- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
I first saw this film when I was only if first grade, and of course, I’d seen plenty of movies by then but somehow this one just stuck. To this day the overture and opening credits put a smile on my face, and I can’t help but sing along to all the songs. Jane Powell easily became my favorite actress, and unabashedly admit to wanting to be able to be as good of a singer as her one day. 2. Neptune’s Daughter
A lesser know film, his was both my first Ester Williams and my first Ricardo Montalban movie and I’ve been in love with it since. Red Skelton and Betty Garret are the perfect comedy duo, in my opinion, and I loved their rendition of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. All this, plus Keenan Wynn’s sarcastic humor, make this to be an amazing film.3. Meet Me in St. Louis
It was tough to pick only three, but this definitely had to be in it. From Margaret O’Briens touching tears to the Tom Drake’s charismatic awkwardness, this already wonderful film is topped off with one of MGM’s biggest and most talented stars, Judy Garland. This film is bittersweet for me because it represents Judy at her best, but soon her health and personal troubles would tumble after the making of the movie. Still, it remains one of Hollywood’s most iconic musicals of all time.
1. Ruby Red Trilogy
So I know many of you may not know this series, but it is worth a read. This is one of the most hilarious and well written books I’ve ever read. The plot is stellar and so well written that you won’t know what hit you by book three. And while I was disappointed in the movie, Kerstin Gier could not have done a better job with her novels. Seriously. Read these books. You won’t regret it.
2. Mansfield Park
To many Jane Austen fans, this is not Austen’s best work. In fact, many call Fanny Price’s character too weak. Oddly enough, while I adore Pride and Prejudice and Emma, this one really resonates with me. Fanny is overlooked and taken advantage of and I pity her and connect with her character more than any of Austen’s other leading ladies. Her kindness and unwillingness to hurt others is endearing, and her love for her cousin is touching. However, for those of you looking for a stronger willed Fanny, I would recommend the 1999 movie. I personally prefer the book, but for those of you who don’t care for the book, at least give the film a try.
3. Little House on the Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novels brought my forth grade self on a journey through history across the American West that lasted three months. They fostered a love for historical fiction, and history in general. From these novels I grew to read so many biographies and historical novels and series (like Dear America). I would discover in my middle school history classes that I was years ahead in terms of my historical knowledge, and it’s all thanks to one girl writing about her life on the prairie.