the "interchangeable black guy" problem from Iron Man's Terence Howard-to-Don Cheadle switcheroo.
UNLESS IT'S DIRECTLY ADDRESSING RACISM, exceptions cannot be made. We are not living in a post-racial society, and denying asians roles in this movie is not moving us in that direction.
It's been a while, but is it really reincarnation in the novel? I took the birthmark as more of a playfully metatextual device, because the whole Luisa Rey story is *fiction* within the Cavendish story, isn't it? And doesn't Cavendish himself scoff at the whole comet birthmark idea?
Mind Screw: Each story initially appears to be set in the same universe as its predecessor. This is toyed with when Frobisher questions the veracity of Ewing's journal, then completely undermined when Cavendish receives Rey's story as a the manuscript for a fictional novel. Yet connections between the characters seem to bridge this fiction-reality divide, such as the shared birthmark of Frobisher, Rey, Sonmi, and Meronym.
Similarly, the reader is led to believe that all of the protagonists are one reincarnated soul, marked by a distinctive birthmark. This is, however, explicitly rejected by Cavendish, who lacks such a birthmark. Nonetheless, the birthmark is seen again in the fifth and sixth stories. Fridge Logic also reveals that the lifespans of Luisa Rey and Timothy Cavendish would overlap, though her being a fictional character in his universe might be a more significant barrier.
Katy Forbes from Ghostwritten, who has a one night stand with someone who works for Cavendish, also has this birthmark.
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