10. The Romantic Playwright
William Shakespeare (played by Joseph Fiennes) in “Shakespeare in Love” (1998)
For those who did not cheat or sleep their way through high school, Shakespeare is a staple in all or most English classes. Then, of course, there have been a countless amount of subsequent plays and films to follow, but Will actually puts a face to the legendary playwright’s name in this Academy-Award winning movie. As love fluidly pours out of his sonnets and plays, one may wonder who exactly inspired him to be consumed by such romance. This is why his character is so captivating: it’s a writer discovering his muse.
9. The Messy Professor
Grady Tripp (played by Michael Douglas) in “Wonder Boys” (2000)
If you can’t do, teach. And in Grady’s case, if you still can’t succeed, do your boss’s wife.
Once again, writer’s block sucks a novelist dry of inspiration, but may easily be attributed to his excessive marijuana smoking. And although his student, James (Tobey Maguire), is the rising star, Grady affords more entertainment value. Scholarly savants seeking solace in forbidden trysts and narcotics are just more interesting.
Hanson, C. (Director & Producer), & Rudin, S. (Producer). (2000). Wonder Boys [Motion Picture]. United States: BBC.
8. The Love Letter Heartthrob and the Old Soul Diarist
Noah (played by Ryan Gosling) and Duke (played by James Garner) in “The Notebook” (2004)
Swoons were heard around the world when Noah Calhoun danced with Allie Hamilton in the streets of Seabrook, South Carolina. Hope was restored when he confessed to writing 365 letters to his love, and tears were shed when Duke revealed himself as the writer of the “Notebook.”
How good are these said love letters?
Cassavetes, N. (Director), & Harris, L & Johnson, M. (Producer). (2004). The Notebook [Motion Picture]. United States: New Line Cinema.
7. The Anonymous Diatribe Writer
Charlie “Nuwanda” Dalton (played by Gale Hansen) in “The Dead Poets Society” (1989)
Charlie “seizes the day” by anonymously publishing a diatribe in his prep school newspaper. Insisting that females should be allowed at their school, jocular and abrasive Nuwanda further mocks the headmaster by graciously (but inconveniently) accepting a phone call from God:
“Welton Academy. Hello. Yes, he is. Just a moment. Mr. Nolan, it’s for you. It’s God. He says we should have girls at Welton."
Failing to uphold Welton’s four virtues of tradition, honor, discipline and excellence, Charlie takes quite the beating for his disparaging article; probably not exactly what John Keating meant when he shoved “carpe diem” down the boys’ throats. And apparently he felt his writing was more important than sustaining an overpriced education and keeping your friends safely at bay.
Weir, P. (Director), & Haft, S., Thomas, T., Witt, P. (Producers). (1989). The Dead Poets Society [Motion Picture]. United States: Touchstone Pictures.
6.The Crazy Poet
The Mad Hatter (voice of Ed Wynn) in “Alice in Wonderland” (1951)
Never has there been a more nonsensical, illogical and ludicrous poet as the Mad Hatter. Prepositions are desecrated, tableware is flying and a small mouse is reciting the Hatter’s words seemingly drunk. His songs possess no meaning and are enough to make a young blond girl in a blue dress suffer from a considerable amount of distress (although she was clearly a rattled to begin with).
Famous riddle: "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" True to his nature, there is no answer.
And now Johnny Depp, under the influence of Tim Burton, will surely make him crazier.
See the trailer for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.