The career of being an author was romanticized for me from a young age when I read Harriet the Spy and started keeping a detailed journal.
Then there was (of course) Romancing the Stone, which I saw after I’d started reading romance books. How fun to see the stories I’d just recently discovered discussed on screen (although as a child, I didn’t understand many of the stereotypes). One of the early scenes that features romance writer Joan Wilder crying over her manuscript is a classic. However, I still haven’t cried while writing any of my stories.
Two of my favorite films featuring somewhat humorous looks at both published and aspiring authors are Room with a View and Cold Comfort Farm. As mocking as E.M. Forster is in his portrayal of writer Eleanor Lavish, I love her over the top aesthetic and unapologetic use of other people’s lives for her fiction.
If you haven’t seen Cold Comfort Farm, I highly recommend it. Protagonist Flora intends to write a novel when she’s fifty and has gathered life experience. You can see her early attempt at literary greatness at 1 minute and 25 seconds.
Romance books aren’t strangers to the use of authors as protagonists. In Georgette Heyer’s Sylvester, the heroine is an author, in Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, the heroine is revealed to be a gossip columnist. Do you have a favorite book or movie featuring a writer?