I watched the Hobbit this weekend. To say I loved it would be an understatement. The movie invoked a lot of emotion within me and I reacted with it throughout the 2 hours and 49 minutes. I laughed, I tensed up, I cried, I sat on the edge of my seat, I got goosebumps, I wrinkled my nose in disgust, I oohed and ahhed… I was simply taken with it.
I was also a little bit envious. Among all the books I read, I’ve encountered a number of stories that were so good I wished I had thought of them first. Though at the same time I was left a bit torn. To write such a story would be wonderful, but to hungrily devour it from cover to cover is also an incredible experience. The Hobbit is one of these stories. While not a big fan of Tolkien’s writing, I can appreciate the fact that The Hobbit is a great tale. I suppose that can be attributed to Peter Jackson and his movie magic, but that’s a different thing altogether.
One thing I’ve always wanted is to create a story that manages to stir feelings and emotions within the reader. These feelings aren’t simply limited to liking a character or sympathizing with it, but they can extend to other things like perhaps feeling the utmost hatred for the villain, cringing when the protagonist does/says something stupid, feeling happy when something good happens and sad when bad stuff happen. I want great characters like Bilbo and Gandalf and Thorin.
I don’t want to write an epic story like that to gain any fame. I just know it would make me happy to have created something that can make readers feel something. Though I won’t deny that if a director decided to make a movie out of one of my books, I wouldn’t say no. 😉
I don’t think my stories are quite at that level yet. I know I’ll have to go to great lengths to create something enchanting, but when I come back, like Bilbo I will have a fantastic tale to tell. I’m sure of it.
What are some stories you wish you wrote yourself? Have you watched The Hobbit yet? Are you planning to? I really recommend it!