Tuesday, January 26, 2010

On Inspiration

Whoa. I'm dangerously close to taking an unwarranted coffee break again! People need to call me out, I swear it!

Anyway, I know I'm totally the last one on this bandwagon:

But I don't care. It's my turn to rave.

I talk about the things that inspire me all the time. I find it in the smallest things, and without it, I'm sure I'd be a lot less happy.
I know that it's easier for me to be inspired by music or movies, someone else's vision of something everyday, things we overlook for whatever reason.

I also knew I wanted to see Avatar, but I wasn't sure I wanted to take three hours out of my life to sit down for a movie in the middle of a packed theater, listening to people talk and chomp on smelly popcorn(yes, I'm a popcorn hater, yes, I know it's un-American, no, I don't care).
But I went anyway.
And I'm so glad I did.
Have you ever watched a movie where you literally sat with your mouth hanging open and your heart thudding in your chest throughout the entire thing, and when it finally ended, you were disappointed??
That is what this movie did for me.

I wanted to stay in their beautiful, magical, amazing world forever. The whole storyline, the themes, the location...I've never witnessed something so perfect.
After it ended, I cleared my mind of all of my other 'favorite' movies...this one takes the cake.
I am so envious of the people with imaginations that are able to create these whole other worlds...and then to relate them to the problems of our own real world! To send a message without being preachy.
To open the eyes of non-believers, of all the pessimists. To teach people something worthwhile.

This is what I want to accomplish as a writer. To be able to inspire someone to take a second look, to put yourself in someone else's shoes, to just open your mind to something, anything new.
It prompted me to take a deeper look at my own writing. At the messages I try to convey. Am I doing it correctly? Am I forcing my beliefs on someone? Am I going to succeed at instilling the passion I feel into my readers?

I can only hope to do so, and I'm going to try my hardest to create something worthwhile.

On a lighter note, is it strange that I found myself attracted to Jake as a big blue Avatar?? Because he was supercute and I love how his character changed.
And this?:

Was the greatest 'no kiss' scene I have seen in, like, forever. I almost squeed out loud in the theater.

Also, I sobbed so hard at one point during the movie that when I finally sucked in my breath, the entire room could hear me...and that was embarrassing.

I will be seeing this movie again. I'm totally pimping it as well. Go see Avatar!!! You won't be disappointed.

How about you? Is there a movie or a song that has inspired you more than anything else? Which one? Did anyone else feel the same way about this movie, or am I just overly-emotional??


  1. I haven't seen Avatar... the commercials, they just make it look... stupid. I don't know. I know I should go see it, and I'm sure I'll be wowed, but, guh, I really haven't wanted to. My husband HATES movies like that and no one else I know wants to see it at all, but your post has me a bit more intrigued...

    I get overly emotional about songs and movies. Sometimes if I really love a song, I feel like I just want to crawl up inside the sound it's making and bask (I know, no one I ever explain that to gets it either), but I usually get over it after a few weeks of overdosing myself with it. I did this with Paramore's song Decode, movies The Phantom of the Opera, and Pride and Prejudice (2005)... the list goes on.

  2. Haven't seen it yet, but I want to. Is this a good movie for kids? Did you watch it in 3-D?

  3. I have not seen this movie yet. I would like too though. Music inspires me most especially in my writing. I have two songs that have really inspired me over the past year to write my current novel.

    Silversun Pickups-Panic Switch

    Civil Twilight-Quiet in my Town

    BTW-I gave you an award on my blog:)


    Have a great day!

  4. Loved loved LOVED this movie! I could totally be a Na'Vi...I don't care if it is weird, Jake was a hottie as a Na'Vi. One of my favorite movies, by far.

  5. Squeeee!!!!! Huge Avatar fan here!!!!

    I just got my hubby to take me to see it two weeks ago(and in 3-D which was so cool). We thought that the theater wouldn't be very crowded because it had been out for almost a month. Um, we were sooo wrong. I was literally on the edge of my seat while watching it. I mean it was so perfect - the visuals, special effects, characters, themes, everything was so wonderful!

    The only other movie that came this close in sheer awesomeness this year was the new Star Trek. I loved how they used a certain plot device to create a whole new history for the characters. Just brilliant!

  6. Oh, you are definitely NOT the last one. I'm dying to see it, but my hubby and I just never seem to make it. Ugh!

  7. I am soooooo ticked. My fiancee and I arranged for a sitter, got tickets that were given to us and everything was ready. I hadn't been to the theater in over probably a couple years. (with 5 kids, it can be pretty hard to get alone time for dates) Soooo, we went and guess what, I got sick in the middle of the movie and had to leave. I was soooooo angry. Why'd my tummy have to do that to me. I'm going to have to see it again, hopefully all the way through, soon.

  8. "Have you ever watched a movie where you literally sat with your mouth hanging open and your heart thudding in your chest throughout the entire thing, and when it finally ended, you were disappointed??"


    Definitely my favorite movie of all times.

  9. Hate to admit it, but I haven't seen Avatar yet. Not for lack of trying though - my dear hubby won't go! Neither will kids or sister. Or anyone at work. And I'm not enough of a grown-up to go by myself. Still looking hard for someone!

    I'm moved by (far too many) movies. There are many I will not see in the theatre because I will be a loud, messy puddle of tears.

  10. I'm dying to see Avatar. Titanic was the ultimate movie for me. I cried for weeks afterwards, especially when the Celine Dion song came on the radio. I've seen Titanic countless times and still sob through it.

  11. Kristin-as if my post didn't say enough...I totally recommend this! :) You won't be sorry.

    Mary-I wouldn't call this movie kid-unfriendly. There's no nudity, and if there's swearing, it's so few that it's not noticeable. I do remember one part where I expected some nastiness but was pleasantly surprised by the clean dialogue.

    Christine-this was also one of those movies where the music moved me. It was perfect!

    Carolina-Jake was a total hottie! :) I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks so.

    Melissa-we saw the 3D version, too, it was awesome! And yes, the theater was packed. But very quiet!

    Shannon-Make it. Like I said, I wasn't even keen on the idea of sitting through a 3 hour movie...but I didn't want it to end!

    Voidwalker-you got sick on your movie date??? That's awful! And what a movie to have to walk out on. :( I hope you get to see it.

    Sara-I'm telling you, we're soul sisters. :)

    Jemi-I'd totally go with you! Where do you live? I'll catch the earliest flight. Lol!

    Niki-This movie, although not focused on the romance, is eight million times greater than Titanic. And that movie was a masterpiece!

  12. I haven't seen it, but you sold me. I'm in love with the Titanic, so if this one is even better, then I must see it.

  13. I did really enjoy this movie! I saw it in 3D and although I don't think it really added anything, the beautiful graphics looked even more gorgeous with the increased depth. The story was "meh" (a little bit of Pocahontas thrown in with Dances With Wolves except with blue creatures) but I thought everything else looked and sounded amazing. Glad you liked it! :) I'd probably go see it again if given a choice.

  14. I finally saw it last weekend. I went not expecting anything (the previews looked really dumb to me), but I loved it too. It was such a gorgeous movie.