Thank you both for your kind remarks. I was a bit hesitant about second guessing King's work but thought honesty might be the best policy. 'It' will probably always rank among the best in my heart for King's classic horror. That could be because my parents considered it 'taboo reading material' or it could be that 'It' was just that good. I didn't hold 'Under the Dome' up to that standard since 'It' was more classic horror as oppossed to 'Under the Dome' which was more a sci-fi based novel. Aside from the 'problem areas' I noted before I did find it interesting. I found myself thinking of my town govenment and what they might do (or try to get away with) in this situation. While I didn't find it factual (as stated before I thought it would take much longer for individual human nature to kick in) I did find it thought provoking.
After reading 'Under the Dome' I did a Google search. As you may or may not be aware Google and I are joined at the hip (we have our problems but try to stay on friendly terms). Google and I know each other so well He can finish my sentences. I did a Google search for 'Under the Dome' and found out HBO is planning to make this book into a mini-series event. I started thinking of the cast as I saw them. Before I go through them (keeping in mind that my imagination didn't have budgetary constraints, egos or conflicts) I saw them, for the most part, as King described them. Here's my 'Under the Dome' cast as I saw them.....
Dale "Barbie" Barbara: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington
James "Big Jim" Rennie: John Goodman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Paul Sorvino, James Gandolfini
Julia Shumway: Janeane Garofalo, Julianne Moore, Tina Fey
Junior Rennie: Shane West, Shia LaBeouf
Eric "Rusty" Everett: Hugh Laurie (Couldn't help it. I Imagimed him that way before the 'House' comment... from a production standpoint it could be pretty humorous).
Andy Sanders: William H. Macy, Kevin Spacey
Joe McClatchey: Liam Aiken
Norrie Calvert: AnnaSophia Robb, Abigail Breslin, Saoirse Ronan, Chloe Moretz
Benny Drake: Spencer Breslin, Brent R. (My neighbor..... couldn't help it. He seemed to fit more than perfetctly).
Rose Twitchell: Lisa Edelstein, Sigourney Weaver, Kyra Sedgwick
Dougie "Twitch" Twitchell:
Andrea Grinnell: Rosanne Barr
Duke Perkins: David Morse, Ed Harris
Brenda Perkins: Emma Thompson, Annette Bening
Romeo "Rommie" Burpee: John Turturro, Steve Buscemi
Thurston Marshall: Ted Danson
Peter Randolph: Ray Liotta
Carter Thibodeau: Mark Selling
Phil "Chef" Bushey: Edward Norton
Samantha "Sammy" Bushey: Ellen Page, Mila Kunis (assuming they do more with the part... otherwise anyone an play it)
Sloppy sam Verdreaux:
Lester Coggins: Joel Osteen (I know he'd never but that's who I saw.)
Dogs of note: Audrey Everett (Golden Retriever), Horace Shumway (Corgi), Clover Libby (German Shepard)
Like I said my mind had no budget so I cast them as I saw fit. Some of the characters are blank because I had no particular face for the part. For others I thought of more than one person. As for the dogs I take exception with Audrey. I happen to have owned both a Border Collie and Golden Retriever (two of each so far). The Border Collie is far more receptive to human behavior than the Retriever is. The retriever would sooner lick her crotch than alert you to danger. The Border Collie wouldn't let you sleep unless you humored his whines. In a movie setting I would be hard pressed to believe a Retriever did more than bark upon the owner's entry. Shoots.... my pitt mix would be more inclinded to notice a change in my children's behavior before my retriever would.
In any event, my picks are how/who I imagined them to be. Some may seem far fetched but I have faith in the acting ability of all the actors mentioned. Rosanne Barr could pull off a trying to get sobber addict as well as Tina Fey could pull off a Replican newspaper owner. I'd be happy to hear who you guys imagined the characters were as you read.
(Message edited by Sinsaint On 04/17/2011 18:44)