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News About James That Doesn't Make Me Want To Bang My Head On My Desk ;-)

From jamesmarsters.com:

Many of you are eager to know James’ next project and have e-mailed with lots of supportive suggestions – thank you. James has been very busy with meetings and auditions and reading material, that I am sure will lead to his next project shortly.

I know that a lot of you are anxiously following the Dresden book “Storm Front” which is in development with Lions Gate for Sci-Fi channel as a movie of the week. We are following it closely and as of now there is no casting yet. I understand that they are still in the development stages of working out the story for the small screen.

James will be recording the next Dresden book on tape “Grave Peril” in late September. As soon as we have a release date, we will share it with you.

Woo Hoo! I'm incredibly happy to read that they are continuing doing recordings of the series with James. Considering the success of the venture has a lot to do with James' performance, it would seem logical, to me, that he be cast in the film adaption. then again. studios are seldom logical. :p

Oh, people are e-mailing him with "supportive suggestions" as to what he should do next? ::rolls eyes then dies laughing::

In semi-related news, I finally finished watching the dailies. :) I have few observations (mercifully no in depth analysis) I'll try to post later today when I have more time.
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Oh, I'd pay lots to see some of those 'supportive suggestions'. Although I can pretty much imagine what they're like ;)
This is great news! We can only hope that they will see sense and cast James in the TV role, too. :)
I must confess, I have only a copy of the 'Storm Front' discs, but I did shell out for 'Fool Moon'. I do adore his readings of the books. You actually forget it's just him doing all the parts he's that good. So, sucker that I am, I'll probably buy the new reading when it comes out.
Yay! And I think Grave Peril is a better story than Full Moon, so I'm really looking forward to that. Here's hoping that sense prevails and James is cast in the movie.

As to fan suggestions - I wish I knew what they were, I could use a good laugh ;)
I actually listened to some of Storm Front for the first time yesterday. Very nicely read, although we had to turn it off aftera bit becuause we were driving, and James' voice is very lulling! Good to hear he's doing the next one too.
Oh goody! I'm very pleased James is continuing doing the recordings for the audio version of the Harry Dresden books. He did a great job so far. Of course common sense would dictate he should play Harry ro Erik or whatever they're changing the name to. We also know common sense can be in short supply in Hollywood. ;)
Fer said almost word for word what I was going to say. I'd love to hear the recordings, but right now I can't justify spending $50 on each one. Maybe someday.

people are e-mailing him with "supportive suggestions" as to what he should do next? ::rolls eyes then dies laughing::

Heeee! I would love to know what some of those suggestions are! I can probably guess...

I bet some of the 'supportive suggestions' include doing a Spike TV movie and then a Spike series because, forget about showing range, it's what the fans want. I won't even comment on people wanting him to pursue his musical career. :p
The flip side of his devoted fanbase is that some people seem to have very proprietary feelings towards him and his career. It's interesting. (And by "interesting," I mean "scary.")

Like fer1213 and molly_may, I'm too cheap on too much of a budget to justify spending $50 on a book, but I do think that getting JM involved with the audiobooks was a stroke of genius, since I've actually bought the entire series in paperback and would never have heard of Jim Butcher otherwise.

I also really want to see him cast in the Dresden part. But what did Bart Simpson say? Hollywood is a bitch goddess, or something. I'll be disappointed, but not terribly surprised, if they cast someone younger and taller.
The flip side of his devoted fanbase is that some people seem to have very proprietary feelings towards him and his career. It's interesting. (And by "interesting," I mean "scary.")

Amen sister. I've seen this before with other celebrities. It is donwright scary. It can turn a person off fandom if they run in to this often enough.

"Proprietary feelings" is a good way of putting it. I don't know if you checked out the direct link, but, if you do, you'll see his personal responses to e-mails, letters, etc from fans. Some of his responses make it sound as if they are friends. Once you've crossed a line and have let your fans feel as if you have a personal connection with them, yeah, some are going to believe they can give him advice and he'll except it. James seems to need his fans so much he doesn't realize what a dangerous situation he's creating.

Having said all that, I still feel he's the perfect choice to play Harry/Erik, but, you're right, I can see them casting some young, pretty boy, flavor of the moment. :(
Once you've crossed a line and have let your fans feel as if you have a personal connection with them, yeah, some are going to believe they can give him advice and he'll except it.

I think that this was already the case to some extent; it seems like his schtick at cons also has encouraged fans to feel like there's a connection there. I think he knows that his fan base is a big part of him getting more work, and he's definitely cultivated that base, but he's playing with fire by making the personal responses. I hadn't quite connected those dots; you're right. 99% of fans know that it's all very superficial; it's the 1% that's scary.
Oh, people are e-mailing him with "supportive suggestions" as to what he should do next?

Are you suggesting that I was amiss to send him the suggestion that he do me next?
Well, he seems to still be taking e-mails and answering them personally, so you still have time!
Yaaaaay!

I hope they clean up all the typos that are in the print version before they give him the copy to read.

"supportive suggestions". Snerk.
OK, I'm not even a good speller and I was catching a lot of typos. Um, don't publishers still pay folks to proofread?