She may have been born in Germany, but secretly, Charlotte is an ‘All American Girl’. She gets her fashion inspiration from Serena Van der Woodsen and has never been able to scroll past a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. And still, I was surprised by her soundtrack preferences…
I would like to think that Charlotte and I have a film to thank for our friendship: back when we were BA-students the two of us shared a room during a weekend field trip to Nuremberg. On Sunday morning before breakfast, we decided to see what’s on TV and came across one of Disney’s best hidden treasures, “The Adventures of Food Boy” and we’ve been practically inseparable ever since. Charlotte is one of my most cherished friends, not least because she has shared some of my most niche TV obsessions and has recommended many great shows to me over the years. So she wasn’t obvious choice for 3 Questions…
1. Which book would you like to see adapted into a film?
I would love to watch a movie based on Emma Straub’s “Modern Lovers”. It is a charming, multi-generational love story set in gentrified Brooklyn. The book is light-hearted and fresh with a cast of original characters – the aging former members of a rock band and their children. I listened to the audiobook this summer and it would make a sweet summer movie. Think more Stuck in Love and less gritty superhero movie n° 1.000.
2. A film you wish you hadn’t watched?
I kind of wish I had not seen every single Nicholas Sparks movie. They are all completely the same! Yet, I cannot scroll through an airplane movie list or Netflix’s romance movie section without pushing play when I come across these cheesy concoctions. I like to pretend it is a “research interest” because I once wrote a paper about Sparks’ utilization of the South but, honestly, it is sometimes just fun to watch very good-looking people fall in love.
3. A film with an amazing soundtrack?
It is no secret that Quentin Tarantino is an absolute genius when it comes to creating movie soundtracks. My personal favorite is the Django Unchained soundtrack which I listened to day and night while writing my master thesis in 2014. “Freedom” by Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton will always remind me of the relief I felt after I submitted my thesis.