For Christmas one year, my best friend gave me the twentieth anniversary edition of Dirty Dancing, one of my favorite movies. Oh, wow! When Johnny Castle holds his hand out to Francis "Baby" Houseman and says, "Nobody puts baby in the corner", I just swoon! Admittedly, it's the corniest line in the whole movie, but it never fails to start my waterworks. And, seconds later, I'm jumping up and cheering for Baby's lift right along with everyone else at Kellerman's! I'm not ashamed to admit I know the whole dance routine by heart!
The whole purpose of baring the embarrassing details of my "Tom Cruise-shirt-underwear-socks" moment is Dirty Dancing never fails to inspire me. After the credits begin to roll and the soul-stirring tracks of "I've Had the Time of My Life" soar, so does my imagination. I dash right over to the computer and begin to write, write, write. The movie contains all the elements of the classic love stories I adore: Gawky girl from upper crust family attracts hot guy from the wrong side of the tracks. He introduces her to passion and her love helps him to finally believe in the goodness he never saw in himself. Family disapproval and interference. Misunderstandings resulting in temporary separation before love conquers all and (gasp!) the happy ending. Not to mention, an all too brief flash of Patrick Swayze's butt, but I digress...
After two hours with Johnny and Baby, I'm bursting with excitement to tell my own story about love, self-discovery, anguish and happily-ever-after. In a strange way, watching "Dirty Dancing" reminds me of why I've always wanted to write--to tell a story that makes people feel like they've just had the time of their life.
What movie, song, t.v. show or book inspires you or jump starts your creativity?