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  •  I read Tales of the City (4+ / 0-)
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    when it first appeared in the SF Chronicle as a serial. I met Armistead on a couple of occasions and am the proud owner of autographed copies of the books. I absolutely refused to watch any of the TV productions. All of those characters had vivid images and personalities in my head and I wasn't about to let anybody, even Olympis Dukakis mess with them. Otherwise I think she's great.  

    •  Those of us in Flyover America at the time... (5+ / 0-)
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      ...had to make do with what we could get.

    •  A number of books have had that effect on me. (0+ / 0-)
      All of those characters had vivid images and personalities in my head and I wasn't about to let anybody, even Olympis Dukakis mess with them.
      Casting actors as characters in movies made from beloved books must be a very challenging job.

      Sometimes one is pleasantly surprised.  I was sure Colleen Dewhurst was an obviously wrong choice to play Marilla Cuthbert in the Megan Follows version of Anne of Green Gables and had intended to avoid the whole production.  But I was at a friend's house who was determined to watch it, and within five minutes I went from thinking, "This will never work -- Marilla is dry & spare and Colleen is warm & lusty" to "Colleen IS Marilla -- she totally gets her!"

      My friend thought it was funny: "This is Colleen Dewhurst we're talking about -- how could you think she wouldn't be able to do it?"

      Anyway, I haven't read the books, but I sympathize with your POV.  One bad casting choice can ruin a translation.

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