3.07.2013

inspired by...tragedy and darkness

TRAGEDY and DARKNESS (muwahahahahaha!)
 
i've recently been given hints that what i write is on the darker side of things. a friend of mine asked if i'd please write something with a happy ending. then my mom asked if i ever write anything fun :)
 
one of my all time favorite stories is romeo and juliet. and the best - THE BEST - adaptation is the 1996 film with claire danes and leonardo dicaprio. it. is. brilliant. tragic? yes. dark? yes...
 
 
  
 
 
 
but before all of that tragedy is beauty...
 
 
 
 
and, dare i say? fun...
 
 
 
 
with tragedy and suffering often come beauty and certainly inspiration. i need to write what inspires me and what inspires me are the deeper, darker moments of life. because without darkness there would be no light, no passion, no fire...
 


 
 

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32 comments:

  1. I got chills reading this. I love the beauty before the darkness, or when the two are entwined. I love it so much it's the title of my my current WIP--DARKEST BEAUTY. Amazing post!! :)

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    1. thanks kate - i think i gave myself chills and now NEED to watch that movie (for the 100th time, lol!)!!! and...LOVE that title!

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  2. I definitely have a thing for "dark" as well - though I'm also a sucker for a happy ending. I think I fall in love with my characters to the degree that I can't bring myself to give them a tragic ending, if that makes sense?

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    1. i love my characters too, but i also enjoy torturing them a bit. i will say, my endings, while not always 'happy', are hopeful.

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  3. Love your gifs! I have a soft spot for that movie... reminds me of my teenage angst years. (Which never quite left me). Yes, tragedy and darkness, the cornerstones of the human experience: the opposite of exhilaration and light, we need you to understand that light. Great post!

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    1. thanks lovely!

      and...i'm obsessed with gif's and i have alex to blame (she showed me the ways!)!

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  4. Wonderful post! I have to admit, I've never paid much attention to that movie. I think I should. I love darker stories, too.

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    1. it's brilliant tracey - the movie, the adaptation, the soundtrack...all so, so good.

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  5. Hahahaha :D I get this a lot also! Darkness is the best inspiration.

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  6. Oh weren't they so young and amazing. I love the darker subject matter too - so much so my crit partners told me to stop killing off so many of my characters. What I enjoy is the cautionary side of it too - it reminds you to hold what you love close and don't take it for granted. Keep mining that vein!

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  7. I'm a dark writer too, and people often ask why I pry into the shadows. Simply put, sometimes moving through the darkness brings us to the light at the other side. :-)

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  8. I love dark beginnings — tragedy, sorrow, taking my characters to dark places. Then I like using the rest of the story to bring them into a bit of the light. It actually makes even the tiniest happy moments much more effective!

    I say embrace the dark, and push yourself to push your characters to their emotional limits.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for reading John and I will continue embracing the dark...always...

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  9. I love that film! I have it in my DVD collection. Reading your post has inspired me to watch it again - maybe tonight!! And I think you only appreciate the light in life when you've experienced the darkness.

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    1. Oh good - me too! Thanks for stopping by Elaine :)

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  10. That was a pretty awesome movie when it came out..yes, even as a guys I can say that:)

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    1. My husband loves it too Mark. I think it was pretty well-rounded in that respect...any gooshy lovey stuff was balanced out with violence, lol.

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  11. I saw this film when it came out (I was 13) and it was the first timee I went to the theatre alone with my friends instead of with my parents. I loved it so much! Great memories... you've made me want to watch it again!

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    1. What a great memory indeed! It came out the year I graduated HS...so I was definitely in that teenage angsty period of my life :p

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  12. This is interesting. Whenever I see a movie I want Legally Blonde happy, fluff. I got really pissed (despite thinking it's a brilliant movie) when my husband convinced me to watch Requiem For A Dream. When I write scripts, however, I lean towards the dark... but desperately want to write comedy. He likes the dark and then draws cartoons. I guess we all have our own balance. I agree that this R&J was brilliant!!

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    1. I hear ya... I haven't seen Requiem, but now I really want to, lol. And yes, it is brilliant indeed. Thanks for reading.

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  13. There's nothing wrong with a little (or you know, a lot of) darkness. It makes the happy parts that much better - though I will admit to preferring my happy closer to the end. ;)

    I haven't seen that film in years, but I really need to watch it soon!

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    1. Yes, re-watch it Chris! You won't regreat it... :)

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  14. I have to admit, I've never seen that movie. But now I want to. Great post!

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    1. So glad I'm bringing it to new viewers! You won't regret it...

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  15. I haven't seen this Romeo and Juliet, but I want to now.

    http://otherworlddiner.blogspot.com/2013/03/inspiration-from-news.html

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  16. I'm totally with you on this being the best adaptation. Zeffirelli had nothing on Baz Luhrman. Can't wait to see his Gatsby. And I had Desiree's "Kissing You" on a loop for most of high school!

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    1. Totally Kristina! And yes, I still play that soundtrack...over...and...over...

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