The Things That Move Us

Watch Budweiser's puppy love commercialThere was a chat on Twitter this week about Super Bowl commercials — ones that were especially memorable because they were really humorous or really touching. It reminded me of something a well-known New York editor once said at a conference: That the kinds of novels she hoped to find and publish were “really” stories, as in really sad, really funny, really clever, really scary, really something. Because those were the kinds of stories that moved us. They touched our emotions and made us feel.

And that, in turn, reminded me of something else I’d heard or, possibly, read lately. (The words of wisdom I encounter on the Internet these days have a tendency to start blending together, and I can no longer recall if the source came from YouTube or a blog site, LOL.) In any case, I liked the understanding that the speaker/writer conveyed…that although it takes a “big brain” to write a good book, it takes an “even bigger heart.”

When I look at the authors whose work I greatly admire, or think back on the films, TV shows, or even commercials that stayed with me over the years, it’s usually the ones that made me smile and get a little teary at the same time that I loved most. This classic Hallmark commercial about “Freddie and Sam” was one of my favorites as a kid:

And the link HERE is to the new Budweiser commercial called “Puppy Love” that will be shown during the Super Bowl this Sunday. It is, in a word, adorable.

What are some of your favorite TV commercials? Ones that touched you, made you laugh aloud, or just really surprised you? I’d love to hear about them!

The Road to You - Brant - smallAnd on a final note, for those who may not already know this, my coming-of-age romantic mystery — The Road to You — has been on super sale this week! The ebook is just $0.99 (at least until midnight EST tonight — reg. price $3.99) at Amazon/Kindle (worldwide), B&N/Nook  (US/UK), and Apple/iTunes (US, UK, Canada, AUS, NZ).

It’s also the February Book Club pick on The Reading Frenzy, so if you’d like to be part of the online discussion and read/chat about the story with me, please do!! It’s a public blog, free and open to everyone. From Feb. 3rd – 9th, we’ll begin by reading Chapters 1 – 6 of the novel and discussing it. More reading and conversation will follow throughout the month. So, if you’d like to join in for a week, for all of February, or even for just 10 minutes…you’re more than welcome!

Happy Weekend, All. :razz:

About Marilyn Brant

Marilyn Brant is a chocolate addict, a music junkie and the USA TODAY bestselling author of ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all from Kensington Books, as well as a number of light romantic comedies, including THE SWEET TEMPTATIONS COLLECTION (2013) and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (2013). Her latest novel -- a coming-of-age romantic mystery called THE ROAD TO YOU -- was just released in October 2013!
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11 Responses to The Things That Move Us

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    I love the Budweiser commercial. Funny, I told my husband about it at dinner last night. And emotion means a lot o me in a book. More than wonderful writing or wit. If I don’t feel it early on, I often stop reading.

    Congrats on the book club pick! Your book has so many great elements, it’s a great book club choice. :)
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  2. I always love seeing the Budweiser Clydesdale commercials, and I thought this year’s commercial was really sweet and heartwarming.

    And congrats on your pick club pick.
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    • marilynbrant says:

      Thanks, Jennifer! I’m excited about the book club ;).
      And I’ll admit to being really impressed and drawn in by the whole series of these Budweiser commercials. They really found something that reaches people, and it was a surprising thing, I thought, for a company known for its beer. I’m already looking forward to whatever they come up with next time!
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  3. Marilyn, *you* are one of my hero’s and your words – in your books and in your blog posts – always touch me in some way. You are so genuine and warm and it shines through. Thanks for being so awesome. And thanks for sharing the new Budweiser commercial. This is the first time I’m seeing it, and oh my gosh, I love it. Congrats on your Book Club pick!! I loved The Road To You.

    Have a great weekend!
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  4. elena k says:

    can I have this puppy??? what a fantastic commercial! I don’t know if you have seen this commercial but I loved it when I saw it!irrelevant with the product but a touching story and an amazing song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkYkp34yw5E your book looks really interesting!

  5. Marilyn, huge congrats on the book club pick! You deserve every accolade :)

    I love books that are really books, too :)

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