Every aspiring writer dreams of the day when they finally see their name in print. Whether it is in a publication or for their own published novel. However, since this dream is no walk in the park, it helps to live vicariously through characters that have already gotten there. Here are eight suggestions for films and TV shows to watch when you feel like giving up on your dream.
The Devil Wears Prada
WWMPD, what would Miranda Presly do? What would Meryl Streep do, period. The Devil Wears Prada is an iconic film for many reasons. Set behind the doors of Runway magazine, we get to see the highs and lows of trying to make it in that field through Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway). And not just any magazine, a fashion magazine. While of course the film has its exaggerated moments, there are still some pearls of wisdom as well. Like you’ll eventually succeed just by being you, even if it takes you a bit longer.Beauty & The Briefcase
In this Hilary Duff classic, she plays Lane Daniels, a writer who dreams of getting published in Cosmopolitan magazine. And in order to get her first story in the magazine she has to go undercover by dating men in suits in a job that she knows nothing about. Through this decision, we see the backfire she receives based on the length she decides to go just so she can get the story. This is one of the films that represents the tenacity and drive that comes with being a writer.
Like Hilary Duff, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days goes undercover to get a story. It is literally as the title of the film suggests, she dates a guy and behaves in ways that will make him want to break up after 10 days. The character Andie sheds light on how a story can bring you out of your comfort zone to the extent that you can change due to it and come out someone different on the other side.
Aside from all of Nora Ephron’s films being the best romantic comedies created, Sleepless in Seattle is a great film for an aspiring writer. Meg Ryan plays a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, who after listening to a child speak on the radio about his father who won’t date after his mother passed away, she feels a sense of duty and connection to find this family. And she frames it as an excuse to write a story. This film is filled with a lot of emotions which help a writer strengthen their compassion for their sources. Even if you’re not an aspiring writer, it is just a wonderful film.
This television show pulls the curtains back on what really happens in publishing. It takes place at Scarlet, a magazine mainly run by women for women. Leading the charge is the powerful Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin). However, it follows the three best friends, Jane Sloan (Katie Stevens), Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy) and Kat Edison (Aisha Dee) as they make it in New York and face obstacles but manage to work through them by incorporating these impediments into their jobs at Scarlet which leads them to find themselves. The Bold Type which aired its finale last month displays how much writing can make someone discover something they never knew about themselves.
Adapted back in 2014 as Heba Regl el Ghorab but the original is still better. Let’s keep this debate aside for some other time, though. We follow Betty Suarez (America Fererra) as she is struggling to get hired in a magazine due to her looks until she eventually does at Mode magazine. The show’s wit, heart, and Latino representation reminds any aspiring writer that to call yourself a writer, you have to get out of bed and get a ton of rejections. Until you get one ‘yes.’
This celebrated show is still talked about for many reasons. The fashion, the characters, the New York scene, but most importantly the characters’ jobs. For instance, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) was a columnist and fashionista with her weekly column, Sex and the City. The inspiration of how Carrie was able to integrate snippets of life into her work is something that can’t easily be taught especially to a writer in the making.
Ever loved something so much that you pretended to be someone else just to get it? Well, that is exactly Younger. Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) hasn’t worked a day in her life since she got married. But after she got divorced, publishing houses won’t hire a forty-year-old. So she could either let her and her daughter go hungry or get back to her love for books but pretend that she is a twenty something. Yes, the premise seems a bit out there, but the show is well executed. And it also ended early last month. Younger teaches you a lot about the value of novels, writing, and chasing your dreams, no matter how late you may be. And we can all use that.
These films and TV shows are a compilation of characters and plots that will inspire you to keep moving forward with your dream to becoming a writer. The next time you get stuck, these are just one click away.