Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Publishing in Film

Not only do I love reading, but I love movies. One thing that I always find interesting is current trends in movies. Whether that be a setting, or a type of character (like a prince charming, or the dying girl that doesn't want you to fall in love with her because she's dying), or a general theme -- I like to look for these things.

Lately I have seen a few movies that have been so enjoyable to me partially because of their related thematic settings -- the publishing world.

If I go back, one of the first movies I remember seeing about the writing world was Finding Neverland. I thought it was an incredibly beautiful movie that took you into the world of the famous Peter Pan playwright. It was fascinating to me the way they showed his imagination and what it was that inspired him to write. I love his comment about writing. "All great writers begin with a good leather binding and a respectable title." It made me want to put my laptop aside and try writing in a leather notebook by hand.

Then there was The Proposal. Heavily set in the publishing world the main characters work in NYC as an editor and editor's assistant. It shows the busy life of an editor and the range of the things they do for the buisness. It shows that working in the publishing world is about passion, gusto and time. People do it because they love it.

And most recently I saw Post Grad. Alexis Bledel's character's fondest dream has been to graduate and work for a publishing company set in LA. When things don't work out the way she expected her life is thrown into chaos as she doesn't know how to deal with not acheiving her dream. One of my favorite parts was when she was scoping out a new apartment for her dream life. She stood against a large blank wall and asked her friend "What do you see here?" His response: "White paint". Her response: "No, my books. Bookshelves and bookshelves of my babies. Organized by author, no genre, maybe date of publication. Hmmm." (These quotes are from memory since I couldn't find the actual text online.) It showed once again that people who strive to be in the publishing world are people who just LOVE books.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite movie that involves the publishing world? Why do you think that it is an interesting setting for a movie?


Ratliffs said...

Loved your thoughts! As of right now though, I can't seem to think of much, so we'll have to leave it at that! Thanks for giving me some new movies to see though! :)