Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Covers and Things

"Two souls and one thought, two hearts and one pulse."

Yesterday I shared 9 “movies about love” that our local paper featured, but I forgot to mention which I’d seen and enjoyed. So here you go:

“Beaches” Saw it and wept. Wouldn’t watch it again.
“Citizen Kane”
“Driving Miss Daisy”
“Field of Dreams” Have seen it multiple times. Definitely a ++ recommendation for anyone who hasn’t seen it (that means you, Judy!)
“Harold and Maude”
“Lost in Translation” Keep meaning to rent this one…
“Mary Poppins” Of course! I knew all the words to all the songs, as a child.
“Pay It Forward” A good one, not a big box office draw but really touching. Sad ending, though,
“Rain Man” Another “of course!” Loved both Cruise and Hoffman in this one.


Yesterday I saw the “first attempt” of my cover for Paradise, USA (my editor’s wording, not mine). So I’m not really sure if that means I get input on it, or not. But let me tell you, it was so weird to see someone else’s conception of what my main characters look like!

Ash is perfect, just the way I imagined her. But Eddie? My dashing, drop dead gorgeous, sexy, to-die-for hero? So different than the guy who’s been inside my head for the last 5 years. Taller, and thinner, and with much longer hair. Long hair! Where did that come from? He’s got a great six-pack, though, and he’s looking at Ash with one hell of a smoldering gaze, so I can’t complain too much.

I did email my editor back with a couple of thoughts, but we’ll see if anything changes. From what I’ve heard, authors don’t get too much say on their novels’ artwork. I don’t really mind; it has the title and my name on the front: a first-time novelist’s dream come true. What more do I need?

Incidentally, do you let the cover art of a book influence your visualization of the characters, once you start reading? If there’s already a picture of the H/H done for you, do you stick to that artist’s conception? Or do you form your own instead?


Marianne Arkins said...

Can't wait to see your cover!

And, yes, the artist's rending can influence me, as can movies (for instance, I can't picture anyone but Heather Locklear as Reece in Angels Fall now, and that ticks me off cuz Nora wrote her as a brunette!). I prefer covers with NO characters on the front ala Jenny Crusie and the more recent Nora books.

Judy said...

I'm with M. on both counts.... it's so exciting about your first cover (and I will make sure and have it centered on my blog!)

I tend not to look at the pictures on the cover very much, so I dream up someone pretty much based on what I read. Of course, if they've made a movie about it and I've actually SEEN the character, I visualize them that way more often than not. Now... something I do when I read which I think is really weird (I've never heard of anyone else doing it)... I cast the blasted thing.... like I'm doing a movie. Almost all of the books I read are populated with actors.... y'know, all these studios could save money on casting people and just ask me!