tell it to me tuesday – fodder for comfort

(And coincidentally, my 200th post!)

So it figures, I chose this topic and then cannot narrow it down to just one book or one movie. If I were to have a weekend all to myself, and just wanted to turn to a book or movie that I knew, time and again, would give me pleasure…well, the list is small, but the choice difficult.
TITMT_comfortbooks1For books, it is easier. As much as I love books and have a long list of favorites or important ones, the one set I can turn to without fail is the Harry Potter series and in the following order: Book 6, Book 7, Book 4, Book 3, Book 1, Book 5 and Book 2. Two was always my least favorite, and I love Six (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) above all the others for the all the things Harry learns, for his love, and for his pain. It is most special to me and there are always more hidden gems of wisdom and connections to make, even though it ends as it does.

Movies, on the other hand, I am far more moody with. If I’m feeling sentimental and totally girly and looking for the happy ending, I know I can always turn to Pride & Prejudice – the A&E version ONLY, because of course there is no proper pride without Colin Firth and no duly understood prejudice without Jennifer Ehle. But if I don’t have a full 6 hours to devote to allowing my heart to swoon over Pemberley, then Love Actually is my modus operandi.
TITMT_comfortbooksMmm…still thinking about Colin Firth. And the look upon Mr. Darcy’s face when he hears Elizabeth does love him. Be still, my heart!


However, some days, I am just in need of a good cry. For that, I turn to either Meet Joe Black or Playing By Heart. I can always count on the masterful performances of Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt to bring the daddy’s girl in me to a weeping puddle. And the ‘Goodnight Moon’ scene in Playing By Heart unfailingly and unflinchingly tugs at my heart strings.

What about you?

What book or movie do you turn to when you are in need of its comfort?

The Rules
I think there is real power in the human voice, as flawed as it may be. And when the voices speak together, when you have a multitude of voices speaking, patterns begin to emerge and there you can begin to understand truth. So in the spirit of the personal narrative, I am hosting a weekly challenge every Tuesday morning, where I will post a topic (ranging from the banal to the intimate) and ask readers to respond. I would love to see everyone’s answers and how similar and different they all are.

You can respond in any way you choose. You can give a fictional response or a true one. You can use words, sentences, and/or photographs. If you have a blog, you can link it with Mr. Linky below. Please be sure to include “Tell It To Me Tuesdays” in the title, and link back to this post. Feel free to use the “Tell It To Me Tuesday” button available to the right. If you don’t have a blog, but want to join in, you can just leave a comment. Please follow the rules. I don’t want to have to delete links. I like links! Don’t make me delete them.


Next week’s challenge: Finish this phrase: “When I was a child…”

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8 thoughts on “tell it to me tuesday – fodder for comfort

  1. Congrats on your 200th post! I just wanted to suggest, if you haven't already, check out the Harry Potter audio books. They're read by Jim Dale, who received 2 Grammy Awards for them. I know the act of reading a book is irreplaceable, but in my opinion, so is the act of listening to storytelling. Let me know what you think if you end up trying it out.

    I HATE Uncle Jaime! (not really)

    • I LOVE THE HARRY POTTER AUDIO BOOKS. Jim Dale is amazing!! I love listening to them on long car rides and my mom isn't big on reading because English isn't her native language, so it's a little trying for her. But we would listen to the books together as a mother-daughter activity.

      Listening to storytelling is really fabulous. I've just started doing it with The Odyssey and am discovering it's much easier to listen to than to read – makes sense, given it comes from an oral tradition, right?

      Hehehe, thanks so much for your comment!

  2. I re-watched the BBC P&P for the millionth time last week (over a couple of sittings and a free evening) and be still, my heart indeed. There is no other Mr Darcy nor Elizabeth Bennett in my mind. I could more than happily watch them all over again this week. Sigh (of contentment).

  3. I agree on the BBC P&P…although I prefer to start on the second disk. Or watch "episode" 1 and then skip ahead to when Elizabeth visits Pemberley. I also enjoy Circle of Friends…I have it on VHS…classy.