Inspiration is difficult to pin down. At least, that’s the position I’m sticking with. So, I decided to go back in time, not literally (not a time traveler :), but I started thinking about what has inspired me to write—and my answer is writing. Now, I’m not talking about my writing. Although, I wrote my first story when I was seven years old, inspired by Charlie’s Angels, which is not listed here, thankfully. I am talking about storytelling. So, I started thinking about all of those books, plays, and films that I remember because of words written or performed. I guess that’s part of the reason I was a theatre and dance major in college—the performing arts—and worked on a master’s in journalism (well, that doesn’t count, news just news and not entertainment back in the day:).
Most of the images shown here are of books or theatrical plays that captured my imagination, immersing me in the story in such a way that the world became so real, I wanted to hang around long after I finished reading or watching the story. Now, I read most of these books more than a decade ago, if not longer. But I wonder — without spending a lot of time on this — what would your insta-top-12 list look like?