Do you agree that Bex is often white washed in fancast and fanart despite you writing her as a 'black James Bond?' Do think white washing happens a lot especially when YA books like GG are turned into movies?
First, thanks for your question and, especially, for reading the books! I’m so grateful for all of my readers and I love hearing from all of you.
Next, I probably need to let everyone know that I don’t actually read any of the fanfiction of my books. This is a pretty universal rule for authors because of various creative and legal concerns. I think it’s cool that you guys write it! I’m just not in a position where I can read it. I’m sorry.
I do, however, sometimes come across fan art and other visual things about the books. I don’t actively seek them out, but they cross my various feeds from time to time. I have to say, for the most part I’ve been pleased that people seem to cast/depict all the girls well, but I have no doubt that there probably are/have been instances where people have gotten Bex’s ethnicity wrong. But in my experience that seems to happen fairly infrequently.
And I could be wrong about what is out there overall. As I said, I’m not searching it out, so I only see a small percentage. I just see enough to know that a whole lot of you are envisioning Bex as Kat Graham, who plays Bonnie on the Vampire Diaries. And that is a pretty darn perfect match to the Bex who lives inside my head.)
(My actual Perfect Bex is the actress who is in that very brief scene in the diner at the beginning of the sixth Harry Potter movie–you know the waitress Harry was supposed to go on a date with after her shift? Well, when I saw that I freaked out and wanted to yell in the theater IT’S BEX! BEX IS GOING ON A DATE WITH HARRY POTTER! But I didn’t yell it, and I’m very proud of my restraint.)
As for whitewashing in Hollywood, that is a much, much, much larger and more problematic situation. I won’t say much about the whitewashing of roles because other people have said it far better than I can.
But I will say this: if (and it is a HUGE if) there is ever a Gallagher Girls movie, tv show, tv movie…whatever, I can tell you with 99% certainty that the cast will be just as culturally diverse as any spy school would need to be.
I’m thrilled to be working with Tonya Lewis Lee and Nikki Silver of Tonik Productions and we have had several conversations about the Gallagher Girls, and on multiple occasions they have told me that the cultural diversity of the GG world is one of the things that drew them to the project.
I can’t promise much when it comes to Hollywood. But this much I feel pretty darn certain of.
Again, a GG movie is still a far off dream at this stage of the game, but I feel like this is an issue that is close to the hearts of many people involved, and none of them will take that responsibility lightly.