Stories come in many different forms: poems, novels, short stories, TV shows, movies, songs, music videos…and they each entertain, educate and move in their own special way. I think different media teach us a lot about narrative structure, characters and dialogue. And the more we learn, the more we grow.
Here are my Friday Favourites:
Favourite Film: My favourite movie pick of this week is Interstellar. It’s about astronauts that are sent into space to explore new planets to save a dying Earth. Not only was the cinematography superb, it had a great storyline that touched on themes such as the human spirit. I thought the script was really well-written too. This movie made me think about mind-boggling things such as fifth dimensions, the theory of relativity and wormholes…whoa! Plus, I’ve watched my second Oscar film this year. Success!
Favourite Book: I’m currently reading and loving the The Fault in Our Stars. This is a touching and poignant story about Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teen who’s been fighting terminal cancer for three years. She meets Augustus Waters at her cancer support group and life gets interesting. Although this book focuses on the sad and sombre reality of cancer, it is interspersed with fun humour and a light-hearted touch. John Green really knows how to relate to a young generation.
Favourite TV Show: Vikings is a TV show I watch religiously, even more so than Game of Thrones. This is an Irish-Canadian co-production that tells the story of the ambitious Ragnar Lothbrok, who rises from the position of a farmer to a King, sailing across the waters to England and other lands. This show is flawless in every way: the scriptwriting is polished and flows naturally, especially with the inclusion of the English Saxon and Norse languages; the characters are well-developed, each with their own internal conflict; the costumes, set design and scenery are very realistic; and the touch of mythology adds a captivating element to the show. Not only is it entertaining but it’s educational as well.
Each of these have taught me something about storytelling that I hope to emulate in my own work.
What are some of your favourite entertainment picks?