I did a radio interview a few years ago and when talking about some of the more action-packed and violent books I’ve written – The Ice Star, for example – I talked with the presenter about dealing with that, and I said that after writing a violent book I kind of drift into a period in which I watch musicals, such as La La Land and The Greatest Showman.
While I don’t believe writing a violent book leads to violent acts – if anything, the opposite is true for me (see above) – I do like to balance my consumption of different media. So, earlier this week – as soon as Jane left – I indulged in Die Hard.
Tonight I’m tilting the scale to the other end with While You Were Sleeping.
This brings back memories of dollar movies in Indiana, USA, when I was doing an Challenge Education internship at Indiana University. I encouraged a friend to see While You Were Sleeping twice in as many days. The early morning donut scene is a favourite!
So, while violent media doesn’t make me violent (thank goodness), when I watch soppy romantic movies I tend to go all in.
Of course, if Jane had to choose between the two, she would go for Die Hard in a heartbeat.
Don’t read too much into that, folks.