Young children don’t understand the concept of time. So, in order to help my little darlings know when the weekend is approaching, we call Fridays movie night. Beginning on Mondays, we count how many days until movie night.
I, for one, am thankful it’s movie night. Wednesday night I stopped by the library and borrowed five movies for the weekend. Some I’ve seen many times before, and others are new releases that I really liked.
Tonight, Hubby and I will have date night on the couch. We’ll munch on popcorn and enjoy (okay, maybe just me) some chick flicks.
I won’t just be watching the movies though. I’ll be analyzing the films to see what makes them work. Do they have a solid story spine–characters’ greatest dream, greatest fear, the lie they believe, their identity, their black moment, etc.
We did this at the recent My Book Therapy Deep Thinkers’ retreat. We watched About a Boy with Hugh Grant, analyzed the movie for the story spine, symbolism, metaphor, and then discussed how we can add those same elements to make our own story spines straight and strong.
Tonight I’m watching The Back-up Plan and The Princess Bride. I have yet to meet anyone who does not love Buttercup and Wesley. I watched The Back-up Plan once, not expecting more than fluff, but I ended up really liking it.
I’ll let you know next week what spine I put together. Just so you know, this is not easy for me, so I may goof. You may have a different idea of the story spine. Next week, I will blog about story spines and how to make yours stronger! Until then, “have fun storming the castle!”
Your turn: When you read or watch movies, do you take time to analyze them to see how the writers put together the different elements? What is your favorite novel or movie? Are you able to find the characters’ greatest dreams, greatest fears, etc.?