If you are watching a movie that is based on a book, the movie will always be better. Always. But what about movies about writing books? Here are some of my favorites.
- Finding Forrester. This movie is about a reclusive writer and the boy who befriends him, or at least draws him out of his shell. Plus, who doesn’t like Sean Connery? I teared up at a few points, earning this movie a solid 8/10.
- Miss Potter. Beatrix Potter ( played by Renée Zellweger) struggles to be taken seriously as a female author and artist in a world dominated by men. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, this movie also gets an 8/10.
- Dead Poets Society. Ah, Robin Williams at his finest. “O Captain! My Captain!” sends chills down my spine every time. Although not strictly about writing, this movie follows the life of several students and the teacher who challenges the way they look at the world and themselves. One of the few movies I give a 10/10.
I’ll leave you with this quote:
“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys—to woo women—and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do.” –Dead Poets Society.