When it comes to my writing, I’m a bit like a method actor. I have to stay in the head space of the book the entire time I write it, and that means reading and watching a lot of things connected to it, whether it’s a nonfiction book I’m reading for research, a period novel written by an author of the time, or watching a hundred versions of the same movie over and over again.
Here are just a few of the movies and tv series I watched “for research” while I was working on All For One. As you can imagine, there were several versions of The Three Musketeers on my list for this rewrite:
The Three Musketeers (1993)
I find this Disney adaptation equal parts horrible and wonderful. It remains one of my favorites.
The Three Musketeers (2011)
This is the steampunk version, for those wondering, and another favorite.
This 2nd generation tale about D’Artagnan’s son is another that’s equal parts horrible and wonderful. I love the sarcasm.
Legend of the Seeker
At one point I just started googling “girl with sword” and adding the movies that came up to my list. This is actually a tv series from the ’90s, and not a favorite. I made it through mostly because of Kahlan, but still didn’t care much for the way it ended.
Set in a Civil War hospital in Washington, this PBS series is one of my all time favorites.
Wild Wild West
It’s steampunk. It’s got gunfights. It’s got humor. Yep, just what the doctor ordered.
North and South (UK)
I’m talking about the one based on the Elizabeth Gaskell novel, not the John Jakes version. But the class distinction and dispute in this mini series did influence some of the political drama in All For One.
Do I really need to say why this is on the list?