First off, a podcast of my short story 'Flowers for Clockwork Street' is posted up over at Every Day Fiction! It's read by the lovely Folly Blaine who has the perfect voice for reading fiction. Check it out HERE.
It was really surreal to hear someone else read my story out loud. I realized, more than ever, that when you read your story yourself you have your own thoughts on how your characters sound, where you pause, what syllables you emphasize. When someone else reads your story, these little details change and it reveals how another reader interprets your character. The interpretations aren't too different than what you had in your head, but still different. Perhaps the reader makes a character braver or more arrogant or even more passionate. Perhaps a scene is fast to a writer, but is read slowly by a reader.
These little things they do make a difference. And it made me wonder how my view of characters were colored by the reader of many of the audio fiction books I listened to as a kid and even now.
What would my view of Bilbo Baggins be if I had read The Hobbit before listening to it over and over. Is my view of the book completely my view, or does it have touches of Rob Inglis's? And if it does have touches, which it most likely does, how much is a touch? And what about other books, like Sherlock Holmes, Myth Adventures, Dealing with Dragons, and many many more?
I'm not sure. And I'm not sure if it would be enough of a difference to really matter that much.
But it is certainly interesting thing about, especially as am I'm driving the hundreds of miles toward the Atlantic. Whose voice is this really? Is this really Bilbo Baggins, or is it just Rob Inglis's?