Hi everyone. As most of you who read my posts might already know, I watch a lot of TV and movies. It is one of my addictions (along with pizza) and reading JAFF stories. Can’t get enough.
The reason I am talking about this movie is that it can hit home for those of us who write stories. Morgan Freeman plays Monty, a widower who is wheelchair bound author who has lost his desire to write. He has also given up on life, preferring to drown his sorrows in a bottle (or many bottles).
Monty’s nephew brings Monty to stay the summer at a house that was on loan to him. The house is next door to Virginia and her three daughters. Virginia’s character is going through a divorce and attempting to raise her daughters, the eldest of which doesn’t want to be there.
The middle daughter, Fin, is filled with imagination and, when she learns who Monty is, decides she wants Monty to teach her how to tell a story. So she offers Monty her life’s savings ($34.19) to teach her about telling a story and using imagination. The lessons are humorous and enlightening. The contact with the neighbors starts to bring Monty out of the tower he had built around his heart.
One of the best moments in the movie was when Fin is talking about the main character of Monty’s books, Jubal. Monty explains that “All the things I couldn’t do in the real world, Jubal let me down on the pages.”
I can understand that sentiment. I cannot go back in time to the Regency period in England. I cannot meet Jane Austen or her characters to ask them questions. But using her characters allows me to transport through time and space, making it possible for me to be part of Darcy and Elizabeth and their lives. I can mold them and shape them, using different circumstances. And I can visit places with them, such as the continent and locations all over the United Kingdom. There is so much to learn about the world and the Era, how people behaved and customs that were distinct between classes. It is fascinating to discover so much information.
Another comment that was made in the movie was by Virginia’s character. She said “I always thought of a book as a friend.” I agree with that statement. Why else would we want more and more of our favorite characters? Why would JAFF continue to grow, if people didn’t love the characters so much? And we don’t just have them in the same locations and time frame. We have modern adaptations, paranormal versions, serious tales, and comedic takes. We have futuristic and even time travel. Some of the stories have similar storyline to the original, giving characters different names.
So, tell us what you would like to do in a book, that you could never do in real life. Is there something specific, a time, a place or a person you would love to share a story with, yet would never be able to experience.
And of all the books in the world (and I am shocked to learn there are other books besides JAFF. Who knew?), what books (or books) would be your old friend(s)? What would be your idea of “comfortable” or adventurous in a way that would be something in which you could picture yourself? I have several I love as dear old friends, depending on the mood I am in that day.