Saturday, October 22, 2011

Would you rather...




Recently I watched Romancing the Stone for the umpteenth time. It's a story about a romance writer who lives alone with cats crawling all over her house.

When she finishes a manuscript she pops open a bottle of champagne and shares it with her feline family. Soon the writer is launched into an adventure of her own, and falls in love with the rugged hero--someone who resembles the hunks of burning love she creates. *sigh*

Same with Nim's Island, where a panicky author is thrust into a crazy adventure to help find and save an 11-year-old fan and her (hunky) scientist father. *sigh again*

If I were dropped into a story, I'd want it to be in The Proposal. You know, the chick flick with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Not that I'm obsessed with Ryan or anything, because my husband is awesome. OMG RYAN REYNOLDS!!!

I'd love to be the main character in that movie for a few reasons. She wears amazing clothes, carries swoon-worthy bags, and best of all...she's a book editor! Yep, she has the power, people. She reads books and decides what is or isn't published. I'm sure that's a heck of stressful job, but wow, what a feeling. Plus, Ryan Reynolds is her assistant! But remember, I'm not obsessing.

So writers, let's have some fun. Would you rather be dropped in your own story as one of your characters, or into someone else's creation? Which character would you choose, and why?

36 comments:

  1. Can I cheat and say a TV series? I want to be the assistant on Doctor Who :-)

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  2. Oh tough question! I would love to be in a different Sandra movie - While You Were Sleeping. I can't tell you the number of times I've watched it!

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  3. I think I might choose Kiera Knightly in Domino, she's hot, tough, and goes after bad guys plus she ends up with a pretty hot guy :) what could be better than that?

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  4. ooo, I'd love to be dropped into one of my stories or one of the ones you mentioned above! I loved RTS. The Proposal was a little silly, but I'd love to visit Alaska... :o) <3

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  5. Aragorn. He's badass, gets the elf, and becomes king. What more could a guy want?

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  6. To go the fantastic route - Galadriel - she has eternal life, ring of power, tremendous wisdom, great beauty, and she lives in the most beautiful place in Middle Earth. She seems to have settled down with a Lord, but surely had the pick of the hottest elves.

    More realistic – Elizabeth Bennett – she was smart and found true love.

    Fun post, Julie!

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  7. Fascinating! I enjoyed your musings. :) Don't think I'd like to be in my own stories--I'm too mean to my characters. LOL I too wouldn't mind being Elizabeth Bennett. Or Jo in Little Women--she was a writer too!

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  8. I think it's okay to obsess about Ryan Reynolds - I do. And my hubs is awesome as well. I'd want to be dropped into Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (movie version) Elizabeth Taylor's character opposite Paul Newman, my all time favorite hunk.
    Karen

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  9. Hmm? Good question. You've got me stumped with this one. I know my own stories so well.
    Since this is Halloween, perhaps I should choose the adventure that was Stephen King's "The Stand".
    Sorry I have been missing so long, Julie. Explanations coming soon.

    -Jimmy

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  10. Renee Zellwegger starred as Beatrix Potter in "Miss Potter" with Ewan NcGregor starring as her love interest. Besides the great story line, Ewan is pretty cute...love the British accent! (Since both of my manuscripts are MG animal fantasy - I'd opt to be human!)

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  11. I'm far too mean to my characters to be in my own story. The others might gang up and kill me! LOL I'll have to think on this one.

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  12. I love that "Ryan Reynolds is a god" is a tag on this post. Too good! I think I'd need to be in someone else's story or I would mind trip myself too much. I would want to go into Hero's and get Sylar to turn good and fall in love with me. I'm sure I would end up dead though. Zachary Quinto is a god as well, he's gay but a girl can hope still.

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  13. Haha, I'd probably like to be dropped into the movie, Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn. Just the story and location being in beautiful Italy, it's all quite awesome. I mean, sides which, Gregory Peck indeed wasn't hard on the eyes... ;) I mean, who wouldn't wanna fall in love with him?! However, there would be one exception-- I'd want the ending to change for sure. :P

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  14. I think I'd pick one of my own characters--just to find out what my fictional worlds are like. :P

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  15. Hmm.... I'd love to be a character in the book Lancelot du Lethe. Being Guinevere in that story would actually be amazing --Lancelot and a kingdom to rule. I could live with that ;)

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  16. Hmmm. I may be crazy, but I'd like to be Sarah Connor. She knows the future, births the savior of the world, sacrifices everything to save her son, and can kick the crap out of anyone--human, cyborg, terminator, whatever.

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  17. Love this! I think I'd be Lessa from McCaffrey's series - a gold dragonrider! :)

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  18. Hmmm. Good question. I think I'd want to be Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind. She is one of the strongest protagonists I've ever read. She's not always ethical, but she is a fighter and does what needs to be done. And I just love the old South. Beautiful dresses. Oh, and Rhett Butler! Eat your heart out, Ryan Reynolds!

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  19. Easy. I want to be Elizabeth Bennett! Or, Okay I'd be Emma in the Gwyneth Paltrow version. I don't know who the guy is who played Knightley in that one, but he is beautiful!

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  20. I'd jump in Arwen's shoes in Lord of the Rings. Hello Aragorn.

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  21. Oh, wow. What a fun idea! I can think of several of my favorite books I'd love to be dropped into. One is Restoree by Anne McCaffrey. But I think I'd love to be dropped in a couple of my own books.

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  22. Romancing the Stone is such a fun movie! I love that last scene where they're heading out to sea and she's on board typing away a new story.

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  23. Meryl Streep in 'Out of Africa' - a Danish baroness who kept her linens white, her bed trimmings floaty and her shooting straight in a hard, cruel country. Not to mention Robert Redford (okay, I'm showing my age here!).

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  24. I'm thinking Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) in Bull Durham. Who wouldn't love to be a part-time English teacher who lives in that cool old house, hanging out with a bunch of baseball players. And Crash Davis (Kevin Costener) isn't too bad to look at in this movie either.

    Fun post, Julie!

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  25. Guys, your choices are awesome! Each time I read one, I'm "Oooh, that's a good one. Oooh, I wish I had thought of that one." Thanks for having fun with this "would you rather."

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  26. I'd definitely love to be Bridget Jones. Colin Firth woot! woot!
    I like the sound of Nim's Island. HAGW Julie.

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  27. Who wouldn't want to be either of these heroines who triumphs in the end! My daughter and I have watched both of these movies many times, too, and love them!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

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  28. while i love the proposal and romancing the stone, that's an easy one for me: either little drummer girl about a woman recruited to spy for the israelis (based on a john le carre novel) or the year of living dangerously, about a journalist living in se asia in the 60s.

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  29. I am a huge fan of his too. I also seem to have an unhealthy adoration for Hugh Jackman, but I'm not sure if I'd want to be dropped into too many of his movies. :O)

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  30. THAT'S IT! I have to see THE PROPOSAL. First off, I love Sandra Bullock. Secondly, it sounds cool :)

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  31. What? I'm always in my own stories. . .I mean, no that would be weird and wrong.

    Ever see the movie Stranger than Fiction? Not that I'd want to be dropped into that one.

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  32. What a hard choice. I'd love to meet my characters in my stories, but there are some great stories out there that I'd like to jump in, too. I'd love to be thrown into Pride and Prejudice.

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  33. Ryan Reynolds is a very good choice! I love Romancing the Stone!

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  34. Funny, I WAS dropped in the middle of my OWN story. That's one reason it was so scary for me to write. Those scary people are actually folks I had to deal with once.

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  35. Fun! I hate to be so obvious, but I'd have to choose being Jennifer Grey alongside Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. The ULTIMATE!

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