Saving Mr. Banks
One of my favorite Disney movies is Mary Poppins. I’ve often joked with children in my care that I’m “practically perfect in every way.” I’ve seen the play on Broadway three times (once without any kids) and of course, know all the songs. I thought I already knew everything about the classic movie the night my honey and I decided to see Saving Mr. Banks.
I was wrong.
P. L. Travers:
- grew up in Australia, not England. (She moved there later in life.)
- idolized her father, who died quite young due to alcoholism.
- based Mary Poppins on her stern aunt rather than her mother
- originally declined Walt Disney’s repeated offers to buy the rights to her story because she didn’t feel a musical set the correct tone
- eventually agreed to the musical when she fell in love with some of the songs
- disapproved of the animated portions of the Disney movie
- created Mary Poppins was her way of “saving” her father in fiction since she hadn’t been able to save him from himself in reality
As a kid, I memorized Green Eggs and Ham, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Peter Rabbit. When I became a mother to a baby boy, I decorated his bedroom with Peter Rabbit and other adorable Beatrix Potter characters. I read all her stories to my children and own the video adaptations of them on VHS. So when I came across Miss Potter on Amazon Prime a few weeks ago, I figured I knew most everything there was to know about the author.
Once again, I was wrong.
- was from a wealthy family
- was secretly engaged to her publisher but he died before they could marry
- was very particular about the final appearance of her illustrations
- insisted on limiting the cost of her books so more children could afford them
- eventually married later in life to the realtor who sold her the country estate they lived in until her death
I also recently watched Magic Beyond Words: An Unauthorized Biography of J. K. Rowling, but too many reviewers of that movie question its authenticity for me to feel comfortable sharing my comments.
Why the recent interest in author movies?
Perhaps it’s because…
I’m a bona fide, sold-my-first-book author. (See, all those late nights, early mornings, and weekends tapping away at a keyboard eventually pay off.) Entangled Publishing has bought the rights to One More Sunset, my romantic suspense/magic novel set between my two of my favorite places–New York City and Key West. Entangled is a wonderful, quality company and I’m thrilled to join their team. The book’s release is estimated for late fall/early winter 2014 and will be part of Entangled’s category suspense line, Ignite.
Until next time, enjoy the Moments. Springtime, here we come!!!