*previously published 12-2-13
We get the question “what inspired you to write Addicted to You” probably the most out of all questions. And it’s not an easy question to answer, but I think Becca and I both agree that movies and television have impacted our lives the most. We grew up watching movies. Our family bonded over film, not sports. We don’t gather around the TV during the Super Bowl. The event passes like any other day. But during the Academy Awards, we all sit around the TV and watch. We make ballots and try to be the person to guess the most winners. In a way, movies have been a staple in our life for a very long time.
So what kinds of movies inspired us?
If you’ve read our books, you know there’s something dark about the series. There’s a reason for that. We’re attracted to sadness and death, heartache and hurt. We grew up watching films that deal with raw issues and that evoke real emotion. Movies like Imaginary Heroes and Ordinary People – both dealing with a suicide in the family. Movies like Igby Goes Down and Fierce People – where the teenager feels lost in the world. Our all-time favorite movie is probably one of the most depressing films I’ve ever seen, ironically titled Another Happy Day. All of these films bring out emotion from the viewer, and our goal when writing is to bring out emotion in the reader.
Our books aren’t all sad. We do have humor in them, and honestly we were worried that no one would get it. It’s a specific type of humor that you don’t see in many books. I’m not sure I can describe it or even give an example. We have jokes that literally flow through multiple pages. They’re not always just one-liners and done. Our inspiration for humor definitely comes from the old eighties movies. Heathers is a huge one for us. Again, it’s dark, but there’s something equally funny about it.Saved and Sugar and Spice are other hilarious movies—but with more ridiculous themes.
In Addicted to You there is a certain absurdity in some situations. We’re talking about that Halloween party. At one point four Ninja Turtles are literally chasing the main characters’ limo. To some it may come across as cheesy or weird, to us, it’s the kind of ridiculousness that we’re obsessed with. In books, it’s definitely an acquired taste.
So that's our movie inspiration, from the sad to the funny! We love 'em all :)
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