I stumbled onto one of my favorite childhood show’s opening theme song today. I will share with you what it is in a moment. But first let me tell you that it opened the flood gates of memory to all the shows I grew up watching. I always knew the shows I watched as a child impacted my writing. But today made me focus on the details in a much more poignant way.
The Dark Crystal:
This was the first movie I watched that scared me. I loved it for its beautiful colors and whimsical moments of comic relief. But also, it was the first show for me that touched on the “you must complete this task or the world is over”. It stuck with me. The high fantasy quest became something I craved.
The Never Ending Story:
I watched this movie over and over. The idea that a book could sweep you away on adventures with people and magical creatures kept me spellbound. This movie is, by far and away, the most obvious influence in my YA fantasy. *coughs* My book “The Sound of the Stones” has a book such as this;)
The Last Unicorn:
This was another dark movie. It snapped me from my sunshine and puppy dog bubble and opened my eyes to oppression. It also showed me a bumbling hero sort with character flaws. And it stirred interest in the idea of forbidden love. Plus unicorns, who doesn’t love a unicorn?
This one…lifted the veil on the idea of love. Like tingly, lights dancing in your eyes love. It was beautifully shot. The costuming and makeup were fantastic, and the music was epic. I write to some of the music from the soundtrack and pretend I’m dancing in a forest full of floaty orbs of light. Don’t judge me. And once again we have a unicorn. Unicorns for the win! The idea that love can conquer evil was introduced to me in this movie.
This movie might have been the first time I was attracted to the bad guy. Before Loki there was Jareth – The Goblin King. He had big hair, makeup, and wore tights – everything a good eighties teen crush should have. David Bowie…that is all.
This was the opening theme song I stumbled on this morning. Don’t laugh at me. Fraggles are epic. As I watched this video this morning the cave structure reminded me of a very important backdrop in my book. And then it smacked me like a sock full of marbles. I had been picturing this cave the entire time I wrote “The Sound of the Stones” but didn’t realize it until today. The mind is a funny, fickle thing. I’m so glad I had Fraggles. Life just wouldn’t be the same without them.
I’m interested in what shows or movies impacted your life? Let me know in the comments. Perhaps I will find a new favorite from one of yours!
The Sound of the Stones – September 18th 2015