casting” a major character, as you write the early drafts, can be a very useful trick for finding the right voice. The pitch and tone of your dialog can be greatly enhanced if you “hear” someone — and why not an actor or actress — reciting your lines. Even if it’s in your head.

CRASHERS and BREAKING POINT were ensemble books: More than 15 major characters in each, and each had to have his or her own individual voice. The goal is to be able to remove all of the “he said” and “she said” bramble from a scene, and make sure that the reader still could figure out who’s talking.

So casting, and mentally “hearing” your words, is a great schtick.

But once your book is out, like ICE COLD KILL, then it’s simply a fun mind game. Who do I see as the major protagonists and antagonists? You might be surprised. Then again, you might not.

Readers: Who would you like to see play the roles of Daria, John Broom,  Belhadj, or others, should Hollywood ever come a’callin’?

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on April 21, 2013, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Archie Panjabi seems like the logical choice for Daria. (If you’re familiar with “The Good Wife”, Archie plays the tough as nails detective Kalinda.) She’d be perfect!

  2. The actress from NVIDIA, but it might be to close to her current roll

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