Holly's description from the first novel:
Personally I’ve always seen her as having kind of a golden brown skin, like very tanned, but its her natural tone. The graphic novels could have made her a bit darker, yes, but I am not upset about this and some of the fancasts, because we just don’t know exactly how dark or light her skin is. Just as long as she’s not overly pale, I will be fine either way. In my opinion all of the fans that get so easily offended over this need to calm down…
Once the movie does get here, I will be happy as long as the actress:
a) isn’t pale and fits the short auburn hair/hazel eyes decription
b) Can actually act. A non-sarcastic Holly Short would just not be right...
c) They do like they did in the Hobbit and make the People look shorter. Fairies are like.. 3ft tall, some shorter, and to have a 5ft fairy would just be utterly ridiculous.
That said… I restate my previous comment. Some fans need to calm down… Literally every time I look at the AF tag I see some one complaining about Holly Short fancasts and whatnot. It be different if Colfer had written like…'dark, nut-brown skin' or something along those lines. But the book does not say that. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and so while one person thinks one way, someone else may not agree and there is no reason to bash them for it.
So my question for you guys.... is what do you all think? Is this a reasonable debate or what?