I hope you are all having a wonderful week. I was going to feature another favorite adventure athlete today, but I've been pleasantly reminded this week about the power of movies and the inspiration they offer writers. The topic has popped up multiple times so I've decided to plunge in. My family has been going through a very difficult time with my mother's rapidly failing health. I was chatting friend and author advocate extraordinaire Kelli Standish about how to refuel as an author during difficult periods in our lives.
Every author is unique, but I shared how I find movies to be a fabulous source of inspiration. Kelli and I discussed our favorites and she made some excellent recommendations that I've added to my Netflix Queue. The same topic was discussed on one of my author loops a few days earlier and we too shared our favorite romantic movies and I garnered several to add to my Queue. It seems I'm not the only writer who finds movies inspiring. For me, it's not so much a particular theme or time period, but rather the beauty of a good story well told.
I adore books and read voraciously and while movies could never replace them in my heart, there is something to be said about the ability to sit down and watch an entire story unfold in a matter of a couple of hours. Even seeing our favorite books played out on the big screen is a ton of fun (when it is done right). I adore watching the various renditions of Jane Austen's classics and Bronte's Jane Eyre (FYI: the most recent version with Micheal Fassbender is fabulous!).
I also find there is a great connection between movies and books. My stories play out like movies in my mind as I write, and I humbly hope that will transfer to my readers' enjoyment and to their deep connection with my characters. Earlier this week, author Jody Hedlund blogged about this very thing in her post How to Make Your Book Play Out Like a Movie. A reader contacted Jody saying how the scenes of The Doctor's Lady played out like a movie in her head. I'm not surprised as Jody is a fabulous storyteller and I cannot think of a greater compliment. I humbly hope the same can be said of my stories some day.
I'd like to leave you with a few movies I adore. Hope you'll enjoy them too!
Favorite Adventure Movies:
- National Treasure and National Treasure: Book of Secrets
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- The Mummy
- Romancing the Stone
- Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
- Fool's Gold
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Favorite Inspirational Movies:
- Soul Surfer
- Facing the Giants
- Amazing Grace
- The Ultimate Gift
Favorite Romance Movies:
- The Notebook (tissues required)
- Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version with Colin Firth and the movie with Keira Knightly)
- Sense and Sensibility (movie with Kate Winslet)
- Emma (movie with Gwyneth Paltrow)
- Leap Year
- The Proposal
- North and South (BBC version based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel with Richard Armitage)
- Jane Eyre (movie with Michael Fassbender)
- A Walk to Remember (tissues required)
May all your adventures be blessed!