With the recent release of Hamilton on Disney+, it really had me thinking about creative licensing. Lin Manuel Miranda created a genius, genius musical that’s entertaining, gripping, and also historically inaccurate in some places. But at the end of the day, it leaves us not so much upset, but rather intrigued on what actually took place while our founding fathers fought for our independence, and to build what we have today.
While I can’t see myself doing that with Ruth, which takes on more of a 1997 Titanic-esque feature, where I’m implanting fictional characters in historical setting(s). Of course, now within the next few days, I’ll wind up watching Titanic again.
For the record, I—am—a Titanic-buff. The ship, the passengers onboard, all of it. My favorite place in the world aside from Disney Springs is the Titanic museum in Orlando. I made friends with the actress who played passenger-actress Dorothy Gibson, and proudly sang “Nearer my God to Thee” at the Dinner Gala Dan and I took part of at the museum—when she reached for someone to sing with her when the ship was sinking.
I want to keep Ruth as historically accurate as I possibly can, which is why I’m taking my time writing her. Because at the end of the day, she also would be considered historical fiction. On a side note, I’ve begun a different project to bounce back and forth with, which also requires another set of research. I’ll explain more of this project in another post. This one is based more on legends and myth. I’m actually having a lot of fun doing it!
Then again, I suppose that’s also the beauty of historical fiction, right?
That actually happens to be one of my favorite genre to read. While I’ll practically read anything, I typically lean towards the former.
My favorite book is Nefertiti, by Michelle Moran. I’ve read this book cover-to-cover about three times now. A book I’m never bored with, surrounding Queen Nefertiti, Pharaoh Akhenaten, and narrated through the voice of Mutnodjmet—Nefertiti’s sister. I think it was after this book that I became invested in reading more Egypt-related novels. And, I’m sure we can imagine my excitement when her sequel, The Heretic Queen, came out about Nefertiti’s niece, Nefertari, and Pharaoh Ramesses II.
If you haven’t checked her out already, please, I implore you to do so—you won’t regret it.
I’ve also read I, Eliza Hamilton, by Susan Holloway Scott. Another historical-fiction novel based around, you guessed it, Eliza Hamilton. Recently, she also published, The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr, which I’m currently reading. About Mary Emmons—a young girl who was sold into slavery by her uncle (post death of her mother) and went through a series of trials and tribulations before becoming the servant of Aaron Burr’s first wife, and ultimately entangling herself with Mr. Burr.
Susan Holloway Scott has such a beautiful writing style. Definitely worth checking out!
The only book I can’t seem to get through is the novel, Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow that both instigated and inspired LMM to create Hamilton. A book that is thick, and chocked full of informative text about the founding father. It’s a goal of mine to finish it…someday.
I further think how amazing that a book could spark such a creation that has exploded into what it is now. How powerful we, as writers, actually are to string together beautiful words to invoke feelings in others.
While I continue to whittle away at both Ruth and this new project, I encourage all of us to find something that sparks that warm, creative light inside of us that is begging to be lit. Maybe it’s something/someone that speaks to us, strikes that nerve, or that part of the brain that grinds the gears to get us moving.