Surprise, surprise–how I became fond of cats.

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By the time this is posted, I’ll be at the Romantic Times convention! If you’re attending make sure to check out my Editor Hide and Seek game. For details and hints, follow the facebook page:

I also have to give a shout out to Mama Braus. It’s her birthday and because I’m in Chicago, I won’t be able to celebrate with her. (She did get her present early though, so there’s that!)

This actually gives me the perfect lead into today’s blog post. A few weeks ago, I put on Disney’s African Cats for background noise, intending to edit. Documentaries are often my favorite since there’s a lot of narrative and not much action to follow.

The story follows two mothers—the lioness, Layla, and the cheetah, Sita—and the lengths they go to protect their cubs.

I never stood a chance.

From the moment the movie started, I was hooked—and I’m not even all that fond of cats! I hardly glanced at my computer and when I did, it was more at annoyance for tearing me away from such an amazing story. Needless to say, no editing was done.  There were chuckles, tears, and where I was biting my lip in anticipation. Forget Mr. Toad—this was a wild ride!

I went through and took notes (8 pages!) on the movie, wanting to examine it and see why they were so successful in creating this story. My intention was to go through the story and examine the pacing—but I think I’d give you all glazed eyes and spoilers. Instead, I’ll sum up the key elements of this story and why I feel it is such a wonderful example of story telling! You can read it here.

Honestly, I could go on and on. I encourage you all to watch this movie, savor it. What struck me the most was how surprised I was to be hooked at all. I didn’t expect it and that made the experience all the more wonderful.

And I’d love to find more examples like this. What movies or books have you picked out on a whim and found yourself marveling at? And why?

2 thoughts on “Surprise, surprise–how I became fond of cats.”

  1. Janni Nell says:

    Thanks for sharing the link. Great info of all aspects of storytelling.

    Happy birthday Mama Braus!

  2. Peta says:

    I picked up a YA book called “Before I Die” one day on a whim. Although I often read YA, I usually stick to the paranormal/fantasy side of things but this book was about a girl with cancer. I can honestly say I have never laughed or cried so much while reading a book before. The use of blank space on the page in the last couple of chapters is brilliant. It made me take a lot more notice of how much the placement of words on a page can effect a reader.

    On a different note, I watched a documentary on the World Taxidermy Championship one night after accidentally turning it on. It was like entering a world I did not even know existed. It was effective because they only focused on a few taxidermists of different experience levels rather than on the championship as a whole. It was focused on the people not the methodology or techniques.

    Thanks for the interesting post Mallory.

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