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I love stories!
I love art forms that tell a story. Paintings, drawings and photos that tell a story draw me in, whereas abstract pictures are a struggle for me. Poems create word tapestries of stories in sometimes stunning language. Songs that tell stories will remain on my heart a long time; indeed, I believe that’s one of the great appeals of music, it tells the stories our hearts long to speak but don’t always know how.
Books and movies, well, they’re the epitome of story telling!
I recently saw the movie Brooklyn. It touched my heart in such a lovely way I know I’ll buy the DVD when it is released. This weekend I saw on tv the movie The Lovely Bones. The narration in this movie is so rich I will now go out and buy the book. When I saw A Hundred Foot Journey, I was amazed by the exquisite cinematography as well as the underlying story the movie told.
Some movies are lifelong favorites which I enjoy for an overall story, or a particular moment. In Shawshank Redemption, there’s this one moment in which an opera song is played over the prison speakers. That moment is pure gold. The ending of the movie as well warms my heart in a lasting way. In Cast Away, there’s one particular scene I always look for that speaks volumes about life. If you’ve seen the movie, feel free to guess at it. There are a number of movies I will watch every time they’re on for their storytelling powers – among them, To Kill A Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Rings (all 3 parts), Love Actually, Now Voyager, Notting Hill.
As for books, I could never list all my favorites, but I will tell you the one that rises to the top: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I wore through three paperbacks of that and at one point had the book memorized. It was a wonderful escape (which most good books or movies are), as well as a powerful story that challenged readers to view social settings in a new way.
Stories are the explanations and decorations of our lives. Through various art forms, they give a new viewpoint, please our eyes, stir our hearts, and sometimes challenge our minds. What are some of your favorite books, songs, movies or artworks that tell unforgettable stories?