Characters, Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen – The Women

Well, since I did The Men a few weeks past, the women need their turn. Again, none of these lovely ladies are perfect matches for my characters as they are visualized in my mind, but each resonates nicely in some way. So, here are thirteen faces  for some of my women:

1. Miranda Otto for Annie Doran. Definitely Annie's smile.
2. Cate Blanchett would be perfect for Queen Dairine of Snowmount
3. Kiera Knightly would be a perfect Princess Maeve, sister to King Marcan
4. Simmone Mackinnon would be lovely as songstress Talulla Murtaugh
5. Gwyneth Paltrow for Luisea, daughter of Lord Ailill Eremon
6. Uma Thurman for warrior Sabia, sister to Finn macc Liamor
7. Emma Thompson would make a lovely Cliona, wife of Lord Finntan
8. Angelina Jolie for Blathnat, Captain of the Guard for Princess Maeve
9. Liv Tyler would be a luminous Princess Zimka, half-sister of Anriaon and Anraban
10. Catherine Zeta Jones as Cat Lecuyer wondering just who (or what) is John Morris.
11. Olivia de Havilland, perfect for Healer Geileis. 'Yes, yes, dear boy, you are king, but you still must take your medicine.'
12. Thandie Newton might do nicely for sprite Fethnat
Anne Hathaway would be lovely as Inalina, when she meets Prince Meloric Andranneca for the second time

If you use photos for character inspiration, do you try to use photos that capture the mood of the character or their precise features? Does the costume matter?

17 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen – The Women”

  1. I do use photos for character inspiration, but usually, the character comes first, so I find photos that suit the story and the mood. The costume doesn’t matter, usually.

    Matching precisely to the features of the character doesn’t often happen, either. The hair and eye color correspond, but then I make the leap from there, more often than not. It’s interesting how when friends read my work, they can sometimes pinpoint exactly who I’m thinking of when I’ve written it.

    The best part is after they’ve read it, and then look at pics (on the ‘net or wherever) and say something like, “Hey, that’s *exactly* how I pictured [insert character name here]!” after they see the pic I’d been using.

    It happened with “Chiedimi se Sono Felice” and I’m hoping it’ll happen again. 😉

    Happy TT!

  2. Very nice. I usually find the pictures of my characters after the book is written and sometimes it’s difficult to find the right match.
    Mine are usually from Istock.
    Great pictures.

  3. Great post! Love the images and the names of your characters!

    I do this to some extent as well, although I find I blend features and traits.
    As a for instance, the main heroine (Jill) of my upcoming book, Soul of The Sea is an amalgam of Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, and Kate Beckinsale in both their dark coloring and in mannerisms and traits/personality. 🙂

  4. I don’t do the photo thing. I’ve tried a couple of times, but it just doesn’t stick with me.

    I notice you’ve got a lot of mood, or maybe attitude, going in these shots. Maybe that’s they way I should look at it if I try again.

    1. I do try to find pictures with the right mood and attitude. Not just any photo will do. For instance that photo of Miranda Otto above is soo Annie, but another photo of Miranda Otto looks so different, she couldn’t be Annie as I wrote her at all.

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