I'm really pleased today to host the final stop in the Darkness Falls blog tour! Mia James is here today talking about her favourite vampires - and who to cast as Gabriel or Benjamin?
Who is your favourite vampire? And who do you picture Gabriel or Benjamin as?! To find out more about the books, please visit www.ravenwoodmysteries.com
Over to you Mia...
Hmm...Brad Pitt? Tom Cruise?
Which to choose?
One of the most useful exercises a writer can do when you're beginning a novel is ask yourself 'who would play this character in a movie version of the story?' - that way you can get a first picture of them in your head.
When I was writing By Midnight, I pictured April as played by Romola Garai when she was in 'I Capture the Castle' and April's best friend Caro as Heather Matarazzo who played Lily, the side-kick in 'The Princess Diaries'. That was just the starting point of course and as the story developed April and Caro took on a life of their own, especially in the second Ravenwood book Darkness Falls where their friendship is stretched to breaking point.
But when it came to the male leads - brooding, mysterious Gabriel and blue-eyed smooth-talking Benjamin - it was harder to pin them down. Here are a few of the movie vampires I auditioned for their parts:
Brad Pitt. As Louis in Interview With The Vampire, Brad should have been the perfect vampire, but the silly hair and the weird squeaky voice were a bit of a turn-off.
Similarly, Tom Cruise is a bit too fey, possibly because of all the lace. Antonio Banderas is by far the sexiest vamp in this film.
Stephen Dorff. He's super-cool in the first Blade film, even covered in blood. And he takes his top off a lot.
Kiefer Sutherland. Way before becoming Jack Bauer in 24, Keef was blonde and seductive in The Lost Boys, where the vampires all lived in a 'party cave' and rode motorbikes. Wasn't keen on his scratchy little beard, though.
David Boreanaz. As Angel, he was suitably dark and brooding, looks good in a long overcoat and has a deeply troubled past, but in Buffy, Spike ended up being more interesting - the bad boys are more sexy, aren't they?
Sadly none of them were quite Gabriel or Benjamin. But then that's where books trump Hollywood every time, isn't it? - you can use your imagination to cast the story however you like.