As a writer, I see the scenes play out in my head like a movie. I have a very good idea of what the characters look like, how they move, what their mannerisms are. The places and settings are all there in my head. The book becomes a real place with living, breathing characters as I write.
Readers create the very same thing when they read. Except their vision of the book – of the characters, the settings – may be quite different from what the author envisioned. And that’s just as it should be. I find it wildly exciting to learn how my characters come to life in my readers’ minds.
Recently, I’ve received some very exciting tweets from readers in which they’ve shared photographs that either made them think of my contemporary romance, Hearts in Darkness, or that depicted their vision of the character. And, while none were exactly my vision, seeing the story as readers saw it was pretty damn exciting. So I thought I’d share these awesome photographs with you:
This image I received just yesterday. For the reader who sent it, it was not only the tattoos but the man’s pensiveness that were pure Caden Grayson for her.
So, are you a visual reader? Do you visualize stories as you read them? Do certain actors come to mind to stand in for the hero’s traits? How do you feel when a favorite book is made into a movie (yay!) and the actors don’t quite fit your vision (boo!)?
Thanks for reading!
Laura Kaye is a multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance with five books releasing in 2011.