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Literary ages vs movie ages

When reading a book, you're allowed an incredible, almost worrying, amount of power. You can imagine the location however you like, the story can progress at whatever speed you wish (a five day break halfway through - go for it) and, most importantly, you can cast whomever you want in the roles.

But when someone else, read Hollywood, snatches this power away, book fans often revolt. Well you know, on Twitter and stuff. We've decided to spend our time looking at the differences in literary characters and big screen actors when it comes to their all important ages. The age of an actor compared to the character in print can change the dynamic and we've found an interesting variety.

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(Images: Caroline Warner)

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    Silver Linings Playbook

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    The Human Stain

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 2

    Notes on a Scandal

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 3

    Jane Eyre

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 4

    The Silence of the Lambs

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 5

    Before I Go To Sleep

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 6

    American Psycho

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 7

    Jurassic Park

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 8

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 9

    Romeo and Juliet

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 10

    Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 11

    The Hunger Games

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 12

    Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 13

    The Killer Inside Me

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 14

    About A Boy

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 15

    The Great Gatsby

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 16

    Gone Girl

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  • Literary ages vs movie ages 17

    The Crucible

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 18

    Never Let Me Go

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 19

    Carrie

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 20

    A Clockwork Orange

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 21

    Brighton Rock

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 22

    Breakfast At Tiffany's

  • Literary ages vs movie ages 23

    Lolita