Do you picture actors in your mind when you read?

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Re: Do you picture actors in your mind when you read?

Post by BayleetheBookworm » 01 Dec 2015, 04:52

Very rarely, only when the book has been made into a show/movie and I know what those actors look like, and when a character is described and it really reminds me of a specific actor. It's really important to me that I imagine what the characters look like myself, so I always read the book before watching the movie/show and I try to avoid everything to do with movie/show book adaption trailers, posters, etc. The more popular ones are harder to avoid like Game of Thrones and The Fault in Our Stars (is it just where I live or were the posters everywhere for other people?)

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Post by bookowlie » 01 Dec 2015, 08:50

H0LD0Nthere wrote:AARG! NO! I make my own mental pictures of the characters, and I find it really annoying when I watch a movie based on the book and the actor or actress messes with my already-created mental picture.
You took the words right out of my mouth. :) When I saw the movie Gone Girl, all of the actors/actresses were not anything like my own pictures in my head of the book's characters. I didn't care for the movie for many reasons and this aspect just added to my disappointment.
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Post by 1ChiGeek » 01 Dec 2015, 16:05

I do this all the time. I usually have a hard time getting into the movie version of the character when they don't match the one in my head.

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Post by bookjunky » 01 Dec 2015, 21:11

Yes, sometimes I do. Especially if I don't like the way the character's looks are described in the book. My minds eye will reveal to me how I picture them to be, or I substitute a hot actor, Pierce Brosnan comes to mind.

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Post by CrescentMoon » 02 Dec 2015, 01:13

The only time I really pictured actors is when i read Harry Potter. I saw the movie and thought the actors looked perfect for their roles so I ended up replacing the pictures in my head with the actors whenever I re-read the books. Otherwise, I try not to.

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Post by B3cca 3ll3r » 02 Dec 2015, 01:18

Usually I only picture the actors if I see the movie or show first. If I read the book first then I make them up in my head. The one major acception is Paul Newman. If an author doesn't give me as much description as I'd like or if the description involves a chiseled jaw and blue eyes I just plug Paul in there and he works great!
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Post by Sheila+Brackeen » 08 Dec 2015, 13:34

Many times I picture the characters in the book I am reading. That is what makes a great book to read if it fiction or even non-fiction because you can lose yourself while reading the book. I tend to tune out the noise around me. I love to have something to read while waiting for the doctor, in a restaurant, etc. Makes the time go by faster.

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Post by Ama Idim » 03 Aug 2017, 11:44

Of course, I picture actors when reading, but I mostly take the lead but then, this also depends on certain things because I can't play all the roles well.

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Post by IanYanny » 19 Sep 2017, 06:51

dhomespot wrote:I try to picture the character by how the author describes them. I do not always agree with who they choose to play parts in the movies that are based on books. This is because, they never look like what I pictured.
Yes, It kinda throws me off. Like, c'mon! They are described perfectly, is it hard to find someone who at least looks a bit like the character?

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Post by vaz222 » 21 Nov 2017, 01:04

I only picture average people. If they are fictional characters then I picture someone new in my head based on the description form the author. Although picturing actors sounds like a lot of fun. Something I should try next book maybe?

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Post by Mailis » 14 Feb 2018, 15:55

Only if I've managed to see a movie or TV-series based on the book first (had a hard time with Vampire Diaries because of that).

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