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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I Confess...


I have a confession. I am an avid fan of airplane disaster films.

Granted, I was a wee little tot when AIRPORT came out, but eventually I saw it and I was hooked. By six years-old I had proclaimed myself a seasoned traveler with my commutes to Florida for family. At that age it took me a couple of flights to realize that the people below did not keep up Christmas lights all year long, and that they were just house lights. :) 

Airport ’77 in the ocean came along, and then Airport ’79 on the Concorde! OMG, why did they stop? Why can’t we have Airport 2012 on Richard Branson’s new experiment?

We cannot discredit AIRPLANE. That was a masterpiece. Tell me who here amongst us doesn't still say, “Don’t call me Shirley?” or, “I picked a bad day to stop…” One of my favorite stupid quotes was from AIRPLANE 2 (yes, a blockbuster!). Someone said, “I need a little breather”, and there in the corner was Herve Villechaize…breathing.  They even list him in the cast as "Little Breather". LOL! Great stuff.

AIR FORCE ONE was phenomenal. I even loved TURBULENCE with Ray Liotta. Of course I and Ray Liotta’s mom are probably the only people to have seen it. I did draw the line at SNAKES ON THE PLANE, though. 

When Jodie Foster announced she was filming a movie on board the new Airbus, I was counting the days to the release. Granted, it didn’t meet up to everyone else’s expectations, but I loved it!

So then why the heck have I not written a romantic suspense novel on board an airplane? The answer is simple, and common to us all. Time. People wonder where authors come up with the ideas for their books. It is not the ideas that are lacking…it is the time to execute them. My romantic suspense air disaster will have to wait...but can you imagine the possibilities...

Coming soon to a book near you.  Six glamorous movie stars are about to board the first ever Star-grazer flight. They were supposed to experience six minutes of semi-weightlessness, but one of the actresses lied about her weight!  :)

9 comments:

Rita said...

Talk about OMG! I think we were twins separated at birth. My children could quote the dialogue from those airplane movies. I cannot hear the name Shirley and not think of that line. Or see my kids faces when they all say together I picked a bad day to stop.
You, Ray’s mama, and me. And you can't count how many times I've seen Air Force One – get off my plane. We part ways that Jodie's movie. Didn't care for it. Once was enough to watch it.
Can't wait for your airplane disaster book!

Marcelle Dubé said...

Thanks for my morning giggle, Maureen. I, too, can't hear the name Shirley without starting to grin. And Rita, I liked Jodie Foster's movie...

Maureen A. Miller said...

I admit Jodie's movie might not have been as good as the others, but the small kid in me still says, "Ohhhh...look at the big plane!"

Shirley Wells said...

Can't wait to read your romantic suspense air disaster.

And don't call me Shirley. Oh, no wait... ;)

Elise Warner said...

Love your future romantic suspense air disaster already. Guess you've made a few sales before you've written the book.

Toni Anderson said...

LOL, Maureen. I can see you at the controls, landing that baby with only a handsome hero talking you through it. There was a woman in Manitoba (in her 70-80s) who landed her small plane when her husband had a heart attack and died while flying them somewhere (this was like 2 months ago). Can you IMAGINE?
The scenarios are endless. And I always think about 'Shirley' :)

Maureen A. Miller said...

@Shirley, what shall I call you? Petunia?

@Elise, I'm ready to sell the movie rights. Never mind that I haven't written it yet. :)

@Toni, I saw that about the woman in Manitoba. I have special radar for dramatic air stories. Did you know that Tom Hanks, Angelina, Brad, Ashton Kutcher and Katy Perry have the first tickets on that Richard Branson adventure?

Wynter Daniels said...

LOL! I loved the first three movies and Airplane? One of the best comedic parodies ever! I want ot see yours made now!

Dee J. said...

Maureen,
Thanks for the smile. Fun memories.

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