Finally managed to get hold of the February 2011 edition of Yorkshire Ridings Magazine which has an interesting piece by Christina Surdhar on Yorkshire and how it has been used as the romantic backdrop in films.
I’m always intrigued by vivid settings, especially ones which can become a character in themselves. Lots of people think of Yorkshire as bleak, and Yorkshiremen certainly don’t have a very romantic reputation, but it is the most beautiful county, and even those bits of it that are grimmer than others have a strong identity. There are some places that you can imagine very clearly even if you’ve never been there – think the Scottish Highlands or the Australian outback, or Paris or Venice or New York – and Yorkshire is one of them. And when you get to those places, and they’re just as you pictured them … well, that’s romantic in my book.
And funnily enough, that’s what I say in Christina’s piece, because, yes, I got to be interviewed, and some of the glamour of the earlier piece on romantic films rubbed off on me. I particularly liked the photo of me channelling J.K. Rowling at one of my favourite York haunts, the bar at City Screen, where so much of my plotting takes place over a bottle of wine. I am not generally very photogenic, so hiding behind sunglasses and not looking at the camera works for me, I think, and a cup of coffee has replaced the bottle and glasses, which looks so much cooler. Must try it more often.
Which places do YOU think make romantic settings?
If Yorkshire does it for you too, Yorkshire Ridings Magazine are running a short story competition and offering a prize of £200 plus publication in the magazine. Your story can be based on true love experiences or fictional ones, but it must be set in Yorkshire and be no more than 1,000 words. See the website or this month’s magazine for details.