Posted on 08/28/2018 at 11:45 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Ask and ye shall receive (sometimes).

Fans wrote to author Lee Child to complain about the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in two movies, and the author took their feedback into consideration, The Guardian reports.

Child said he received tens of thousands of letters criticizing the casting choice of Cruise, who’s well under six feet tall, as Reacher, described as six foot five.

Why does this matter? Because Child is adapting several more books for TV, with hopes of signing a deal by November, according to The Guardian.

The fan letters are part of the massive collection of papers that Child is donating to the British Archive for Contemporary Writing at the University of East Anglia.

You can read more about his donation and his thoughts on screen adaptation in The Guardian.

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From the beginning of Sentinel i kept saying to my partner-this isn’t Reacher! Somethings different! Only afterwards did I realise that there’s another writer. I knew because Reacher to too vocal in a smart Alec sort of way. He used to act not talk and act.. To involve the reader in situations yes but really? Describing a triangle of the way thugs move in to try catch Reacher and spend almost a whole page to set the scene i found boring and there were many of these which I thought detracted. We KNOW how smart he is we are on the edge with him i began to skip the boring parts which was at times about 3 pages! Please revert to the strong observant hero Ive followed for years . Sorry but i was soo disappointed and then glad to find out that someone else’s influence so maybe Reacher can get back to himself and not a know it all chatty type.
Sheila michell | 03/15/2022 at 07:22 AM
Just finished reading the very latest Lee Childs novel with Jack Reacher. ."Time to Die ". I have been a fan from the start of this series. Frankley, the last several novels have been much of the same. Time to retire jack Reacher sadly. Great while it lasted but has become boring. Sorry!
William Tupen | 01/18/2022 at 10:50 AM
tripwire the end did not mention marilyn or chester or the outcome of their predicament as they were pivital throuout the book it needs to be endwd thnx
rob taylor | 03/31/2021 at 04:45 PM
Blue Moon: best so far of 3 I've read. However, at chapter 48, I was lost:: the bad guys seemed to be in 2 places at once, while the good guys somehow switched places to be in the elevator, etc. The outcome was satisfying, but how it happened is a mystery - I re-read it, and was not enlightened. Nevertheless, I've ordered 4 more, hoping they're light on the one guy takes on 5, and triumphs - it gets old (it wasn't in Blur Moon).
Thomas Hall | 06/29/2020 at 09:08 PM
I've always enjoyed Lee Child's writing style, but I agree with Margot's observation. I don't know if this comment has any way of reaching the author (I notice on his own web page there is no option for leaving feedback), but I, too, found the latest novel (Blue Moon) a little over the top with unnecessary violence (particularly the elevator scene in Ch.48, and the end of Ch..50). It's one thing for Reacher to be shooting and killing in self defence, but I felt this novel took the violence angle too far. Sadly, I too, will be passing on future instalments if this pattern is the new norm.
Garth | 06/14/2020 at 11:04 AM
Hi Mr Child Usually I love your books; devour one a year while on holiday. The last few have become heavily peppered with Reacher seemingly killing every slightly bad character; almost like an X box game. Way to much killing for me. Plus, just not very credible in terms of the plot, or necessary. If this is an ongoing pattern, I’ll be giving the books a miss. Sadly.
Margot Anderson | 12/28/2019 at 05:08 AM
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