A List of Favorites

I’m reading Alexandra Sokoloff’s WRITING LOVE: SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS II. I always read a craft book in between novels to jumpstart my next book and get my head in the right place. Writing Love

In Part One: Story Structure, the assignment is to list ten books and films similar to our story in both genre and structure. She then asks readers to break the stories from our list down and analyze why they have an impact on us specifically. She says the movies and books that make it onto our list say a lot about us and what we like or what we are trying to say with our books.

I find this theory very interesting and thought I’d share my list. We had to list at least five movies and three books. Here’s mine, in no particular order:

1. When Harry Met Sally

2. Love Actually

3. Catch and Release

4. The Wedding Date

5. Pretty Woman

6. Chesapeake Blue (Nora Roberts)

7. Belong to Me (Marisa de los Santos)

8. After You’d Gone (Maggie O’Farrell)

9. Nobody’s Baby but Mine (Susan Elizabeth Phillips)

10. Peachtree Road (Anne Rivers Siddons)

I made this list pretty quickly and I’m sure I left off some good ones, but I feel pretty comfortable with what I’ve put down. I haven’t analyzed what they mean yet, but I’m looking forward to figuring out what it is about each of these works that speaks to me.

Just for fun and if you have the time, I’d love to see a list of your favorite books and movies. If not, go ahead and guess what my list means. 🙂


About Christy Hayes

A wife, a mother and a writer of romantic women's fiction. I love dogs, exercise and cable news.

Posted on May 13, 2013, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I haven’t read the books you list but I’ve seen most of the movies and enjoyed them as well. Don’t they all deal with the sometimes crooked path to forever love?

  2. I’m not sure I can think of ten! Movies:
    The Proposal, Life as We Know It, Sleepless in Seattle, Books: Wallflower (Claire Cook), Nobody’s Baby But Mine (SEP), The Promise (Danielle Steele), For the Love of Pete (Julia Harper)

    • Christy Hayes

      OMG, Tracy! I meant Nobody’s Baby but mine! I got the name messed up…Off to change that now!!

  3. Janna Qualman

    I’ll have to put some thought into this. Off the top of the head are authors, not just books, and one movie: The Family Stone. But all I know is that I WANT to write my novels like that movie plays out—I feel it well in me every time I watch it—I’m not sure that I do. Hmm.

    • Christy Hayes

      I LOVE The Family Stone, Janna! Good one and such a good goal for a novel! Thanks for waking up my brain.

  4. Christy Hayes

    I thought of some new ones:
    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
    10 Things I Hate About You
    Can’t Buy Me Love
    17 Again
    August Rush
    27 Dresses

  5. Sounds like you’re writing romantic comedy, Christy. I love the books and movies that you mention. Most of them would go on my list too, especially the ones that include crazy family members.

    BTW. I loved Alexandra’s book. I probably need to reread it. 🙂

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