I found the idea intriguing and began a list of my own. I’m sure as I grow and learn it will change. Kauffman and Sokoloff say, “the list should be fluid, not written in stone.”
Here’s what I came up with:
1. The Princess and the Warrior/Der Krieger und die Kaiserin
2. Life as a House
3. P.S. I Love You (novel by Cecelia Ahern and movie)
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (novel and movie) by Stephen Chbosky
5. Apollo 13 (based on the book Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell)
7. The Avengers
8. The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister by Nonna Bannister
9. Solomon and Gaenor
10. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
As you can tell, I’m influenced by different genres and this list leans heavily on movies. The theme is unmistakable though. Grief, struggle (sometimes against seemingly insurmountable odds) and triumph.
Occasionally, it’s cut and dry like The Avengers and Transformers battling maniacal foes. Other times it’s not so simple, like a dying man wanting to reconnect with his son before it’s too late or a teenager with emotional instability trying to find his place in the world. Overcoming grief, accepting the sometimes insane dictates of society and battling evil when we find ourselves in positions that violate our moral code. All these things resonate with me. Most of my stories include variations of these themes in some form.
At first I thought I would say I wish I had written these books. That’s not true. I’m enjoying Roth’s vision and greatly anticipate the conclusion to the trilogy.
See, my list is already fluid. What would your list look like?