Lights! Camera! Action!: Kelly Fiore on Life and Movies

 While most of the time we wish our life could be like a book, we often watch a movie and think, "Gee, I wish my life was like that." In Kelly Fiore's latest book, Just Like the Movies, two girls set out to bring a little movie magic into their lives. Today, Kelly dishes on which movie she wished mirrored her own life and what she thinks now.

I think was 17 or so when Titanic came out. I remember thinking, in my less than rational moments, that it would be worth it to be stuck on a sinking ship and face a horrific, freezing cold death if it meant finding true love before going under.

What can I say? I’m a romantic.

These days, I don’t think an ideal relationship requires that much drama. But, as a teen, I was definitely drawn to movies where a girl fell in love with her best guy friend or a friend’s boyfriend or the boy next door. When I was a freshman in high school, I went to see Clueless in the theater. The relationship between Paul Rudd and Alicia Silverstone was both innocent and filled with chemistry. I adored how they started out sniping at each other, merely teasing and taunting as a form of flirting. I’m really attracted to that idea — the idea of fighting as foreplay, assuming of course that we’re talking about verbal sparring.

As an adult, my version of an ideal movie relationship really hasn’t changed all that much. When I watch Judd Apatow movies and see how his real-life wife, Leslie Mann, interacts with her (twice now) movie husband, Paul Rudd (again), their biting, sarcastic interactions are a reality I can relate to. Mann and Rudd’s interactions ring true to those of us who have a “real” marriage that isn’t all hearts and flowers and perfection all of the time. There are peaks and there are valleys. I loved seeing this on-screen. Not to mention these actors are flippin’ funny.

My own love story is movie-worthy in many respects. My husband and I were just teenagers when we met for the first time at a job we both worked at. I don’t remember him at all (but he says he was smitten with me, going so far as to look up the “hot new girl at work” in his yearbook.) In college, friends re-introduced us and, when we started dating, no one thought it would last. Now, over 12 years later, I always laugh at people who believe 19 or 21 is too young to find forever love. My teenage self believed in it. My adult self believes in it still. Love doesn’t have to fade or disappear, but it does have to evolve.

So, when I think about the perfect movie — the movie I wish mirrored my life the most — I think it’s probably a combination of a couple different movies at once. It would have the humor and biting wit of a Judd Apatow comedy, but the sweetness and happily-ever-after ending of a teen romance. The truth is, though, that my life is probably all those things already. So, unless Paul Rudd is single and wants to give my husband a run for his money, I think I’m going to stick with my own love story.

- Kelly Fiore

Tell us in the comments which movie you wish your life could be like, and be sure to pick up your copy of Just Like the Movies in-stores or online today! For more YA authors and books, check out our Everything YA page.