A while ago, I asked for interesting questions about Ash, with the idea that I would write up a post interviewing myself with these questions. Well, let me just say that some of the questions are so interesting that they deserve a blog post of their own! So, instead of torturing myself by trying to do a whole gigantic huge Q&A all at once, I'm going to answer a couple of these questions at a time. So without further ado, here is this week's question!
Melissa from Pittsburgh asks: If you were ever approached by someone who wanted to turn ASH into a major motion picture, would you agree to let it be made? If so, who do you imagine would play the lead characters? If not, why not?
I am really tickled by how many people have been asking me about an Ash movie, but Melissa from Pittsburgh's questions came first, and I think they bring out a few issues I want to explore in more detail.
The short answer is: It depends.
The longer answer is: Having worked as an entertainment reporter (and specifically covered movies about queer women) for several years, I am skeptical that a movie of Ash would ever be made. But weirder things have happened, so I suppose it's a possibility. If the right offer came along, I'd definitely consider it.
What would go in that "right" offer? Well, I know that most authors who sell their film rights have little input into the actual film that gets made. This makes sense to me because a book is a fundamentally different experience than a movie. I think of them as two entirely separate entities. I don't really have any desire to take up screenwriting, so a "right" offer would have nothing to do with my penning the script. A "right" offer, I think, would have to do with casting.
It's not that I have specific ideas about which actors to cast in the roles of Ash, Kaisa, etc. But there are a couple of qualities in the characters that I would strongly prefer to see in any film version.
- The actor who plays Ash must be Asian. She could be biracial (Asian and Caucasian, Asian and Latina, etc.), but she should be visibly of Asian descent.
- Kaisa must be portrayed as butch. I actually hesitated to even write that knowing how many inaccurate stereotypes are associated with that word, but seriously, that's what she is. She has short hair; she doesn't wear dresses; she has a somewhat masculine energy about her. I also see Kaisa as Asian (or biracial, with her green eyes), but I'd compromise. I'd accept a Caucasian actor in the role as long as Kaisa retained her butchness. Sometimes Hollywood interprets that as "androgynous" (à la Shane on The L Word), which I guess I would be OK with, but I would hate the movie if Kaisa turned out to be a long-haired femme. I would really, really hate it. (OK, if Angelina Jolie took the role, I'd deal with it!)
If those two requirements were met, I would be really interested in seeing a movie made of Ash. Now, I think the actual chance of this happening is about 0.001%, but it's fun to contemplate. :)
More questions next week!