Not only are films and television and distraction from schoolwork, but they make my list of writing projects longer. Example:
I had a bit of time the other day before I went to bed, so I decided to watch the film adaptation of one of my favorite novels of all time: Vanity Fair. LOVELY book, BRILLIANT film, and I have to wonder a bit about why it is that Johnathan Rhys Myers is SO good at playing a petulant spoiled brat. But beyond that, it got me thinking about my passion for Victorian literature.
All right, so it’s not exactly a Victorian novel. It’s a pre-Victorian novel. BUT, it shares a place in my heart with Dickins and Tolstoy, and therefore I include it in that same category.
So as I’m watching this movie, I decide to WRITE A VICTORIAN NOVEL. And when I told Natalie this she was like, “Wait, a novel set in the Victorian era, or written in the Victorian style?”
Seriously, I shouldn’t be allowed to watch ANYTHING. Save me from myself. I beg you. Except don’t, because all my best ideas occur to me when I’m watching stuff.
On a different note, Rhys Ifans was a PERFECT Dobbin. Superb.