Dream Casting my Characters
Every writer has dream cast in their head when they’re writing a book – at least every writer I’ve even spoken to. Whilst none of us actually believe that the actors we choose to play the roles of our characters in our imaginations will ever play them on stage or screen, it’s a helpful tool for plotting out a scene or a character’s personality.
In my debut novel, What Planet Can I Blame This On?, my main characters are mostly aged between 28-32 – but I was 25 when I wrote this story, so the actors I cast in the role are around that age as well. I don’t know if that was intentional, or purely because these were the actors careers I was watching the most closely.
The only role I haven’t cast is Paige, who is a half-Korean, half-English bad-ass who favours her Korean side. I don’t know any Korean actresses, I’m ashamed to say, and honestly I was picturing a young Sandra Oh when I was imagining her. She would need a kick-arse woman to play her though, some with BDE (Big Dick Energy) and no tact whatsoever.
The ‘cast’ of What Planet Can I Blame This On?
Krystal: Synnøve Karlsen (Clique, The Medici)
Tina: Emma Corrin (The Crown)
Ryan: Paul Mescal (Normal People)
David: Tom Felton (Harry Potter)
Connor: Luke Thompson (Bridgerton)
Aoife McQueen: Janet McTeer (The White Queen)
Clare: Katherine Parkinson (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society)
Krystal’s Mum: Amanda Abbington (Sherlock)
Grandad Harold: Richard Wilson (Merlin)
And that’s my dream cast. Of course, as I said, the likelihood of any of these actors being cast in any form of adaptation of my book is slim to none. But I love good dream as much as the next person. And casting my characters is part of the fun of being a writer.
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And don’t forget to let me know who you would cast in the roles once you’ve finished reading. I would love to hear your opinions. Happy reading.