I've been seriously reading classic English and American literature for almost five years now and I've raved a lot about 19th century novels which I thought matter until today, if not to the regular book reader, at least, to a student of writing like myself. But a recent rewatching of the book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King's Shawshank Redemption (originally published as Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption) has opened my eyes to what kind of stories that touch my heart and soul regardless of whether it was published in 1817 or 2017. I've seen this movie about two or three times a few years ago before Netflix. The producers have not added a previously deleted scene or remastered it for the millenial audience. Nothing in it has changed. Only I have changed and I celebrate this new chapter in my wisdom-seeking life by sharing with you what kind of stories we should tell ourselves.
Project Rosie is about the aspie (person with Asperger's Syndrome) geneticist Don Tillman, who works as an associate professor at a prestigious university in Melbourne, Australia. He is 40 years old, earns more than people his age, and is in need of a suitable life partner. But because of his want of social skills, which almost always tend to embarrass him or the people he interacts with, he has very few friends and even fewer chances of dating someone he likes.
The Girl on the Train is about an alcoholic divorcee who rides a train everyday from her rented bedroom to London to pretend that she's still employed and to stalk a couple living in a house beside the tracks for some pitiful reason of giving them an imaginary, but romantic background.
The Little Prince is about a stranded pilot who meets a mysterious prince in the Sahara desert. Mysterious because when asked directly, the prince won’t say where he’s from or what he’s doing on Earth. At first, he only wanted a drawing of a sheep from the artistically-challenged pilot, but as the story unfolds, it is clear…… Continue reading The Little Prince
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a story about the 19-year-old Texan runaway and orphan, Holly Golightly, whom Capote clarified as an American geisha, not a prostitute.
The story is about Pell Ridley, a runaway bride who, with her adopted brother, Bean, went to a horse fair in Salisbury to look for work.
This is a true story of how a 31 year-old married with children African American woman in the 50s died without knowing that she will advance the progress of medicine through her immortal cancer cells.