I've run across several articles lately via Facebook that have to do with inconsistencies between actor portrayal vs. character in the book (usually concerning physical appearance) and most recently one concerning the ages of the characters in ASOIAF, and how oddly this would play out if the actual ages mentioned in the books were used in the HBO version of the franchise. And this set me to thinking.... I once hosted a fanpage in the Legend of Korra fandom and was amazed at the demanding nature of the fans. It was only natural that in this fandom much mention was also made of the original series, prior to Korra, and the travesty of a film that was made from it. I understood their disappointment perfectly with the film, but once everyone decided that yes, it was a shit film, and yes, the actors were cast in a very "whitewash" kind of way, then came the irrational demands that Sokka and Katara should be real Inuit actors (ok, cool) with real blue eyes, like in the show. Sorry. Inuits are not a blue-eyed people. And the casting of Zuko was generally well received, but there was much butthurt that he didn't have real hazel eyes, because, you know, hazel eyes are ten a penny amongst actors of Asian descent. I've also read, concerning the the Darkover series by MZB, that readers take great delight in pointing out the many inconsistencies from one book to the next concerning timeline of events and geographic placement of places. MZB has declined to ever create a map of Darkover, stating that she knows full well that there are inconsistencies and that readers really need to get a social life if this is what is keeping them up at night. From many angles, and for many reasons, it seems that at least some part of any given fandom is going to get their collective knickers in a twist over nitpickery of one kind or another. Do you ever give this thought as you write? I ask because since the complaints are as much about film renditions of books as they are about inconsistencies or difficult-to-buy premisses of characters within books (like the ages of characters in ASOIAF), I look at my own work and wonder, "What will they find herein and say, 'What? He's 30? Give me a break, man....'" Thoughts?