Trying to imagine Kelly as anything else but blonde.... You know, I hadn't really thought about it, but it's true that I certainly was picturing her at that end of the color scale.
I guess it is because we tend to view blondes as air-heads, and brunettes as serious types.
How about if she was a red-head? Now *there's* a middle ground for you.
About other authors visualizing: P.D. James has said that Roy Marsden isn't the sort of image she had in mind when writing Dalgliesh - although she does like him in the dramatizations. I'm with her on that - I like him in the shows, but when I'm reading the books, I'm picturing... well, Timothy Dalton.
Then, of course, there's the story of Joan Hickson and Agatha Christie. Christie saw Hickson in a stage play of Christie's, and said that Hickson was the one to play Miss Marple - 20 years before Hickson eventually did so. Now, *that* casting was perfect.
[This message has been edited by Scribbler (edited 04-08-2000).]