I was sitting there last night watching White Christmas, a film I love and should be a staple at Christmas, and as I watched Betty get all mad at Bob and storm off, I thought, wow, this is really like an Emilie Loring novel.
Now granted, there wasn’t much mystery involved, nor was there a woman scorned trying to win back someone. There wasn’t a whole exact specificity that made it like an Emilie Loring, but I still say it was. The shenanigans and how everything was solved in the end. Even to the misunderstanding of Betty and her running off to the Carousel Club, and Bob going to see her and trying to fix it. It really is semi similar. Maybe that’s why I love the story as I do.
And recently, watching the film Aloha with Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, I thought the same thing. The film has mystery, intrigue, romance, a woman who wants the hero back, a new woman, a new love interest, people wanting to settle down, a villain. It’s all there. Updated, with some sex, but still, the premise of the film is very Loring-esque.
You have the guy that comes back home, to Hawaii, there’s the girl who’s his guide, and while she likes him, she’s cautious about him, there’s the ex girlfriend who is kind of interested in the guy, there’s the business man who has sketchy business dealings…. Will the guy end up with the girl? Or go back to his ex? And what about that sketchy businessman? Did I mention that the guy used to be in the military?
I mean, really, could this be any closer to an Emilie Loring book? I honestly don’t think so.
So now my new mission in life is to watch films with this style of storyline. Technically, Pride and Prejudice is along these lines. Okay, it’s a lot like an Emilie Loring. And maybe that is what makes these such classic stories. They have a specific theme that pits good against bad, and guy against girl. And the guy always get the right girl.
A story isn’t any good with out a little intrigue and conflict. While White Christmas doesn’t have much intrigue, it still has conflict. And singing….. the singing makes up for the lack of intrigue.
Aloha has plenty of all things. Romance and intrigue and conflict.
Does anyone else have some good films that have this story line? Oh, Sabrina with Humphry Bogart and Audrey Hepburn is a lot like this story line as well!
Clearly I have a Loring vibe still. I think part of that is because I am reading Patti Bender’s blog as she write’s Emilie Loring’s biography. Could it be any better than that? I love this. I’m so excited about it. And she also has read Loring’s books over and over. So I get to hear about one of my favorite subjects. Emilie Loring novels. I think I’m in heaven.