Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Whole Wide World

Last night I watched this classic little film that I got from NetFlix. As a writer, I loved it. The story involves Novelyn, a teacher who wants to be a publisher writer but her confessions stories have been rejected and her romance with Robert Howard, who is most famous for his Conan stories, although he did write a number of other stories as well. Bob was a tortured soul who prefers the world his characters live in. Sound familiar anyone?

Novelyn, the teacher, wrote a book about their romance/friendship after she retired from teaching. It is a beautifully made movie and writers will definitely relate to many of Bob's comments about writing. Also he is very confident about his writing and I thought we all need to be like that.

One thing I didn't like was how the movie portrayed his relationship with his mother. It never appeared as incest, but something odd. Maybe no one actually knew what it was. In reality, he did take care of his mother, who was dying, and he did suffer from depression which was made worse when the end drew close. When she was only given a short time to live, he shot himself. His father, a doctor, tried to save him but he died the next day. He and his mother were buried on the same day. He was only 30 years old.