I’m not the only one who forgets Jack Reacher isn’t real! Michael Connelly, who writes the great Heironymus Bosh detective novels, was interviewed in the books section of the Wall Street Journal last Friday. He was asked, “Who would win a fist fight between Harry and Jack Reacher?” Connelly: I don’t think Harry would get in a fight with Jack Reacher, unless you’re talking about the Tom Cruise Jack Reacher. Harry could probably take out Tom Cruise, but the real Jack Reacher is 6’5″ and lives for hand-to-hand combat. Harry would be an idiot to even tangle with him.”
See? Don’t you have a handful of characters who are real to you? For me, Jack Aubrey and Steven Maturin (Patrick O’Brian’s sea novels) are as real as the guys next door. And I’ve spent more time with Aubrey and Maturin, too. And . . . what’s up with casting Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher? Really?