Having finished Twin Cities Noir, I'm reading Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem at the moment, and the main character is a private detective with the standard wry film-noir first-person narration. Between the voice and the offbeat situations in which Conrad Metcalf finds himself, the shamus has started looking like a polished-up Michael Westen in my head. Like so:
|from Changeling, via Google|
With almost every book I read, I inadvertently play casting director, which means the story plays out like a movie in my head as I work my way through. I'm convinced this makes me enjoy a lot of books more than I would otherwise, and as a result, I probably think a lot of things I've read are better than they are, just because I've had the cast of Castle acting out the plot for me. Or whatever. Does everyone do that, I wonder? Or do I just watch too much television?