Friday, November 28, 2008

Emily Bryan's Unlikely Holiday Traditions

After the gastronomic excess, after the football game is over, after thanking God for all the good things that have come our way, my family goes to the movies!

We started doing this when the kids were little and we were living far from our extended family. And somehow, it became a tradition. Often the movies are forgettable, but we saw at least one of the Fellowship of the Ring movies on a Christmas day. So for Thanksgiving, today we're off to see an early matinee of QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

Even though I had my doubts about Daniel Craig as James Bond, I'm looking forward to this movie. When they first announced this blond Bond, I was so disappointed. How could he carry on the legacy of Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan? (the rest of the Bonds were just place fillers IMHO) Bond is supposed to be smooth and cool and devastatingly handsome. Craig didn't fit the profile.

But he is undeniably appealing. Craig has a great voice, which is important to me in a man. (I always tell my husband I fell in love with his rumbling baritone first!) Craig's not classically handsome (unless he's strapped naked to a chair) but he is compulsively watchable. The thing that makes the difference is the way this Bond is written in CASINO ROYALE. No cheesy sex jokes. This Bond has a soul.

Craig's Bond is deeply affected by every life he takes. He's far mor empathetic than a double-0h killer should be. We see him trying to compose himself after the adrenalin rush of a life-and-death fight. He comforts the heroine in one of the most tender, most sensual shower scenes I've ever seen when both characters are fully clothed. Even though he has crazy skills, he seems real.

These are good qualities to remember when I'm crafting my own heroes. So I'll be taking mental notes today. Hmmm. Wonder if a movie ticket is a deductible expense if it's arguably writing research? Probably not.

Oh, and while we're on the holiday theme, I just posted a free story on my website. I'm so thankful for my readers. Please accept this story as my holiday "thank you!" to you. Click here to read A Dragon Caern Christmas.

Ok, it's your turn. What unusual holiday traditions has your family created?


Terri November 28, 2008 at 3:26 PM  

Well, we don't think it's strange. Every Christmas I get a new Monopoly set. Not the regular Monopoly but all the customized ones...50s, 60s, National Parks, Trinopoly, Star Wars, etc. I couldn't tell you how many I have and I have them in more than just English! Then, on New Year's Eve, we play them! The heck with drinking, we have game night with fondue.


EmilyBryan November 28, 2008 at 4:33 PM  

Sounds great, Terri. Games are a great way for families to have fun together. Our family enjoys a card game called Hand and Foot. It's sort of like Canasta and the family joke was that we had to keep an eye on my grandma. She was a great player and she loved winning so much, she occasionally cheated! One year Grandpa called her on it and she was good for a while, but it wasn't a permanent reformation. It really didn't matter to us. What fun we all had!

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