Second, I watched Real Steel (twice) and that made me realise how much the depiction of a strong movie character can influence my writing. My favourite characters are the ones that "grow" during the course of the film, that make a slow alteration between the (possible) jerk that they were at the beginning of the film into that person you can respect, admire, even love.
Actually, not only movie characters either, but other book characters, singers, songs, anything can tug at my emotions and make me really feel. Usually it's a character that's depicted so well I get this weird, protective surge inside me, and if such a character (book characters usually, and any character in a ballad song) were real, I would do everything in my power to try and get him/her to heaven. With movie characters and singers, at least they're real so I can pray for them. :) I know, it's funny, but the movies and songs and books I like best are the ones that make me wish I knew such a person, and that I had someone like that to love.
Here is a list of some of the people, songs, and characters that have made me feel:
- Josh Groban. He first did it with his song "Remember When It Rained," and he's been doing it to me ever since.
- Morgon in the Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy, a character written by Patricia McKillip.
- The Highwayman, written by Alfred Noyes and put to music by Loreena McKennit.
- David Wenham as Faramir in the Lord of the Rings movie. (In the books, it was Gandalf.)
- Tom in Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones
- Steve (Chris Evans) in Captain America
- James Braddock (Russell Crowe) in Cinderella Man
- Mark Williams, my music teacher, who will also be playing the Phantom in a production near Tahoe.