Deb Sarah on Daydreaming About Walking the Red Carpet

OK, I confess: I’ve daydreamed about walking the red carpet for a movie premier of a film based on a novel of mine. And yes, I’d wear something fabulous and sparkly and get a babysitter for the kids! Will it happen? Probably not. But it’s still fun to think about. In the movie version of The Violets of March (remember, we’re daydreaming here), my vote for Emily? Rachel McAdams.

For Jack, Bradley Cooper (but he’d have to dye his hair darker and wear brown contact lenses—think he could pull that off?):

They’d make a pretty great couple, no?

These writers have walked the red carpet in past years: Jennifer Weiner, Jodi Picoult, Emily Gifin and Claire Cook.

Writers, do you sometimes dream about seeing your story hit the big screen? Readers, do you get excited about a favorite book hitting the theaters, or do you worry you won’t love it as much, or that it will skew your image of the characters?

xo, Sarah

9 thoughts on “Deb Sarah on Daydreaming About Walking the Red Carpet

  1. All of the above! I worry about One For the Money and how Steph Plum will come to life after so many years on paper. I didn’t see the last Harry Potter movie which still shocks me, as I’m a huge Potter fan. I ran to the theatre to see number 5. I read Water for Elephants but have no desire to see the beauty in my head come to life with Reese Witherspoon. I loved the Ramona and Beezus TV show from the 90s (Jan Brady was the Mom!) I hadn’t read the books. I guess I’m just all over the map! Coffee beeped. Pardon me!

  2. More the small screen for me. Not that I’d mind seeing IN A FIX on the big screen, but I think it would translate better to a TV series. And I can always dream about the Emmies. 🙂

  3. I think I’m not very visual – I’m terrible at getting really clear visual images of characters in books, and even less talented at matching an actor to them. The first time someone asked me about actors for The Weird Sisters, I was totally stumped! I like your choices.

  4. I like your casting choices!

    I’m with Kim — I go back and forth on whether or not I’m excited to see a favorite book on the screen, but I think that’s mainly because I don’t see a ton of movies. I only go see the ones I could possible see with my daughter, and of those, only the ones that appeal to her, which are few and far between. I get lots of screeners, but can never seem to find the time to sit and watch them at home when there are so many amazing books in my TBR pile!

  5. Um, Emily Giffin may have stumbled on her Red carpet. In that movie mess, they seem to have been going for “names” rather than true-to-the book characters.

  6. I love your casting choices. I’m not a huge fan of the book to movie. That is only because I love books. If Violets were made into a movie, I’d see it but it would probably have to be when it came out on DVD. I’m sure you know how that goes.

  7. I honestly am never sure about books to film. I’m very worried about what is going to happen to The Help, every time I see a preview it comes across as a comedy and that is not what I thought about while reading the book at all, so who knows.
    I will be hoping you get your red carpet moment though, or just come see me in FL and we’ll roll one out for you ok!?

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