Truth be told, I’m not the world’s greatest reader. Don’t mistake me, I love to read. However, I don’t love to read everything. I’m not one who can power through a book simply because I’ve begun it. If a story hasn’t captured my imagination or engaged my mind or emotions by the time I’m through a few chapters, I’ll put it down and forget it. I don’t read quickly and there are only a handful of books, or less, which I ever bother to read more than once. What I consider a good book (very subjectively) is one that grabs my imagination, descriptive and sincere enough to create scenes, characters and events in my mind’s eye. If the imagination doesn’t care about what I’m seeing on the pages, then no other part of me cares about it either. I think this is why I also enjoy movies and television so much. Seeing fictional lives play out in front of my eyes is one of my favorite things. I’m a visual person. Granted, the movies and television shows permit my imagination to be rather lazy, but I won’t pretend I don’t prefer them to a lot of other activities. I get excited when I see a trailer for a new movie and it leaves me with that desirable eagerness to see the full film. I adore television series acted so sincerely and written so well that the characters and their stories become things a person can’t help caring about from week to week. My hope with writing fiction includes the aim of creating people the readers want to have in their lives.
I’m excited for this new movie, “Love Happens”. Okay, so I’m willing to see basically anything that stars Aaron Eckhart because, well, I love him, but this really does look good. Sappy? Probably. Predictable? Probably. But also warm, comforting and sigh-worthy. This one looks awfully sweet too: “Paper Heart.”