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 was the first I received from a reader. I was giddy for days. It's so dang spot on! It's like I had this picture in front of me when I was writing, that's how well it captures Caden and Makenna. Total love!
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.
And this bottom one, well, it represents all the heat that builds between Caden and Makenna while they're trapped in that elevator. Phew!
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!
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Laura Kaye is a multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance with five books releasing in 2011.