I just started reading Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods and, by the second or third sentence, noticed that Anthony Hopkins had taken over narrating duties in my head.
This happens often and particularly with books that have a strong narrative voice. Following are just a few celebrity narrators who have made appearances in my cortical reading room:
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (because I watched the movie before reading the book)
Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling (it tickled me to no end that she was later cast in the movies)
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Angelmaker, Nick Harkaway
Everything!! Okay…not really.
The Marrow of Tradition, Charles Chesnutt
Helena Bonham Carter
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
I can’t be the only one who summons actors for narrative purposes. Who reads to you?