Cinema for Authors
Pam's post last Friday reminded me of how much inspiration and honest-to-goodness craft authors draw from movies.
I'm currently taking Alexandra Sokoloff's fabulous Screenwriting Tricks for Novelists, where we study movies' structures to improve our books. As you can imagine, we discuss a lot of movies as the best model for our novels. Now this is not quite the same as being a favorite movie, since things like thematic similarity have to be considered as well as plot line.
Sometimes the class feels like a wild discussion among friends where everyone's trying to suggest the best possible movie for somebody else to study, including the reason why.
To my fascination, only four historical movies (in the New York publishing sense of "history") get mentioned regularly.
The Last of the Mohicans
Sense & Sensibility
Of these four, The Last of the Mohicans and Sense & Sensibility are definitely my favorite two films. I've undoubtedly seen Sense & Sensibility a lot more often. (I adore Alan Rickman in this film!)
But I'd have to say The Last of the Mohicans is much closer to my novels, for more reasons than sharing an American frontier setting with my books. I cherish the line "I will find you" as a declaration of love in the face of all odds.
What movie is most like your book or books? Is it a historical movie or a contemporary movie? How is it different from your "favorite" movies?