When I first began listening to podcasts, I stumbled across Will Write For Wine, hosted by Lani Diane Rich (Lucy March) and CJ Barry (Samantha Graves). Of course, I thought, "What an excellent concept. Two of my favourite things. Let's bang those together and see what falls out.", and listened to them all. I loved those podcasts, with their dangerously teetering blend of writing craft and drinking games. Sadly, those podcasts finished up in March last year. In fact, before I started subscribing. D'oh.
Stumbling to find something to fill the void, I came across another Lani Diane Rich podcast, this time with the stunningly clever Jennifer Crusie, called Popcorn Dialogues. In PopD, these two watch a movie, then tear it apart, using the conventions of romance writing craft, to ask why some things work and some don't. It's really very cool.
They loved ENCHANTED, and tore HITCH into bloody, twitchy little lumps. They began with 1950's rom coms and are now just heading into a series they've dubbed "Hitmen in Love".
On the website, PopD's catch-cry is "watching movies to write better novels". So I thought I'd give it a red-hot go.
I've raided the DVD cabinet, and Kmart's bargain bins, and my mum's TV cupboard. Plus my wardrobe and the space under my bed (I'm one of those people that finds things on the spesh and sekrits them away around my house to give away as gifts. There's a very good chance 90% of these items won't ever be found again.), and I've collected some romcom DVDs.
Here's what I've got (images from www.imdb.com):
Didn't McConaughey have some weird off-screen bizzo going on? Or was that the guy from STARSKY & HUTCH? Are they the same guy? I mix them up, mainly because they're not...
I don't think I even care if this isn't educational. I'm in it for the pictures. Hopefully, he loses his shirt within the first five to ten minutes.
Jack Black. I like him in SCHOOL OF ROCK, and Tenacious D's TRIBUTE just stuck him with superglue in my book of cool. Which leads me to...
Book - Check
I can feel the educationment happening already...
Finally, I've found these, which I realise aren't romcoms, but they're going on the TBW pile anyhoo:
I'm quite satisfied just by the title. I mean, really, how could this one not be fabulous?
They rocked. They rolled. Then they sank.
So, how's my DVD stack looking? Have you seen any? Are any of them going to change my life? Or will they make my eyes bleed?