The book delves into a brief historical timeline of storytelling from our earliest ancestors to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, to the advent of filmmaking in the twentieth century, and finally to the digital age in which we live today. The author astutely describes filmmaking in the twentieth century, “It allowed us to explore the human condition by using moving pictures to not only show us how the world was, but how it ought to be.” The book is not about following a character’s action in a film step-by-step, it is about drawing from the various jigsaw pieces of the character’s journey to inspire change in your own life.
The author meticulously guides the reader plot by plot through a number of films, many of which mirror the lives of everyday people. For example the author describes, “Erin Brokovich, fighting to bring polluters to justice.” That film was in fact based on a true story. When we watch a movie there is a shared experience between ourselves and the characters, the story, the dialogue, the action, causing the author to declare about the hero, “When he suffers, we suffer, when he loves, we love, when he wins, we win.”
In every film experience, we blur the lines between the “Real” and “Reel,” as we connect mentally and emotionally to the characters and live for a moment in the “Reel World.” It is why we go to the movies to seek entertainment and escape our mundane lives. The approach presented in How to Create the Good Life from Reel Life is a fascinating new method for analyzing and appreciating movies. It is a powerful and useful guide for those people who are interested in rewriting the script of their lives, finding happiness and creating the good life.
About the Author
The author spent many years honing the craft of screenwriting, while working full-time in the legal field. After writing several screenplays, she noticed that reel life heroes were using many of the same techniques suggested in self-help books to get what they desired. This book was written to share her unique insights. The author has a Master’s degree in Internet Marketing. She is the Founder & Publisher of the personal development website http://www.mavenrose.com. Her book, How to Create the Good Life from Reel Life may be purchased through her website, or from amazon.com.