You’d think since it was my idea to feature favorites this week that I would’ve actually had a plan. Yep, you’d think that. Doesn’t make it so. I spent yesterday and this morning trying to come up with an original favorite.
So, as the Today show waned into the 9:30 hour and I’d seen everything I wanted to see, I started surfing and came upon this little gem,.Romancing the Stone
This has got to be my favorite writerly movie--not to mention one of my all-time favorite movies on it's own.
I so wanted to be Joan Wilder when I first saw this in 1984. I wanted the apartment in New York—even though I’d just married my husband. I wanted the framed covers of my books adorning my walls and the agent who met me for drinks--even thought I don't drink. And let’s be honest, I kind of wanted Michael Douglas too—especially when he whisks her away on the boat. That was the life I dreamed of.
Twenty-eight years later and I’m still dreaming about that life. Or at least a variation of that life.
But don’t we all? One of the feature questions of authors on blog interviews is the Oprah question. “If you were on Oprah, what would you be talking about?” Even though Oprah no longer has a show. But, we all still want to be featured on her show because we know it means BESTSELLER!!
In my head, I’m on the Today Show and being interviewed by Matt Lauer--because let's face it, Matt is hotter than Oprah. And he's still on the air--which makes my fantasy borderline possible. And just for the record, I am witty and spontaneous with Matt and not stumbling over the furniture. I love the me that exists only in my head.
I have other favorite writerly movies:
Irreconcilable Differences with Ryan O’Neal and Shelly Long. I love the New Year’s Eve moment when Shelly sees her reflection in the grocery store window and barely recognizes the woman she’s become. Then she goes home and writes the novel of her life.
Midnight In Paris with Owen Wilson is a new enjoyment. It's set in Paris. And takes place mostly at night under the Parisian lights. And did I mention it's in Paris?
Plus, he goes back in time.And he's a writer. Paris, time-travel, and writing--what's not to love?
So, what’s your favorite?