Writing Has Ruined the Way I Watch Movies

Yes, you read the title right.  Writing has completely ruined the way I watch movies...and read books for that matter.  How has it affected the way I watch movies?

1. I marvel over epic plot twists.  Though I get sucked into the story and real life disappears, sometimes I get jerked out of the story by a moment of epicness, such as a brilliantly executed plot twists.

2. I freak out over foreshadowing. Yet again, I get jerked out of the story with a realization like this.  Usually it is a bad thing when that happens to a viewer, but that happens to me all of the time now.

3. I get upset when I find they used an idea from a favorite book of mine.  I actually do.  When I watched the movie Tomorrowland, I got really upset when I thought the plot was changing in a way that made it like one of my favorite books, A Time to Die.  Thankfully, it ended up not being the same.

4. I get extremely upset when the filmmakers "stole" one of my ideas.  This has actually happened to me...sort of.  The trailer basically was the plot of The Clockshifter, my current WIP.  Thankfully when I watched the full movie (how could I not when they potentially took my idea!), it was very different from my novel.  What movie was that?  Well, I wouldn't want to give too much away would I?  :)

5. I go crazy over amazing character development.  I have one movie example: Big Hero 6.  Watch it and you will see what I mean!  The characters are what made the movie.  A+ for Disney!

I used to be able to sit down and be pulled into a movie, not leaving the story until the end.  Now I find that is not the case.  Am I complaining?  Of coarse not!  I am studying the art of storytelling.  Maybe I will write just as good plot twists, forshadowing, and character development as I see in the movies.

I was inspired to write this post by reading Melody's thoughts on Tomorrowland.