Gone With the Wind Movie Review

Good morning everyone! I will be beginning the month of June by discussing the movie based on my all time favorite book.

Gone With the Wind is an ingenious story set during the time of the Civil War in America.  The main character is intentionally unlikable while the other major characters all have their lovable quirks.  The writing in this book is phenomenal, having one of my most loved first lines, “Scarlet O’Hara was not beautiful.”

Based on this brief selection of my many praises for the book, it should not come as a surprise to you that I would like to say a few words to the director of the highly-acclaimed movie, Gone With the Wind. 

I am not saying that the movie itself was a bad rendition of the story, but it is missing quite a few key parts. I think the director deserves some praises for making the characters portrayed so well, and not messing up the overall story line, but in my personal opinion the development of Scarlet and Rhett’s relationship was cut short and messed up due to the fact that Scarlet’s two other children were lacking from the movie.

I believe that those two children played important roles in the story since it was originally because of them that Rhett became so close to the family, and eventually led to his departure from it because of Scarlet’s intense desire not to have more children and deliberate act of not caring for the ones she already had.

I apologize for this brief rant, but I believe that even characters as minor as Scarlet’s two children have a major impact on the development of any story.

What would you change about the movie, Gone With the Wind? 

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Defying Stereotypes in Writing

Stereotypes. The word itself leaves a bad taste in my mouth.We all know the sorts of things I’m talking about.

A shy, quiet girl falling for the popular boy and the two of them ending up in a relationship. The hero or heroine of a fantasy being the object of a prophecy that makes it so they HAVE to complete their quest for motives that are not entirely their own.

What, guys? Why would you do this to your story? Your plot becomes boring, uninspiring, and- let’s face it- downright predictable.

And what keeps a reader reading? They want to find out what happens! If they already know what’s going to happen, what’s the payoff for the reader?

So now it’s time to subvert the reader’s expectations, rather than giving them another lesson about how ‘introversion is a flaw that needs to be overcome’, ‘girls will find love if they change themselves to accommodate the athletic idiot’, and ‘guys who express their emotions are girly’, or any other cliches.

How can you apply this to your story?

For myself, I write fantasy. The cliche is that it has to be set in medieval Europe (specifically, England), there’s no modern technology whatsoever, heroines are always featured in love triangles, and magic is innately given + has only smaller limits, such as not resurrecting people from the dead.

My latest story will be set near modern times, on an island archipelago where there’s modern technology, a heroine that does not waste her time dithering about who loves her or doesn’t love her, and magic is a talent that can be learned (despite some being predisposed to better use magic)… and on top of that, magic can only be used for an objectively good purpose, such as defending their country from invaders.

Am I saying you all have to be so extreme about how many differences you have? Of course not. Most writing advice is subjective, and what works for me, may not work for you.

But I urge you to take a close look at your genre and its’ expectations and make sure your read is unpredictable.

Best of luck.

~Rebecca M. 

Waking Nightmares Part 2 Group Story

See the first part of the story: Waking Nightmares Pt. 1

“You’re weak,” the wind whispers in my ear. “You knew better than to become so attached to the things of the world, and now you’re here away from it all.”

A memory flashes before my mind, me, empty-inside, putting my life into the electronic world.  My uncle, visiting, and me not even saying a word.

My mother had passed away only two years ago, and I was all that was left of her for her broken-hearted brother, and I ignored him for an imaginary material world. Is that why I’m here?

Had my selfishness blinded me so that I waded further into the abyss? I shuddered in revulsion at the person I had become.

The wind brushes along my side encouragingly as if I’m starting to get on the right track.

“Okay,” I muster up a somewhat calm voice. “What do I do to get out of here?”

The gentle wind halts, causing the arid desert climate to engulf me.  I choke on my own breath.

My eyes burn like acid has been poured down my face.  I can’t see.  Stumbling, I hold my hands out in front of me to catch me if I fall.

My body jolts as my hands crash into the splintering trunk of a tree.

Then I hear a strange noise behind me. I whirl around, but can’t spot anything.  

I extend my hands in front of me, searching for the tree, but all I feel is the gentle sway of a dress.

“Good present, my dear,” A melodic voice chants in front of me.

“Good present?” I question.

“Yes, dear, I can’t say good morning, good day or anything of the sort because we are not in a timely world; we exist merely in the now.”

I nod my head slowly as I try to comprehend what she means by that statement.

The woman takes a deep breath. “It means you are outside of time, love.” Her sarcasm is not easily hidden.  

“Are you the one who sent me here?” My voice rages with emotion.

“I summoned your spirit yes,” Her melodic voice wavers. “Your body is still at home; no one knows you are gone, so I did not really disrupt anyone but you, and you will thank me later.”

I sigh. My mind is too exhausted to fight right now. “What do you want from me then?”

“It is not necessarily what I want, but what you need,” taking a deep breath she continues. “ You are  lost, my dear child. You have fallen into the ways of the world, losing the will to truly live.  You had found the interest of the fantastic creatures as a young child because of your love for the world and your beautiful soul; therefore, your lack of life has caused us much grief, and we have come to set you free.”

“What if I don’t want to change?”

Entertain Us! -The Importance of Makin’ Your Work Interesting

Oh, look- they’re describing Kelly’s nails and how they have cute baby pandas on them.

Now they’re describing Mrs. Meyer’s one lone gray hair that she didn’t dye to show how she’s so “old.”

And don’t forget the neighborhood Mr. Grumpy Pants that goes into detail about how his lawnmower sputters to life to cut the lawn for hopefully the last time that summer.

What do all of these things have in common?

 

Yawns.

 

If it isn’t a part of your grand scheme to help character building or support the plot, I’m sorry to tell you this, but you should consider scrapping it because it’s only extra fluff that your readers don’t need to read.

For instance, describing Kelly’s nails isn’t super important- unless you make it important.

What if Kelly always gets pandas on her nails because pandas remind her of her dead grandmother, who was the only one in her family that Kelly felt who truly loved her? Or Kelly’s friends were suspicious that someone was pretending to be Kelly, and getting a glitter mani-pedi instead of pandas was the final nail in the coffin that someone WAS impersonating her?

BAM!

Those details aren’t only pure “fun fluff” anymore, but they’re important to the plot and character development. That right there is awesome foreshadowing that your readers will gobble up like turkey on Thanskgiving Day.

And that, my friends, is entertainment.

 Tip: Description slows the pacing down, and action speeds the pacing up.

Finding the balance between slow and fast is the recipe for making things interesting as well. There’s a reason why it’s called “Show & Tell” in the writing world, not “Show & Show” or “Tell & Tell.”

Grabbing a long metal pole nearby, I slipped it in between the door handles side by side and prayed for the best. I always saw that move billions of times in the action and suspense movies I watched late at night with my ex boyfriend. Who knew I would’ve had to test it out in the future?

Good. Not bad, but decent. Let me show you better.

Glancing around, I spotted a long metal pole nearby and grabbed it- shoving it between the two door handles and bolting off down the hallway. I silently prayed it would hold. Maybe those long nights staying up watching action and suspense movies with my ex boyfriend weren’t a waste after all.

There we go- just right. The difference is that I didn’t make my internal monologue explain where my protagonist got the idea to shove an iron bar between door handles. I only showed you what was on her mind at the exact moment of what was going on, which was the memory of the movie that she was watching with her current boyfriend at that time, and told it.

In short: I showed you that she had an idea, how she applied the idea, and then finally told you how she got the idea (without describing every detail).

And that is also entertaining.  ♣

So now that you know how to spice things up and add interest, please-

 

Entertain us! Show the world what you’ve got to offer.

 

Thanks for reading all the way to the end of my post!

~Felicity Annora

 

Pep Talk for the Discouraged Writer

Hey, you. Standing in the corner feeling depressed.

This one’s for you.

I know you’re tired. I know your fingers are cramped up from typing away at the keyboard. I know that nothing’s gone as planned and the words on the page stink compared to what you had envisioned.

Whether it’s characters refusing to act like themselves, plot holes so giant you don’t know where to fix first, a book pitch that keeps getting rejected by agents, or you’re just bored with your idea in general, it’s okay.

You’ve got this. J.K. Rowling took 6 years(!!!) to plan Harry Potter, and look at her popularity now.

Look, don’t feed into your self-doubt by quitting now! That nagging voice in your head that tells you that you’re not good enough, that it’s too hard, that your problems are insurmountable it? Throw it out the window!

You are good enough, and you can and will finish this novel and make it pretty close to being perfect. With hard work and dedication, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Don’t give up. Dig yourself out of that trench and keep writing.

I’m with you, friend. I’m cheering you on as you continue to work hard!

Best of luck to you!

~Rebecca M.

 

Why I love Memoirs

Obviously, I love to read, and I hope that all of you, whether you are a writer or not, because you follow this blog, share my feelings towards books.  There is one particular genre of books that has recently struck me in its importance, and I would like to share a few reasons why.

That genre is Memoirs, and here are a few examples as to why they should be given more time in the spotlight.

  1. They tell the real story.  I love historical fiction as much as the next person, but no matter how much research is done, it will still never compare to having the physical experience.  Memoirs are told my people who physically experienced history whether in a large way or in their own small impact, and there is no way to compare to the experience we are given to be able to read a real life story.
  2. More times than not, Memoirs are told very straightforwardly. Because, again they actually experienced it, the author of a memoir does not have to “dress anything up” for the reader because he knows the precise words needed to describe his past situation.
  3. They are relate-able. I am not saying one cannot relate to a fictional character, I relate to them all the time, but it is much easier to relate to a real person who has gone through life, and is completely human with all his realistic faults and virtues than it is to relate to a fictional character created by an author for a specific purpose.
  4. They are not meant to be monumental. People who write memoirs do not do so with the hope of it being made into a giant movie, or for billions of people to be forever impacted by it.  They write memoirs so that hopefully at least one person will read their story and understand they are not alone.
  5.  To write a good memoir, one must be humble.  If an author is going to write an honest memoir, he will include all of his failings, and most memoirs have this.  When a reader finishes a memoir, he/ she does not usually have the opinion that the person they read about was a perfect angel, rather they feel relieved and inspired because someone just as human and imperfect as them managed to do some good things.

Here is a memoir that I am currently reading and would recommend everyone do so: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

 

How to Write

YOU!

Yes you, RIGHT THERE!

People talk too much about writing, but people might not know how to write.

So you wanna know how to write?

LET ME SHOW YOU HOW!

 

#1. SIT YOUR REAR DOWN.

Standing as you write ISN’T COMFORTABLE! So SIT DOWN!

 

#2. GET A DRINK!

Make sure it’s covered so it won’t ruin your work or electronics if it’s SPILLED!

 

#2. SIT DOWN AGAIN.

Don’t you dare stand up as you’re writing! It makes it hard to write and it’s more comfortable!

 

#3. GET OUT A NOTEPAD AND PENCIL, YOUR COMPUTER, OR PHONE.

Gotta have something to write ON!

 

#4. SIT DOWN AGAIN IF YOU HAD TO GET UP!

Like I said before, STANDING ISN’T COMFORTABLE! SO SIT DOWN, YOU UNRULY CHILD, YOU!

 

#5. START DAYDREAMING.

You need to know what you’re going to be writing! SO GET OUT YOUR THINKING CAPS AND DAYDREAM A PLOT UP!

 

#6. TURN OFF DISTRACTIONS!

TURN THOSE NOTIFICATIONS OFF! TURN YOUR PHONE OFF (if you aren’t writing on it)! BLOCK OUT THE T.V! You need to write, and ain’t NOTHING getting in your way! (unless you’re a parent with small children.. then you might want to deal with problems as they come up)

 

#7. WRITE!!!!

Don’t think! That’s what daydreaming was for!

Just WRITE!

Move that hand!

Don’t stop to think about how terrible that last sentence was! That’s what editing is for!

GO, GO, GO, SOLDIER!

 

And if you followed my instructions to a T, you should be writing! GOOD JOB! Pat yourself on the back!    \(*ω*)/ ~♥

 

-Felicity’s Footnotes-

I honestly don’t know what this post was, lol. But thanks for reading this derpy masterpiece to the end!

Happy Mother’s Day!

~Felicity Annora