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Writers on the Big Screen

The recent US release of Ruby Sparks caused me to ponder the on-screen depiction of the craft of writing. Since 90 minutes of a troubled soul sitting at a typewriter scratching their head doesn’t make very intriguing viewing, most movies about writers feature another angle.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Miss Potter
Drink in the fabulous Lake District scenery, enjoy the love story, but most of all, be grateful you’re not a woman seeking to publish your work a hundred years ago.

Image thanks: Linnell Esler

Image thanks: Linnell Esler

Stranger than Fiction
I’ve yet to come across a movie starring Emma Thompson that I don’t like. In this case, she’s the author and her hapless character is alive. Not only that, but he can hear her pondering on how to kill him off.

Shakespeare in Love
Hats off to any film maker with the courage to portray Mr Will himself. With Oscar-winning costumes bedecking the dazzling cast, the final scene brought world fame to Holkham Beach in Norfolk.

Julie and Julia
Granted, the true focus is on food, but Julie Powell’s blog was the catalyst for this tale. It serves as an interesting reminder of where our on-line lives can lead us. And yes, you should be careful what you wish for.

If your tastes are less mainstream, here are some further suggestions from those more literary than I:
Top 10 Movies About Writers

What’s your favorite movie about a writer?

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    August 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    My brain is completely blank right now on movies featuring a writer, bad or good. I can see a few images in my head, but not enough to figure out which flipping movies I am thinking of. Irritating swiss cheese brain!

    Speaking of writing, I am about half way through a book that since about page two, I have been wanting to recommend to you to check out. Wired for Story by Lisa Cron. It looks at structure in a way that makes a lot more sense to me than most books that I have read.

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