Next up in our onscreen authors series is Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster) from Nim’s Island.
Seems like most people weren’t overly thrilled with this movie, but I loved her character in it. She plays a terrified, hypochondriac author who’s literally afraid to leave her house…and she writes adventure novels!
Across the world, a young girl who adores the novels writes to Alex thinking she’s the novel’s main character, who is first-of-all a guy and second-of-all a very Indiana Jones-esque guy portrayed by Gerard Butler. Not at all what Alexandra is in real life.
Alexandra wants to help but really, really doesn’t want to leave her house.
Enter, her main character.
She imagines him teasing her and chiding her to get out there and have a real adventure. Their imagined arguments are hilarious, because as authors, I think we've all had these conversations with characters.
It’s really fun to see this writing dynamic onscreen. And it supports my belief that, by creating our characters, we’re pushing ourselves to be better people in the real world too.