Stranded on a Deserted Island

Tropical island, ThailandIf you were stranded on a deserted island, what three books would you want to have with you?

  1. The Bible (that goes without saying)
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  3. A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

What three movies would you want to have? (Imagine, being stranded on an island and having a TV & DVD player!)

  1. The Avengers
  2. Ever After: A Cinderella Story
  3. The Incredibles

And finally, what three current TV shows would you like to have access to? (Even more miraculous is this island having cable!)

  1. Blue Bloods
  2. Once Upon a Time
  3. Falling Skies

Now, there is a reason I ask this. In a writing class I recently took, the teacher asked what three movies we’d like to have with us if we were stranded on a deserted island. She said, chances were, that’s likely what genre we would write best. I looked at my three movies and chuckled. Read below for my analysis.

For those of you who are authors, how do your entertainment choices compare with the genre you write in?

Books: This matches my writing style very well. I write novels dealing with broken, messy lives, novels that have their dark moments, novels that have strong romantic elements. Deep characterization is also vital. The difference is, I write contemporary works. Though A Voice in the Wind is Biblical fiction, and Jane Eyre is a period piece, both stories deal with issues relevant to today.

Movies: Comparisons? I’d be stretching it. I think the difference is, with a movie I just want an escape, to be entertained, but with a novel, I’m immersing myself in the character’s lives.

TV: Again, the comparisons are few.I don’t write police procedurals or fantasy or sci-fi. What attracts me to these shows is that in all three family is essential, and all there have elements of faith.

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