I am a voracious reader. If I don't have anything else to read, I'll read the back of the cereal box. I have a huge library of books and an e-Reader filled to the max with e-books. If you took everything I owned away from me except my books, I think I could learn to be happy. Some of you may remember a Twilight Zone episode with Burgess Meridith. I don't remember the entire show but the terrifying part for me would be the destruction of a city, finding an intact library, having the rest of my life to do nothing but read and then stepping on my glasses so I couldn't. A total nightmare.
Over the years, I've developed a great love for certain characters. John D. McDonald's Travis McGee, John Sanford's Lucas Davenport and Lee Childs' Jack Reacher. These are guys I would call if I were in trouble. I have complete sets of all the books these guys are in and I've read them multiple times. When I heard they were making a movie with Jack Reacher in it, I was really excited. And I hoped it wouldn't be like One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. While I loved the book, Katherine Heigl was absolutely the wrong person for the movie (and I like Katherine Heigl). Her personality was fine, but when I close my eyes and see Stephanie Plum, I see Archie Panjabi (size-wise - not her character in The Good Wife). When I close my eyes and see Jack Reacher, I certainly don't see Tom Cruise. Well, I didn't, until the film came out. I've never been a Tom Cruise fan and when I saw him jumping on the couch like a monkey, I became even less so. He may be big box office, but he'll never be Jack Reacher. As much as I adore Michael J. Fox, I would not cast him as the leader of the Spartans in 300. As for Reacher, I would have voted for Liam Neeson or Ron Perlman or anyone on this list. As one person who commented on this list said - "the e-trade baby would have made a better Jack Reacher than Tom Crusie". That said, I'm not seeing the movie. It's bad enough every time I open my Kindle Fire HD, there's an ad for the book with Tom Cruise's face on it, I think seeing the movie will ruin an entire series for me. Lee Childs, what were you thinking? Postscript: I haven't purchased an Evanovich book since the movie came out.