What I’m Reading: Victoria Van Tiem

As any voracious reader knows, there are so many books out there, it can be hard to choose just what to read next. So what could be better than a hand-picked recommendation from someone in the know? Every Wednesday the XOXOAD team likes to find out what some of its favorite authors are reading; today we’ve asked Victoria Van Tiem, author of the oh-so-funny and delightfully sexy Love Like the Movies to tell us!

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Reading is a part of writing, even when I’m under a tight deadline, I carve out some time. I love dissecting how stories are structured, and for me, that also means movies. Yes, I’m one of those people who will watch the movie first, unless I’ve read it, then read the book, and finally I’ll dig into the script.

Scripts are an amazing way to read a story, they’re almost all dialogue, and the successful blockbusters always follow the basic mechanics of story, no exception.

The last two I read this way were both from Nicolas Sparks, Safe Haven and the Notebook. I of course saw the movies first and more than once. Ryan Gosling and Josh Duhamel? Oh yeah, I’ve watched these several times. Then I read the books to see how certain scenes were handled, then finally the scripts.

 

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In the Notebook, the movie shows James Garner flashing back and forth from the present with his wife to the story he reads from the notebook. But in the actual book, Nicolas Sparks handles it differently, the present bookends the past without any interruptions. I believe both work perfectly for their delivery. For the movie, we can easily flow back and forth because we have the dynamic visual, but in the written word, the story has much more impact without the disruptions.

The last few books I’ve read that don’t have a movie:
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane, and Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding. Although there’s talk of a movie for that one. Yay!

On my TBR pile? Free Agent, a debut from JC Nelson, and anything by Lucy Diamond.

Happy reading and watching!

Victoria x

 

 

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Love Like the Movies

Love Like the Movies

Victoria Van Tiem

Kenzi Shaw gets to be the star of Pretty Woman...and Dirty Dancing...and Sleepless in Seattle...and seven more classic romcoms, when her ex concocts a plan to sweep her off her feet!

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Safe Haven

Safe Haven

Nicholas Sparks

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

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The Notebook

The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks

The best love story ever.

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The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret

Liane Moriarty

A gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

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You Had Me at Hello

You Had Me at Hello

Mhairi McFarlane

Ever wonder what happened to the one that got away? Rachel did ... but then Ben came back.

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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of loss, single motherhood, tweeting, texting, technology, and rediscovering her sexuality in—gasp!—middle age.

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