Honestly, there is no single answer. Lots of things inspire me. Music is a big one. I can listen to a song and mentally direct a music video for it while driving. There are lots of songs that inspire scenes in my books. Art often inspires me. I paint. In fact, I used to paint murals. You know the feeling of looking at a piece of art and getting lost in the details? The shading, the colors, the emotion you are able to read in that piece? Yeah, that inspires me. Sounds sort of poetic, huh? But I'm also inspired by random people walking down the street, or a box wrapped with hot-pink Duct tape. And the girl chasing the flying leash of a tiny dog that got away. Or the person at the store holding a package of hotdogs and Tums. Are you seeing where I'm going with this? There is potential in every thing you run across.
This weekend, the movie Ladyhawke was playing on BBCA, and it got me thinking. This movie may very well have been my introduction to werewolves. If you've never seen the movie, you really should add it to your to-be watched list. It came out in 1985, so the effects aren't that great compared to what we're used to, but the story... oh, the story is delicious. (Not to mention, Matthew Broderick is in it and absolutely steals the show.) It's a love story with magic, adventure, and a hot guy with a big sword. (Did I just say that? You bet I did!) Anyways, back to my point, I realized that there are a lot of movies, books, TV shows, and Music that helped shape my imagination. What do I mean by that, you ask? Well, there are certain things that I am attracted to in a story. (See aforementioned list about Ladyhawke.) There are certain things that I love when watching a movie. There are things that are guaranteed to make me smile/fist pump/cry when reading a book. I think that the things that caught my attention as a child or young adult are still the things that I love nowadays. The same way that we are products of our childhood, so is our imagination. Well, my imagination anyways.
Here are some of the things that helped shape my love for fantasy and paranormal things. Oh, and my quirky sense of humor. ** Not all of these are sci/fi fantasy, but they had an effect on me as a person.
Legend (No, not I am Legend. *shiver* But the one with a really young Tom Cruise.) (If you haven't seen it, then you have homework this week. Go now and buy,
Willow (Go forth and WATCH!)
Star Wars (Oh, I am a Star Wars fanatic. I could probably tell you most of the aliens species names. I'm a dork and proud of it.)
Star Trek (Confession time. I've been to Star Trek conventions. And I liked it. *hums Katy Perry*)
Harry and the Henderson (My daughter is in LOVE with this movie. I found a Harry doll on eBay for her B-day. Shhh.)
seaQuest (Kind of like Star Trek, but under the sea.)
Never Ending Story
Hocus Pocus (Disney)
The Three Musketeers (Disney)
The Little Mermaid (Disney)
The Parent Trap (Original and remake)
So Weird (Disney- still miss this show!)
Danger Bay (Disney. You have no idea how excited I am that I finally remembered the name of this show!)
Ocean Girl (Disney. Yeah, I'm seeing a theme here.)
Anne McCaffrey- Dragon Riders of Pern
Tamara Pierce -Lioness Rampant books (My first YA book love.)
Piers Anthony- Xanth series
There are tons more, but these are some that I actually remember shaping my imagination. Teaching me to weave stories-- inspiring imagined games.
So, what helped shape your imagination?