Nora Ephron is on of my top role models. She’s one of my favorite writers, screenwriters, directors, and all around boss lady. It’s no secret that I love her writing (just see how many of her books are on my reading list!) But let’s delve in to why she’s so great and her legacy lives on, shall we?
My exposure to her started with her trifecta of romantic comedy. I first watched You’ve Got Mail in high school, followed by Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally. I didn’t know at the time that she wrote all three, I just knew that I loved these movies. They were the romantic comedies that I loved but somehow these were different. Better, even. They are different but better in a different but better way.
Now near the end of my high school career Nora died and I actually remember the day. My mom had told me and I was disappointed, then heard a feature on her and her death on NPR. I was sad but all I had to go off of was that she made some of my favorite movies. I didn’t really know a lot about her.
Fast forward to this past year. I decided to read all of her work and watch every single movie she wrote. It’s a pretty tall order since she did so much, but I was able to read everything by her so far, but I still have three more movies to watch. Who would’ve thought that the movies would be harder to track down and watch than the books? Not me I’ll tell you that much.
I still have three more movies of hers to watch but I’m going to touch on why I love them so much. These movies are so specific and stylized that I can’t help but watch and watch and watch again. It’s something that I am taking notes on because that’s the style that I love and aspire to! I would love to create work like hers and I hope that through this blog I am getting lots of practice at it.
And if you’ve never listened to the commentary on these movies, I highly suggest it. It’s so interesting to hear how her thought process works and how the process of making the movie occurred.
These movies and her work also make you feel good. It’s like chicken and dumplings on a cold winter day. You sit down and know that you’ll be taken care of and feel good about life or at the very least, the people’s lives your watching on screen.
Yes, Nora is a big influence on me. I reread her work looking for inspiration and rewatch her movies for the same, but also to feel good. There’s something comforting about these movies. Whenever I’ve had a tough week or day I watch them. And I know that at the end of the movie that Meg Ryan will end up with Tom Hanks and the world is perfect just for one, perfectly stylized moment.