Monday, May 07, 2012

Who Ya Readin'?

This last weekend, I watched two movies back-to-back. Disney's Tangled and the John Wayne classic The War Wagon. Both were my sole choice, though the family watched with me. I guess you could say I have eclectic taste when it comes to movies.

I also have eclectic taste when it comes to reading fiction. I'm currently reading A Feast for Crows by George Martin (A fantasy medieval) as well as A Time To Kill by Grisham (A legal thriller.) I just finished No One But You by Leigh Greenwood (Historical romance) and Devil May Care by Elizabeth Peters (a sort of Gothic modernish mystery.) On my TBR list are The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport (Historical Romance) and the next three Harry Bosch novels by Michael Connelly (Cop noir thrillers.)

Each book I read influences my writing. Each movie I watch influences my storytelling. I can tell if I've been reading a lot of modern settings if I'm having to weed anachronisms out of my writing at a frantic pace. I can tell if I've been watching a lot of westerns because my heroes take on a more manly, rugged, mythical quality.

How about you? Do you see what you're reading/watching showing up in your books? What are you currently reading and what's calling to you from your ToBeRead pile?

16 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I picked up a book at the library that's blowing me away. Books like this trigger everything writing-related inside of me. I forget the author...the name of the book: The Grief of Others. Strong writing!
    ~ Wendy

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    1. That sounds like some heavy reading, Wendy. You're always so brave to tackle the heart-issues.

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  2. I definitely see what I'm reading/watching showing up in my writing. I go on Gilmore Girls kicks every now and then and marathon my way through whole seasons. And suddenly I'll find myself writing quirky dialogue. :)

    One of my absolute favorite authors is Susan May Warren and every time I read one of her novels, I pick up on something I want to incorporate into my own.

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    1. Is it sad that I've never seen the Gilmore Girls? For snappy dialogue, I watch The Lion In Winter...really, anything with Katharine Hepburn.

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  3. Love Game of Thrones' series. I'm currently on the second novel A Clash of Kings. Yes, whatever I'm reading or watching on TV tends to show up in my writing. Right now, I'm on an Avengers kick. I have to be careful, because I'm writing a historical romance. I can't have my cowboy talking like Thor :-)

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    1. Game of Thrones has me so off center right now. I don't know who to like and who to fear.

      There's a lot of similarity between cowboys and super heroes. :D

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  4. I'm reading Wish You Were Here by Beth Vogt. It's a fun book. Next up is The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport. These are a good representation of what I read. I'm a romance gal all the way. My favorites are historical romances, but I enjoy a contemporary from time to time, too.

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    1. I love happily ever after, too! I especially love those historical romances where I feel like I learn something about the era and setting as I read.

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  5. Hi Erica, I want to introduce myself before I comment. My name is Jennifer and I live in Texas and am pursuing a writing career...well a fictional one. I'm a journalist and am ready to follow my dreams.

    I am definitely affected by the things I watch on TV. When I find something that moves me in some way, anger, sadness, or romantic, I take note of it and use it as inspiration when I need to conjure up those same emotions when I write.

    Right now on my TBR list I have Julie Lessman, Cami Tang and Deanne Gist. I better get started...:)

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    1. Hi, Jennifer! So nice to meet you! Go hard after that dream!

      You're wise to analyse the parts of books or movies or tv shows that resonate with you. Novels are supposed to be an emotional experience.

      You've got a great TBR list. As a Texan, will you be attending the ACFW Conference in Dallas this fall? I'd love to meet you there.

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    2. I haven't decided yet if I will be attending the ACFW Conference. It's a little overwhelming for me at this point and think my nerves have the decision part of my brain on edge.

      I would love to, but it's so intimidating. Was it like that for you when you first attended? Or is this your first?

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    3. This will be my fifth conference. Don't let it overwhelm you. The ACFW has set up a first timer's loop that will open a few weeks before the conference where you can ask every question you can think of, meet some folks online that you can find at the conference in person, and they also have an orientation time before the conference opens just for the first timers. The attendees will embrace you, welcome you, and you will make so many friends and contacts. Just go with the mindset of learning all you can, meeting as many folks as you can, and having fun. ACFW is a big family where nobody is a stranger. :)

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  6. I love a good John Wayne movie too -- both a western, like Rio Bravo, and action movies like HellFighters or Hatari. Have you seen those?
    I've read The Pursuit of Lucy Banning (excellent storyworld)and now I'm on to Submerged by Danni Pettrey. Also loved Rachel Hauck's The Wedding Dress.

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    1. Oh, Beth, you just listed three of my FAVORITE John Wayne movies. Add in El Dorado, and you've got the top four. :)

      I've got The Pursuit of Lucy Banning in my TBR pile. Can't wait to pick it up. It's one of the most beautiful book covers I've ever seen!

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  7. I just finished Katie Ganshert's debut, Wildflowers from Winter. Loved it! Now I am reading Catching Fire (2nd in the Hunger Games trilogy). After that, I have some regencies I'm gonna read. :)

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    1. I enjoy a good regency from time to time, but my favorite is Victorian. I love Anne Perry's Inspector Monk Victorian mysteries. :)

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