The birth of a new character – whose vision is it?

I wonder, sometimes, when watching “The Princess Bride” or “Sharkboy and Lavagirl” or “The Neverending Story” – any film that is a narrative of a book – whose vision of the characters are we seeing?  Yes, the director and casting director have made their choices, but are they representative of how the storyteller envisions the characters?  How the child listening sees them in his/her mind?  Or are they seen as their original writer intended?  I know I’m overthinking it, but still, it’s all about interpretation.  When a book is made into a movie, sometimes the fans are disappointed by that interpretation.  I like to think of a film that is based on a book, as an advertisement for that book – it’s a single person’s look at the story, and another filmmaker might do something different that could suck or be completely wonderful.  I write short plays for my students, usually to make sure everyone has a part, and I teach them how to write plays.  But I would love to try a screenplay, just once.  And the book I would do it for, is Robin McKinley’s “The Blue Sword” – the first full novel I ever read, when I was 8 or 9, and one that is empowering, has a strong female lead, takes place in an exotic yet familiar locale, could be filmed entirely in Canada, and would be a fantastic movie.  But that’s on a remote back-burner, probably for a long time.  I just dream about it.  And for now, concentrate on the stories that want to come to life, from my own imagination.

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