Monday, 17 August 2020

Favourite book or movie quotes and why

 The last time book quotes came up on Long and Short Reviews I posted one from Isaac Asimov about one of his fellow writers achieving an impossible dream. This time I gave some thought to film quotes, although whether they're as inspiring is open to question.

One favourite of mine is a very simple one from "The Conjuring". Ed and Lorraine Warren are discussing whether she should come with him on a paranormal investigation, as Ed wants to protect her, so Lorraine brings up the fact that he once said they had been brought together for a reason. But it's the way she introduces it that I love.

Lorraine: "Do you remember what you said to me on our wedding night?"

Ed: "Can we do it again?"

Lorraine: "After that."

It's a beautiful character moment, because people often forget that films, even horror films, live and die on their characters, and it's important that we buy into Ed and Lorraine's loving relationship for the film to have an effect.

My other favourite quote is technically not from a film, as originally it's from a poem by Arthur O'Shaughnessy. In "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", Willy Wonka whispers "We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams." As a writer I love this quote, as it sums up a lot of what I love about writing - the fantasy and the creation. It's the sort of thing that keeps me working when I have a character who refuses to do what she's told.

So what are your favourite quotes?

17 comments:

  1. I love that quote from Willy Wonka and I'm glad to know where it came from originally. I didn't know that and am now heading to read the entire poem. My post is here if you want to stop by.

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    1. I had to look it up myself - I knew it was from a poem but not which one.

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  2. Ooh! Good ones. I've never read the Willy Wonka poem. I've read the book a bunch of times. Now I must find it.

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  3. Great choices! I didn't think of Willy Wonka at all. My list is here.

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  4. That's a great quote! And I love that moment in Willy Wonka, honestly. But then, that's like one of my all-time favorite movies, too. :D

    My post

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  5. Great list. I have characters than don't do what they are told too. It's part of what makes writing fun. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/favorite-book-or-movie-quotes-lsrs-wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge/

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  6. Two excellent examples. I like the "Can we do it, again." https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/08/wc-081920.html

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  7. I like that one from the conjuring - all films should have some humour in I think, or it's not like real life.
    https://whenitdoes.blogspot.com/2020/08/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge.html

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    1. Exactly. And a couple who laugh together are more convincing.

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