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I enjoy creating a fantasy lineup of actors who would potentially fit the roles of the characters in my novels. I don’t create characters who are influenced by real people, though subconsciously, all the traits about people that I have discovered throughout my time in this world certainly influence the creative process. The one exception to this is a character featured below.
Readers who are familiar with my work know that I write in a variety of genres because I enjoy exploring what I can create in a contextual sense; could I write an awesome book that included dinosaurs? I thought about dinosaurs as monsters, and I wanted a protagonist who represented many of the superhero concepts; I wanted a character who might represent the culture that created her. Superheroes are a reflection of the time period in which they are created, and as our society changes, so do our characters. Without turning this blog post into an extensive essay about the values that superheroes represent, I will introduce our heroine and briefly discuss why I specifically chose her.
Escape from Dinosauria marks my first attempt to co-write a novel. I assume Max Booth III and I will have a chance to talk about our process and all of the arguments that we had, which included using some creative methods to storyboard action sequences and a penchant for sending each other messages over Facebook before sunrise.
This is probably obvious. But what came first: the character, or the book? I enjoy writing about complicated, haunted characters, and most of my protagonists are females. I thought it would be a different direction for me to encapsulate sort of an “Americana” attitude in a protagonist who is up against a whole bunch of dinosaurs. From the start, Escape From Dinosauria was going to be a fun action novel. When there were pictures circulating the internet featuring Ronda dressed up as Miss Marvel, I thought: here is Wonder Woman without the black hair. When I saw those images, I instantly believed that I had found my girl. Ronda is sort of a female Brett Favre mixed with Stone Cold Steve Austin; she would wear Wrangler jeans while hunting wild game and drinking cheap beer.
To me, James Franco has a charming personality, and I love seeing him on camera. There is something “lovable” about most of his characters that make him seem like a dependable, boy-next-door do-gooder, and he would be able to capture the attitude that is a stark contrast to Jamie Rock. As her boyfriend, Jordan Vance is a very accomplished journalist who has to somehow convince her that he wants to be involved with her for the long haul.
A lot of American audiences won’t know who this actor is, and I didn’t know his name until I tracked down the character from the film Hara-Kirri: Death of a Samurai. This actor absolutely nailed his performance. Ebizo Ichikawa captured a deep, resounding sadness that is the hallmark of the disenfranchised samurai wannabe, Kenshin. Kenshin’s loyalty to a dying dream and corrupt friend have doomed him, and cause a lot of grief for Jamie and Doctor Israel.
“Izzy” is a young genius with a penchant for quick jokes and fast women. With money and power thrown at his feet, Izzy had no idea what he was in for until all his projects suddenly become aggressive and the island became a tropical graveyard. Donald Glover, known for his quick wit and one-liners from the show Community, would be able to portray the hidden brilliance in a young man whose big smile hides deep pain.
Right… I know Jean Reno isn’t exactly Russian. Attach a beard to his face and his calm, calculating demeanor matches that of the dangerous Kresevich. Besides, we love it when Jean Reno is kicking ass, and it would be great to see him in the role of an idealistic villain. From Kresevich’s side of the fence, he has been empowered to help usher in a new age for the human race… and give the Earth the population it deserves.
Even if we threw ten gajillion dollars at her feet, named her the Queen of All Pop Culture and made her Acting President of the Universe Until Noomi Rapace Takes Her Rightful Place on the Throne, there is no way Nikki Minaj would appear in a role like this. Sure, she’s not exactly Japanese to begin with, but Hollywood takes liberties with characters, anyway. Not to mention the fact that she is going to transform into a nasty, ugly dinosaur. Would she provide the voice over? Probably not. Nikki could appear as Izanami until the transformation, but even then… Nikki would want top billing. But since this is all fantasy… Nikki could easily pull off the role of a woman who is bitter because she deserves a far better destiny than acting as a billionaire’s trophy wife.
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When cage fighting champion, Jamie Rock, visits the infamous Dinosauria Resorts with her boyfriend, she's expecting an annoying weekend filled with autographs and raptor rides. What she doesn't expect, however, is for a group of terrorists to attack as soon as she lands on the island. Apparently not everybody is too happy with the way Dinosauria is being managed, and some will do whatever it takes to destroy it from the inside out. And Jamie's reluctantly stuck in the middle of it all, kicking as much dino-ass as she can. She doesn't want to be a hero. She just wants a cold beer. Unfortunately, she'll have to go through an entire army of genetically mutated dinosaurs to get one.