Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Art imitates art
Okay, so I know it's been over a month since Christmas, but I was thinking about our life imitating art discussions. And I remember when I wondered if art could imitate art.
A while ago, I was obsessed with the character of Scrooge from Dicken's "A Christmas Carol". I wondered if his eleventh hour transformation could have lasted (despite Dickens' assurances that he truly did change). That got me to thinking about what it would take to make Scrooge go back to his miserly ways. I figured the death of Tiny Tim would shake the core of Scrooge's beliefs, and that might spark a return to his old ways.
Thus, my sequel to "A Christmas Carol" was born.
Haven't you ever done that? Finished a book and wondered what happened after? I did that also with "Gone with the Wind". Did Scarlett win Rhett back? Could she ever find contentment and happiness? What happened the next day? And the next...
I love it when characters in books seem so real that they live on in our minds long after we've closed the book. That's the sign of a gifted writer. Because characters that feel alive are well-rounded and are strongly motivated. They're also not easy to write, though we try. They might be based on people we know and love or completely fictional. They might be headstrong like Scarlett O'Hara or seemingly weak on the outside but strong on the inside like Melanie Wilkes. (PS - I also attempted writing a sequel to "Gone with the Wind" in seventh grade. I can't get away from it, I guess LOL).
I also love stories that use the influence of a well-known novel or play (like "West Side Story" influenced by "Romeo and Juliet" or "Clueless" by "Emma") to create a new story. So isn't that art imitating art too?
I think the Heartwarming novels have the potential for these kinds of characters and stories.We have the room to develop characters and delve into plot. I'm looking forward to the July launch of original Heartwarming stories.
What about you? What book(s) have you imagined a sequel to? Or what character(s) would you like to spend the day with?