Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Character confusion

I'm listening to Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce. I've read this before, and am familiar with the characters. There's one, Dale, that stands out in my memory. I remember very well how I visualized him before: big, well built, dark hair, somewhat roughish. You can imagine my surprise when I came to the description of him in the book this time and it differed somewhat from my memory.

"A light-haired cove, slender and muscled like an acrobat, appeared in front of us like something from a dream" (64.)

This is definitely not how I remember him! What happened to the tall, dark, and handsome man alive in my memory? I even looked through my copy of the book rather than rely on what my ears told me to check this detail.

Has this ever happened to you? You reread a book, and find that a character's physical appearance is very different from how you've been envisioning him/her? If so, did this change how you view the character? How so?

3 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I hate it when that happens. And it can also happen when you read the book and visualize a character a certain way, and then the movie comes out with a completely different image of the character. I find the movie image always wins and that's how I'll visualize the character after that.

Sarita Rucker said...

The movie image sometimes wins for me, but not always. I do know some people who refuse to watch certain movies because they like how they already visualize books and don't want the movies to mess it up for them.

Sarita Rucker said...

I do seem to be adjusting to Dale being blond and slender, by the way...but it's weird! lol

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