Greetings, sweet romance readers!
I'm so excited to be a part of this amazing group of authors (and readers). I look forward to getting to know all of you.
debated about what my first blog topic should be. Should I tell you a
bit about myself, or wax poetic about my latest writing project or
perhaps venture into my (vocal) opinions regarding my favorite movies
and TV shows (something I will probably be doing a lot in coming
months). Then I realized, I can do all three by telling you a bit about
the movie that turned me in to a lover of romance. No, it's not STAR
WARS, although that turned me into a lover of Han Solo (who's with me on
that?). This is the movie, that if I was stranded on a desert island
(with electricity!), I'd bring a DVD of (or store on my tablet of
choice). It's a movie that I've owned on VHS, DVD, and digital format.
If I'm flipping channels and come across it, I stop. It's impossible to
switch off. It is my go to for a romance reboot, and it never, ever
disappoints. It also illustrates that I'm more of an old-fashioned geek
than you might expect a child of the 70's to be. Weaned on classic
Hollywood movies and Saturday morning movie-a-thons, there's only one
film it could possibly be: The Adventures of Robin Hood.
Yes, I mean the classic
Robin Hood--the Errol Flynn version (which in my mind is the only one
that counts). Long before I dreamed about writing, I fell in love with
falling in love and there isn't a movie that exemplified that fall more
than this movie (at the time). Yes, there's adventure and action and a
cast of crazy, fun characters, there's also solid story telling with all
the elements we writers are told to behold. But at its core, there's
Errol Flynn as Robin of Loxley, fighting for the forgotten and abused,
fighting the system and setting Sherwood Forest on fire with all those
sparks with Maid Marion.
no one kissed a woman's hand like this guy. But I digress. Ask any of
my writer friends and they'll tell you, I'm a fan of the spitfire
heroine. It's what I write and what I prefer to read. You know the kind
of heroine I'm talking about: the kind you don't have to worry
about because she can take care of herself. At a time this movie was
made (1938), strong, independent heroines got a bad wrap or were made
out to be the "bad girls", but Olivia deHaviland's Marion broke the
model. Or maybe it's that she established it. You can see these
two falling for each other from each stubborn look to a simple kiss of
the hand. Now that I write sweet romance (along with other genres), I
see that this movie hits all the emotional buttons I want to hit as a storyteller. If you think the lesson of this movie is don't mess with Robin, I
might take issue and claim that Marion more than holds her own. Also,
would they have defeated Prince John without her?
I think back to my early days of reading and writing romance, I often
call on those twisty, turny, squishy feelings I still get when I watch
the interplay between Errol Flynn and his heroine of choice (he and
Olivia made a lot of movies together--and their chemistry is evident in
every single one). Thank you, Hollywood, for giving me the gift of this
movie (and so many others). In fact, I think it's time to pop this
puppy in the DVD player again...cause I feel like falling in love.
Today & National Bestselling author Anna J Stewart writes sweet
romance for Harlequin Heartwarming and contemporary romance for Berkley
InterMix. Feel free to drop by her website to read more about her and her books and to join her mailing list--you never know what you might win just by subscribing!