7 Binge-Worthy Movies About Writers
If I had to ask you to pick one- books or movies, what would you pick? I know it’s a little tricky. But how about movies about writers who write amazing books? The journey of being a writer can be emotionally and creatively draining and often challenging. Through this piece of blog article, I have tried my best to bring you some interesting films that explore the unconventional journey of being a writer. These films explore what makes them a writer in the first place, what motivates them, and the struggles they face along the path.
1. Little Women (2019)
Starting off the list with a film I consider nothing less than iconic- Little Women by Greta Gerwig.
Set in the backdrop of civil war, Greta Gerwig’s masterful adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s timeless masterpiece, “Little Women” invites us into the world of the March sisters, particularly the spirited Jo March, portrayed brilliantly by Saoirse Ronan. Jo’s pursuit of her writing ambitions becomes a captivating thread, woven seamlessly into the fabric of sisterhood, feminism, dreams, and the enduring power of the written word. Jo always aspired to become a writer and the film ends with her becoming one, writing a novel that encapsulates all her experiences and feelings. Above all it ends Jo demanding what is rightfully hers as a writer and not comprising with her female characters by putting them in a mold.
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2. Stuck in Love (2012)
Stuck in Love is an underrated rom-com that offers a glimpse into the lives of a family of writers, each grappling with their own creative dilemmas. In this exploration of love, heartbreak, and human connections, the characters’ stories are intricately woven through their passion for writing. It’s a film that reminds us of the profound ways in which literature can reflect our own experiences. If you are in for a simple, heartwarming film, Stuck in Love might be for you.
3. Meri Pyaari Bindu (2017)
While Meri Pyaari Bindu is not primarily a movie about a writer, it partially becomes one in the second half. Meri Pyaari Bindu tells a delightful tale of love and music. After a brutal heartbreak Ayushmann Khurrana’s character, Abhi, uses his passion for writing to vent out and express his anger towards Bindu, his childhood sweetheart who leaves him abruptly, through his novels. While many things motivate writers, Abhi uses his writing prowess to express the pain he endured in the absence of Bindu, someone whom he loved (and will love) all his life.
4. Trumbo (2015)
Trumbo is a gripping biographical drama that transports us to the dark days of Hollywood’s blacklist era. Bryan Cranston delivers a stellar performance as Dalton Trumbo, a celebrated screenwriter who refuses to compromise his principles in the face of adversity. This film serves as a stark reminder of the power of the written word and the resilience of those who wield it.
5. Misery (1990)
Adapted from Stephen King’s novel, Misery takes us on a harrowing journey into the twisted relationship between a famous novelist, Paul Sheldon (James Caan), and his number one fan, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates). This thrilling masterpiece explores the darker side of fandom and the lengths to which a writer may go to escape their own creation. The film takes you on a suspenseful ride into the mind of a tortured writer.
6. Adaptation (2002)
Adaptation blurs the boundaries of reality and fiction as it follows the eccentric screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, played by Nicolas Cage, on a wild and imaginative ride. Kaufman’s struggle to adapt a book into a screenplay leads to a surreal exploration of the creative process and the quirky dynamics of storytelling. It’s a film that showcases the unpredictability and whimsy of the writing journey.
7. Manto (2018)
Concluding this list with “Manto,” a biographical drama that pays homage to the literary genius Saadat Hasan Manto, brought to life by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. In the Indian film industry where films about writers is very uncommon, Manto truly stands out. Directed by Nandita Das Manto is set in the tumultuous post-independence era of India and Pakistan and delves into Manto’s unflinching commitment to truth in his writing, despite the challenges of censorship and societal norms. Manto serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of literature to provoke thought and ignite change.
Each of these films invites us to explore the multifaceted world of writers, offering a glimpse into the creative process, the emotional turmoil, and the profound impact of the written word. Whether you’re a passionate wordsmith or simply an appreciator of great storytelling, these cinematic gems are bound to leave a lasting impression. So, let’s continue our cinematic journey and celebrate the magic of storytelling within storytelling.
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