Sherri Stewart's Blog
June 18, 2018
Many of us have issues, quirks, and problems that had their inception at childhood.
As I finish book 12, it occurs to me that all my lead characters have issues from their past that hamper their present.
Any friends out there who deal with things from their childhood? I'm no shrink, but I can relate. How about sharing what works and what doesn't work? We'll use books, current events, art, movies.... whatever, as prompts to begin.
I'll start with Ragdoll. Ramona had a stepdad who liked to drink.
June 12, 2018
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I've read many of Carol's books, and Fatal Recall didn't disappoint. She's a consummate storyteller, and her novels are enriched with roller coaster moments that rise to danger, giving you just enough time to breathe before the next tense moment arrives. In the midst of thrills, Carol creates characters that we care about. In this case, Paige and Tanner, two adults damaged by their past, meet and see the best in the other, but have difficulty believing that the feeling could be reciprocated. Although Paige, the victim, needs rescuing, she rescues Tanner right back because Paige understands her new identity in Christ. Lovely story with a bottom line that's clearly conveyed.
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September 15, 2017
September 12, 2017
September 1, 2017
The first movie that comes to mind is Back Street which is about a man, played by John Gavin, who is tricked into marrying a drunk, when he really is in love with Susan Hayward's character. I was twelve or thirteen when I saw it for the first time, and I found myself wanting John to stand up to his wife, get a divorce, and be with the one he was in love with. Without thinking about it, I wanted the man to commit adultery.
The next movie that made me root for the bad guy, A Place in the Sun, which is based on Theodore Dreiser's American Tragedy, was about a man, Montgomery Clift, who fell in love with the boss's daughter (Elizabeth Taylor), but his girlfriend, Shelley Winters, was with child. So he took her out in a boat and didn't rescue her when she fell overboard. Something in me wanted him to get away with murder so he could marry the girl of his dreams. (Scott Peterson????)
And who can forget Ocean 11? Who didn't want them to get away with burglary and the theft of millions ?
Movies can be insidious. They can change our values without us even knowing it.
August 25, 2017
My favorite moments are
Rolling down the hill in The Princess Bride
Many scenes in Bridget Jones' Diary
Miss Congeniality--Tell us about a favorite date? April 1, 19998.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding--The aunt
Monty Python and Holy Grail's Black Knight
The wedding shower scene from Bridesmaids
Sometimes, you just gotta laugh. I like to add humor to my books--usually it's at the expense of my main character's flaw. In Come Out of Hiding, Julie has no filter, so her friends have to make her apologies. And Julie knows nothing about children so she does a Google search. In my newest book, The Good Little Nurse, Analise, my main character is naive. Her roommate sets her up on a date for hire because she needs to make some money to pay her dorm fees. In this case, the reader knows more than Analise. Some of the stories were my mother's experiences (not the date for hire). The newborn with the name TP, Analise having to deliver a baby in the snowbank, and getting in trouble for a serenade outside her window. We read for different reasons--sometimes, it's for pure escapism. That's when I enjoy a Stephanie Plum book. They're always good for a laugh out loud.
August 18, 2017
Yes, I'm very old. My favorite was Love Story. But, tell me, what exactly does "Love means never having to say you're sorry," mean? The way I see it, love means saying you're sorry. What do you think?
August 13, 2017
August 11, 2017
I have no trouble thinking of examples of books that are better than their movie counterparts, but it's hard to find movies that are better than the book. How can a two-hour movie effectively outshine the original? Psycho comes to mind. It's not my favorite movie, but it's better than the book, thanks to Herr Hitchcock.
The author of the book called Psycho was Robert Bloch. He portrayed the role of Norman Bates as a middle-aged man, dominated by his mother. He also based the character on a serial killer named Ed Gein. Imagine Norman Bates as a middle-aged man! Hitchcock wisely made the character younger, thinner, and gave him a full head of hair. If he hadn't been so awkward socially, not to mention a taxidermy aficiando, one might have even thought him handsome. The young Norman Bates made the movie pop. Sure the house was spooky, sure showers became verboten, but because Norman Bates was slightly attractive and likeable, the movie became even scarier. The take-away: People prefer evil to be attractive. The very thought makes me shudder.