For my second look inside the Chrysalis series we have Ellie who loves to fall into movies. Those TCM commercials with Martin Scorsese talking about saving the old movies and remastering them makes her get chills. She’s a little more girly than I am, I have to admit. Although she appreciates all movies for different reasons it seems she’s into old school films and teen rom coms…but then again she is only seventeen. Right now she’s all excited because she found Take Her, She’s Mine with Jimmy Stewart and Sandra Dee. What can I say, she relates to the bubbly love struck girl.
What you might not understand when it comes to Ellie Chisholm is she doesn’t just experience the movies, she becomes the characters. She is Mollie Michaelson, or Holly Golightly or even Sara from Save the Last Dance. When people talk or interrupt the movie it’s almost as if they’ve violently grabbed her and tore her away from a warm womb of protection. Yes, Ellie can be overly dramatic at times.
There is something about a watching a movie that helps her block out the world. She doesn’t hear the bump in the night. She won’t know if danger is coming, because for her she’s completely safe. Much like when she’s with Oscar. With the combination of being in his arms while watching a movie…Ellie can rebuild her strength.
Let’s look into book one of the series again, when Ellie was attacked in the park. The next day she laid in Oscar’s arms all day and watched romantic love stories. Then in book two Oscar spends the whole book trying to prove to her their love can last, even though Ellie can’t seem to find a movie to prove it could be real.
Yes, Ellie lives in the world of fantasy, but sometimes that’s an okay thing. We all do it. Whether it’s buying a lottery ticket, fantasing about your favorite actor bumping into you on the street or even looking ahead at your son or daughter when they are on the court of field. Sadly we all have to step into the real world once in a while…and that’s where Ellie has problems.
I invite you to join Ellie in the world I’ve created for her…sometimes it’s safe sometimes it’s not, but much like a movie you can keep going back to it and see a new aspect that wasn’t there before.
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