Tuesday, April 12, 2011

J is for ... Jumangi

I have to admit that I have not read the book, but I absolutely adore the movie. I've seen it like a bazillion times. Okay, not that many, but I've seen it a lot.

Jumanji was one of the stories that made me realize it's okay to mix fact and fiction. Well, so did this one:

What book inspired you to become a writer?


  1. Love your J word.

    I devoured the entire Nancy Drew series at a young age, and wanted to be a writer. Going on to major in English literature in college, however, showed me all that I didn't yet know. It's taken me a long time to get over that...

  2. Just watched Jumanji for the first time with my girls a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed it.

    I think the first book that I ever loved was "Where the Red Fern Grows." It was such a great story. I wanted to be able to tell a story like that.

  3. Oh, I haven't seen Jumanji for a long time, but it is a great movie! And I agree--I love books that are a realistic setting but have something unreal creep in there.

    Harry Potter was my biggest influence, but not because i write remotely that type of book--it is more the balance between character, humor, plot, relationship... Jo did an exquisite job hitting every angle of a good tale (and weaving hints early for later events.)

  4. Anne of Green Gables...so many wonderful words.

  5. Those are both great books that I'd still be happy to pick up and read today as an adult. I think kids love it when fact and fiction blend together, because it makes their real world seem a little more magical and everything seems possible. Great "J" idea!

  6. I loved Roald Dahl when I was a boy and still do. He is good at mixing fact and fiction. I especially liked Danny the Champion of the World.
    I've just found your blog on the A to Z challenge and I'm enjoying it. :).

  7. KatieO~ I minored in English in college, but that didn't teach me how to be a writer. Don't beat yourself up too much. I loved, loved, loved Nancy Drew and read as many as my grandma was willing to buy me!

    Tim~ Glad you've seen Jumanji. Great flick. When I was really toying with the idea of learning to write fiction, I read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and thought - I'm never going to be able to write like that. I was so depressed!

    Hart~ I love the way JK writes. I'm not sure that I could write that way - so complicated, yet so easy to read. Loved HP!

    Joyce~ Ah, yes...Anne. Another love of mine. You are so correct - so many wonderful words. Is it weird to think that we all love the words?

    Sarah~ Yep, I'd read them again - (or in the case of Jumanji...read for the first time!)

    Slloyd14~ I'm not familiar with Danny the Champion of the World. I will have to check that out when I check out Jumanji!


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