Today I wanted a happy post, so I started thinking about my inspirations. I don't know if this is like most other writers, but I can find inspiration in anything- the backs of cereal boxes, the middle of Tesco's supermarket, a music video or even two people arguing on the street. All of these things lead me back to writing, and allow me to remember that life can be a little bit bigger, a little bit stranger, and that imagination can be stretched a little bit further.
So, I thought: time for another list! A list of the top ten things (to my best recollection and not including books, because that’s too obvious) that inspire me to not just think outside of the box, but to trample the box, kick it away, and never have anything to do with it ever again.
Without further ado, and in no particular order, I give you: Charlotte’s favourite inspirations…
1. The concept of Dead Like Me, a dark comedy programme that unfortunately only lasted for two series. A toilet seat falls from space and kills a girl. The girl then becomes a grim reaper. This is the sort of premise that I wish I had thought of first.
2. The introduction of Tara in the first series of True Blood (a programme that is part vampire porn/part gothic brilliance.) She comes across as rude, loud, angry, obnoxious and far too intelligent, but straight away I adored her. For all of her flaws, she remains endearing, and the sort of person you'd want as your friend but Never as your enemy!
6. And thoughts of Dick Van Dyke lead me to another of his films, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the best villain in the world, ever, The Child Catcher. Would you buy sweets from this man??
True fact: The children's author, Roald Dahl, wrote the first draft of the screenplay for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but didn’t work any further on it, and it ended up getting changed a lot. I think the one thing they kept from his original draft was: The Child Catcher. Dun dun dun… I actually shudder just thinking of him now. (The Child Catcher, not Roald Dahl) And I’m 23 years old.
8. The adult cartoon, Family Guy. Does it need any further explanation? Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Family Guy would be insulted if they knew that the ‘box’ even existed in the same realm as them. Why can people hear the baby talking sometimes and not others? They just can, ok? Deal with it.
9. This ornamental birdcage, which I got for my last birthday. It’s from Monsoon but they’ve stopped stocking it now, and I absolutely love it. It’s just so pretty and random. I have a love of all things random. *Gushes.* J
There were plenty of others I could have included, but I did say I’d limit myself to ten, even though it was hard. L I’m so indecisive that, years ago, when my family was moving house and I couldn’t make up my mind as to where I wanted my furniture to go, the removal men asked me if I was as indecisive as my mother. I replied, in all earnestness, “um, I don’t know.” They had a good laugh out of that one.
So that’s my big, exciting list. If you’re now intrigued to check any of them out, go for it, and let me know. Except for my dad’s painting because that would just be weird.
NB: None of the pictures above are mine!