My nine-year-old granddaughter has learned the script of the movie, Titanic, by heart. She has studied this DVD until she knows every movement, every word and breath the actors take. Her favourite scene is on the bow of the ship, where Kate and Leonardo hold their dramatic pose together. But I noticed as I watched, that the central romance was what kept my granddaughter captivated. Kate is the perfect heroine – refusing to give up her true love despite both nature and nurture being against her. No wonder the movie is such a success. What a fabulous clue it gives to writers about the power of the heroine to fulfill her destiny. Create the same courage and honesty in our heroines and we can harness untold power for ourselves and our stories. The ending of the Titanic may be tragic (can’t watch as I’m a bit of a wuss) but in this case, the power of love is demonstrated as continuing forever. What a wonderful message for the younger generation – and for writers to write. Gutsy, courageous heroines are the perfect models if we want to study storytelling. Time for another classic DVD, perhaps someone like Lauren Bacall in Key Largo? Don’t know it? Lucky you – you’re in for a treat if you hire the DVD. One of the best thrillers of all time, with chemistry to die for!
A Titanic heroine in EAST END ANGEL