As part of the From What I Remember blog tour, I am pleased to have authors Stacey Kramer and Valerie Thomas on the blog discussing what inspired them to write From What I Remember
We’ve spent over twenty years working in the film and television business, both writing and producing movies and television. Stacy still writes movies and TV, in fact. Many of the movies we loved and made (JAWBREAKER produced by Stacy, for example) were teen movies. Movies that are no longer really getting made because the action blockbuster that can reach a wider swath of audience has replaced the smaller teen movie. We wanted to write a book with the feel of these older films. So much of our inspiration for FROM WHAT I REMEMBER came from movies and TV. We tried to capture the spirit, the fun, the adventure and the humor of some of our favorite teen movies. Movies like CLUELESS or PRETTY IN PINK or THE BREAKFAST CLUB.
We vowed to write the best teen movie you’d ever read as a book. So with that in mind, we set about finding our characters. And soon, Max and Kylie and Will all revealed themselves and we rather quickly fell in love. In looking for a fun structure in which to place these kids we needed a ticking clock, some kind of race to the finish line, hence the idea of graduation was born. The movie HANGOVER was a huge inspiration for the plot.
In terms of tone and style. We’re huge fan of MY SO CALLED LIFE, another inspiration. The cadence of the dialogue is so wonderful, it’s almost symphonic in it’s authenticity and breeziness.
incredibly inspiring. Her writing is luminous and expressive and incredibly youthful. More than any other poet we’ve read recently.
To find out more about Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas:
Twitter: @val_thomas and @stacy_kramer
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