Happy Monday All,
The Sy-Fy (that's how they spell it) Channel was doing a showing of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, so, of course, my husband, being a Star Wars fan sat and watched (I was in and out, because part of the time I was napping and the other part I was doing other things). But it occurred to me: we [my husband and I] don't always watch those 3 movies that came out in the 70's/80's (even though we own them on DVD) but anytime they are on, we'll watch. We can quote them almost word for word, we know exactly what's going to happen, but it doesn't change the fact it's a great story.
What is it about movies and books like Star Wars that invokes that starry-eyed "I LOVED THAT!" response in us? Sometimes we can say "Oh, great story, great characters." Other times it's something intangible.
When a person says ,"'Tis a far, far better thing I do..." immediately (anyone who's either seen the movies or read the book) will say "Sydney!" Sydney Carlton didn't start off the hero, but ended up being one. The name Charles Dickens is synonymous with characters like Sydney and Scrooge. We know the names, we can quote passages, and we can read them more than once and still think, "Wow!"
Another example...if I was to say the name Darcy you'd know right away I was talking about Pride & Prejudice. Some of you might even run and get your worn out copy of the book by Jane Austen. Others might start arguing over whether or not Colin Firth embodied the role of Darcy like no other actor.
Either way, there's something about certain books and movies that invoke feelings in us. Three notes make us think of the famous shark from the Jaws movies. The word 'phantom' draws up the image of a man in a black cape and a mask. These things have transcended time and still thrill us to our very bones.
So my question to you today is, what books/movies of the last 10 years do you think will go on to transcend time and become a classic?
Have A Momentous Monday!