Happy Friday, all!

This week–heck, this month–has been a tough one; apparently, my usually good health has decided to go on a bender, so I’ve been sick more often than not. Which means my writing has suffered, since my aching head makes me more likely to write literary fiction than romance, and nobody wants to see my characters moaning around on the page, least of all me.

BUT today I almost feel better. Almost, and I hope to write more on a project I blithely thought would be finished by three weeks ago. Ha! I will write later today, I vow.

Meanwhile, however, comes the news that Peter Jackson has begun casting The Hobbit, and has announced that Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner have been cast–as dwarves.

Let’s take that in a moment, shall we?

On the one hand, being cast in such a high-profile film has got to have amazing results for the two actors, both of whom are talented, not to mention smokin’ hot.

On the other hand, they’re playing dwarves.

But a Tolkein fangirl assures me that Richard’s role (I feel as though I can call him Richard by now) is a meaty one, not just a comic effect part. I didn’t inquire about Aidan’s part, I was too bowled over by the Armitage news in the first place.

I am certain Tolkein fans are frantically scrambling to figure out who the heck these two are (and Martin Freeman, who’s been cast in the all-important role of Bilbo Baggins). I come at it from the other side, being a fan of the actors, not the series (sacrilege, I know; I love the LOTR movies, not the books so much). I bet Tolkein fans are dissecting the particulars with as much fervor as Austen fans when a new version of P&P was announced–‘who is this Matthew MacFadyen character anyway?

(Freeman debuts over here this Sunday as Dr. Watson in the latest version of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve been told it’s an amazing interpretation, so hopefully you have access to BBC America and can see it yourself. My DVR is already set to tape).

Where am I going with any of this? Nowhere! What else is new? But before you leave, a few questions:

What book do you hope will never be brought to the big or little screen because it can’t possibly meet your expectations? What book do you hope would be made? What roles could you see Armitage, Turner or Freeman in next? Will it bum you out when the rest of the world discovers how delicious Armitage is?