Readers! One of the fun bits of reading is visualising the characters in your own mind. Some people don’t like too much description or loathe photos on the covers because their “own” picture is much better. I tend to agree. Do you ever, though, picture a character and think “Ooo it’s that bloke off that series on TV”?
I’m an author and I have just made a terrible discovery. While I freely admit that I take unpleasant people from my own life and wreak revenge on them in my stories (such as the frightful Medical Officer in Cancel Christmas who was based on a woman I met) … my hero and heroine have been exposed as having rather a lot of similarities with TV characters.
This was done without my knowledge or consent. I must be so influenced that I didn’t even notice what I was doing. However, given that I wanted my two lovers to be complete opposites, chalk and cheese, I think I did rather well.
This is not to say that Alchemy and Shaman’s Drum are fan-fic (done that, it was enormous fun) but I wonder.. anyone can guess where they came from?
Clue – both Iamo and Riga resemble lead characters (not the actors) in two different TV series.