When it comes to books and movies, my 16 year old daughter Charlotte is very hard to please. Sometimes when we are watching a family movie together, we’ll realise she is no longer in the room with us.
Later I ask, “You didn’t like that movie?”
Charlotte screws up her nose and shakes her head. Something is just not right about it as far as she is concerned. And she can’t make herself endure it to the end.
I remember when we watched the movie Home Alone. Charlotte disappeared very quickly that night. She just couldn’t stand the way the siblings and cousins treated each other in the opening scenes. She didn’t think it was funny at all. I have to say I agree with my daughter. Too much of what society thinks of as funny is really rather sad or even cruel. Funny isn’t always funny.
The other type of movie Charlotte deplores is romance, unless of course it’s of the Jane Austen or Disney kind. But if an over-the-top kissing scene appears on screen (or worse), you can be sure Charlotte will protest. She will refuse to watch. Not that she doesn’t like love. She does. But really? Do we have to watch such intimate behaviour on screen?
The other night the conversation turned to romance novels. The Love Comes Softly
series was mentioned. Charlotte’s eyes lit up. She’d read the first one and it had passed her stringent standard. Yes, she liked the book immensely.
“Charlotte, have you read the others in the series?” asked Imogen.
“We haven’t got them.”
“Yes, we have! There’s a box full of them in the family room. They’ve been there nearly a week.”
“How come I didn’t hear about them?” demanded Charlotte.
“Weren’t you there when Mrs D lent them to us?” I asked. “She gave them to us last Sunday.”
I was talking to myself. Charlotte had left the room in search of the box.
For the past few days we’ve had a very contented teenager in our house. Every now and then Charlotte reappears from her bedroom to exchange one Love Comes Softly book for another. I guess she won’t be smiling so widely for much longer. Soon she’s going to run out of books to read.
I’ve heard Janette Oke has written other series. Perhaps I should take a look and see if we can afford to buy them. Good books are worth buying, don’t you think?
Do you know what I love?
I love daughters who are fussy about what they read and watch.
I love authors like Janette Oke who write about love without explicit and sometimes immoral details.
I love friends who are willing to share their books.
And I love LOVE. The right kind, of course.
What about you? What do you think about love, books and movies? Have you read any of Janette Oke’s books? And do you also have generous friends who love to share their treasures with you?
PS There is also a Love Comes Softly video series, available on Youtube. Apparently these are different from the books but still good in their own way. My daughters have been enjoying them too.