I hope everyone had a great new year! Now since 2019 is officially here, I decided to make my first post of the year about 2018. Similar to my Looking Back: Inspirations From 2017 post, I’ll mention a movie, a TV show, a video game, and a soundtrack that inspired me from 2018.
As writers and creators, I feel it’s important for us to always be inspired. For many writers, inspiration comes from watching and reading other stories, so today, let’s talk about what stories motivated us from last year.
To start, here are the stories and mediums that inspired me.
Movie from 2018:
Honestly, I was divided about which movie to choose for this list, but I’ll be cliche and go with:
As a black woman, and especially as a black woman who likes fantasy, this was a refreshing movie to watch. I don’t want to make my selection all about race, but I did enjoy watching a majority black cast fighting the bad guys. Many of my stories include a diverse cast, so this film inspired me to keep writing diverse characters in my novels. Of course, I don’t feel including diversity should be forced upon any writer unless it’s important to the story. However, there are many different voices in the world, and as writers, it’s always good to have various kinds of characters in our work.
TV Show from 2018:
Harlots (Season 2)
Harlots is another tv show that I can write an essay about. Personally, I love historical stories, from the costume designs to the set pieces, and the wonderful portrayals of the different time periods. If you haven’t heard or watched Harlots, then know it’s about a group of women who are, you guessed it, harlots. However, even though they sell their bodies for sex, they are strong, powerful, and manipulate various situations in their favor. If you’re into stories that take place in 18th century England, then I highly suggest watching this show. Right now, there are two seasons out, but a third season has already been green-lighted.
BTW, Clash of Tides is set in an 18th-century setting, so watching this was even more fun for me.
Video Game from 2018:
So, I may be cheating a bit because this game wasn’t released in 2018, it was released in 2017, but I didn’t play it until last year. As an RPG fan, this is hands down one of the best games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing in my life! This video game is more than just a game, it’s an experience. I don’t want to write too much here, but if you’re a gamer and especially if you love JRPGS, then play this! Seriously, play it now! The character development is amazing! The world-building is easy to follow, and the soundtrack only enhances the gameplay. This game taught me so much about good character development and showing the relationships between characters.
Music from 2018:
I already mentioned the game, so I’m going to include the soundtrack on this list. The Persona 5 soundtrack not only captures the emotions of the characters and the scenes; it helped bring the game further to life. Sometimes, when I’m just writing and want to relax, I listen to a chill mix of songs someone created and posted to YouTube.
Well, that’s it for me, everyone! Out of all 365 days of 2018, these stories and soundtrack inspired me the most!