Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hostage Heart vs. The Town

A friend called me yesterday to tell me that she just saw the movie “The Town” starring Ben Affleck and Rebecca Hall… “You know,” she said, “it reminded me of one of your books, Hostage Heart.”

About The Town: “Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean. With no real attachments, Doug never has to fear losing anyone close to him. But that all changed on the gang's latest job, when they briefly took a hostage--bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). Though they let her go unharmed, Claire is nervously aware that the robbers know her name...and where she lives. But she lets her guard down when she meets an unassuming and rather charming man named Doug...not realizing that he is the same man who only days earlier had terrorized her. …” (courtesy of Movie Insider) The movie is loosely based on Chuck Hogan's book "Prince of Thieves".

About Hostage Heart: “Life was hard after the hurricanes swept through, destroying her parents' home and livelihood...Deanna did the only thing she could do. She moved to New York City, found a job, worked hard, scrimped and saved to send what little she could manage back home to Louisiana to her parents. An errand for her boss - a chance encounter with a crew of bank robbers - a kind man who tried to help her and deserved her courageous help in return... But he wasn't the man she thought he was...no, he was so very much more!” In Hostage Heart, Deanna is taken captive and falls in love with one of the bank robbers. Admonishing herself for her poor judgment, she nonetheless mourns after she watches him shot down during her rescue. She later learns that there is duplicity and has to survive someone’s need for revenge.

I had to chuckle how the combined theme of a hostage and an ensuing love story made my friend think of my book. I feel honored to have one of my stories come to mind. There are, after all, only so many stories – it’s the telling that makes all of the difference. There have been many times when classics such as Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story were compared.

Of course though I have to wonder (and hope for) how it can come to pass that a movie producer would turn one of my tales into a movie starring some sexy hunk?

Are there any takers out there?


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L. E. Harvey said...

I think they used your book for inspiration, Chelle. That other book they refenced was just a cover ;)

Chelle Cordero said...

LOL, love it Lauren! thanks for stopping by.

Janet Lane Walters said...

Don't know the movies but I do like the books of yours that I've read