Thursday, February 14, 2019

Romancing the What?

Do you remember the 1980s movie Romancing the Stone? I never knew what that title meant, and am still not real sure, even after a bit of research.

I checked the Cambridge Dictionary online and found “to tell stories that are not true, or to describe an event in a way that makes it sound better than it was.”

So, I thought, my novels are romancing. That makes sense. The word for “novel” in French is “roman.”

I’ve been romancing crime, romancing Illinois, romancing history…

But romancing a stone?

After reading the synopsis on Wikipedia, I conclude it was the filmmakers who were romancing the stone, an emerald.


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They told a fantastical tale about the good guys and the bad guys chasing after each other during the search for a great treasure.


Do you have a better idea?



Pat (Patricia) Stoltey is the author of four novels published by Five Star/Cengage: two amateur sleuth, one thriller that was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award in 2015, and the historical mystery Wishing Caswell Dead (December 20, 2017), a finalist for the 2018 Colorado Book Awards.

Pat lives in Northern Colorado with her husband Bill, Scottish Terrier Sassy (aka Doggity), and brown tabby Katie (aka Kitty Cat).

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9 comments :

  1. I'm not much of a romantic, but Happy Valentine's Day anyway.

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  2. I've become more romantic over the years, at least with regard to what I read, if not in real life. :D

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  3. I still put "St." in my wishes. Enjoy St. Valentines Day!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. The "St." makes it feel more like a real reason to recognize the day instead of a commercial push to buy cards, flowers, and candy. I wish you a good St. Valentine's Day as well.

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  4. Love this take on "romancing", Pat. I never did see the logic of Romancing the Stone. But then I've never been a Michael Douglas fan. Maybe that's my problem. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I liked Douglas okay at the time... :D

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  5. I loved that movie. It was all about the emerald for him, until he met her.

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    1. I like emeralds too, Polly. That's my birthstone...although I rarely wear jewelry except for pins on a jacket so I don't have a stash of gems. :D

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