Sunday, February 13, 2011
I'll think about that tomorrow
Quick - name that movie! :) Okay, the movie poster was a giveaway, but it's on television as I write this (12:30 a.m. EST).
I still haven't decided if it's a romance or not. I mean, we have the ol' boy-meets-girl, boy-wants-girl, boy-gets-girl, boy-screws-up, but in the end does he get her? And do we really want him to? I mean, yes, Scarlett changes through the movie, but she's still self-centered in the end. She's also not much of a heroine in the traditional sense - someone we want to root for.
But she's a survivor. Whatever you think of Scarlett, she's a survivor. But is that enough?
What is it about this movie that we love? What's making me sit here for three plus hours, watching something I've seen half a dozen times before? I know how it ends; I can repeat most of the dialogue and I know which scene is coming next. So what's the draw?
Some would argue it's Rhett.
Hmmm... I can't deny that. Clark Gable is pretty darn suave, and those dimples... Sigh. That charm has carried through seven decades, and the seven times--at least--that I've seen the movie. I even named my first genie book, what is now I Dream of Genies, after the movie. The original working title was Gone With The Djinn, but Marketing didn't think "djinn" was marketable or recognizable enough. I was playing off the fact that, in my story, Eden, the genie, is whisked off to the Sahara by the evil vizier and Matt, the hero, goes after her. A nice little play on the title, and who can resist Clark?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie. And others. Like Casablanca. I watched that one for the first time while researching Genie Knows Best and I have to tell you... I just don't see the appeal. I don't get the "romance" of that one at all.
So, your thoughts?