You might be a Once Upon A Time fan if…..
- Unless there is a dire emergency, Sunday night at 8PM, you are home, watching OUAT.
- You ship one of the following relationships: Rumbelle, Captain Swan, Snowing, etc.
- You have read or written Once Upon A Time fanfiction.
- You look at the previous Disney adaptations of the fairy tales with new eyes.
- You wait with baited breath for the footage and the interviews from comic-con.
- You have a new appreciation for Lost (if you don’t have one already).
- You thank Adam and Eddy for writing strong, smart, capable female characters.
- You follow the actors on the various social media platforms.
- And finally, you are counting down the days until September 27th, when season 5 premieres.
The clip above, to me, illustrates why many of us write.
For every Danielle Steel and Stephen King, there many writers who do not have that level of professional success.
Many of us have full time “real world” jobs.
But we do it because we love it.
We love writing because it gives us a sense of freedom.
We love writing because our characters can speak and act in ways that we may feel unsure about doing in our own lives.
We love writing because we have a story that we want to tell.
We love writing because we long for adventure, but we feel stuck in the modern daily grind.
We love writing because we can truly be ourselves when we write.
We love writing, because to borrow a quote from Charlotte Bronte “because we cannot help it”.
Yesterday marked the day that Jane Austen died. She was only 41 years old.
In her lifetime, she saw four of her books published: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. Her first and last novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published posthumously.
In the 198 years since her passing, her name and her writing has become legendary. Her writing has become synonymous with romantic comedy and romantic drama. Her characters leap right off the page. Millions of readers return to her books multiple times over when they need a break from the real world and it’s troubles.
She inspired and continues to inspire generations of female writers.
Her books have been adapted in unanticipated ways: Bollywood (Bride and Prejudice, Aisha), multi media platform (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), murder mysteries (Death Comes To Pemberley) and much more.
Her books bring about passionate debates about characters and story lines.
Modern writers have tried to emulate her writing, but there are only a few who can truly replicate her magic with a quill and paper.
In short, while her physical form is no longer of this world, her spirit and her writing lives on.
Long live Jane Austen!
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