Saturday, January 28, 2012

Movies Featuring Writers

I remember the first time I watched Romancing the Stone. I was probably 10 or 12 and I knew right away that I wanted to be just like Joan Wilder. I wanted to be a romance novelist. I could easily see myself shut away from the world with only my typewriter and my cat. (Ooh, that was eerie - I just looked up from my keyboard and over at my cat!)

It was then that I started writing characters like Jesse and Jack T. Colton. Strong men who swept women off their feet with their strong muscles and take-charge attitude. Over the years, my heroes have changed a bit. Most of them still have strong muscles, but they've lost that macho "women are inferior" mentality. My men have a soft spot, something about them that makes them vulnerable...relatable. Sure, he can still ride in and rescue the heroin, but most of the time she'll ride out on her own horse!

Some other favorite movies featuring characters who are writers are:
Her Alibi - Tom Selleck and a beautiful, mysterious woman. What's not to love?

Of course, The Jewel of the Nile, the sequel to Romancing the Stone.

I Capture the Castle - Romola Garai's character is a writer as well as her father. Love this movie and love Romola (my muse for Ally in Home Ice) even more. Bonus points for being based on a novel by Dodie Smith.

Paper Man - A wonderful film no one's ever heard of starring Jeff Daniels and Emma Stone. The twist came out and slapped me in the face. Laughed, cried, bought it on DVD.

I know there are many more to add to the list. What are some of your favorites?


  1. I love Romancing the Stone. Another throw back from the 80s--She Devil. Meryl Streep plays a famous romance writer who steals Roseanne Barr's husband. Loved it.

  2. Oooh, I've never seen She Devil. I'll have to put it in my queue. I just thought of another one today: Funny Farm! Chevy Chase moves to the country to write his first novel. Classic.