Hollywood depictions of Kidlit authors…

We watched “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” tonight. The movie, not the TV show.

Mrs. Muir, a widow, is preyed upon by a lecherous, cycnical, revolting jerk, who is, of course, an only-in-it-for the-money children’s book author under the pseudonym “Uncle Neddy.”

It brought to mind another movie kidlit author: the extremely angry, totally in it for the money author from Elf.

Peter Dinklage

Both characters were named Miles, oddly enough.

Other than a biopic like Beatrix Potter or John Ritter’s Frank L Baum, we couldn’t think of another movie kidlit author. Can you? Hopefully someone not the scum of the earth!

We did think of a couple of TV characters who wrote kids’ books, Nancy from 30 Something and Faith Ford’s character from Murphy Brown. I wonder if any of the Smoking Man’s rejections were for kidlit?

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3 Responses

  1. I can only think of biopics as well: Anthony Hopkins as CS Lewis in Shadowlands and Johnny Depp as JM Barrie in Finding Neverland. Neither of those authors are wholly kidlit though. And JM Barrie is actually a playwright, so perhaps neither of those count.

    There was a made-for-television movie on the imaginary life of Hans Christian Andersen, Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale.

  2. I have a feeling something is being missed…

    In “You’ve Got Mail,” Meg Ryan’s character decides to become a children’s book writer after her store closes; her “knowledge of childrens books” is cited as a reason why, but, alas, we never learn if she can write, see her writing (or see her worrying about paying her bills after the loss of her store.) (I think I remember this correctly!)

  3. I can’t think of anyone, either, though I have a feeling that there’s a film or two out there about a children’s book illustrator. Now, ask me about librarians in films, and I can rattle ’em off!

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