Mar 2 2012 11:00am

Get Out of Town!: Author Jennifer Estep Talks Vacation Movies

Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in Romancing the StoneToday, we’ve asked author Jennifer Estep to stop by to talk fabulous getaways. Her latest book, By a Thread, is out this week. Thanks, Jennifer!

In By a Thread, the sixth book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, my heroine Gin Blanco decides to go on vacation to try to forget about her worries for a few days. That doesn’t work out so well for Gin, though, and her vacation ends up being filled with danger. So in honor of Gin’s trip, I thought I would talk about some of my favorite movies where the characters get out of town for vacation, work, or something else entirely.

Romancing the Stone

When romance writer Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) goes to Colombia to find and rescue her kidnapped sister, she sees plenty of new sights and has lots of adventures, just like the ones she writes about in her books. Along the way, she also meets her true love, Jack Colton (Michael Douglas). Who wouldn’t want to take a trip like that?

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in The ProposalThe Proposal

Book editor Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) isn’t happy about flying to Alaska to meet the family of her assistant and fake fiancé, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), but she’s willing to do whatever it takes not to be deported to Canada. But Margaret doesn’t count on falling for Andrew and enjoying the time she spends with his family. Sometimes, a few days away from the office can change your perspective on everything—including the cute guy you work with.

Beauty and the Beast (the Disney version)

An enchanted castle that’s home to a lonely Beast probably isn’t on everyone’s vacation wish list, but that’s were Belle ends up in this animated classic. Along the way, she and the Beast fall in love, and she gets serenaded by singing furniture. All those dancing teacups and candlesticks really know how to put on a show.

Daniel Craig and Eva Green in Casino RoyaleCasino Royale

Nobody is a more sophisticated globetrotter than Bond, James Bond (currently Daniel Craig). The suave spy goes everywhere from Madagascar to the Bahamas to Montenegro in this movie. Of course, Bond is on the trail of some bad guys as he jet-sets from one fabulous location to another. But amid the shootouts and near-death experiences, Bond always seems to make time for a martini or two. Nobody mixes business with pleasure and fights to the death like Bond.  

Christmas Vacation

Sometimes, the best vacations are the ones where you stay at home and relax with friends and family as you get into the holiday spirit. Or not, in the case of Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase). Nothing may go according to Clark’s plan for a perfect Christmas, but the mishaps are fun for the rest of us to watch.


What about you guys? What are some of your favorite vacation movies or vacation spots?


New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals—Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. Visit for more information.

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Christopher Morgan
1. cmorgan
Doc Hollywood was always one of my favorites. It could be because of a slight guy-crush I have for Michael J Fox due to Back to the Future, but the movie is great. But really his vacation wasn't exactly what you would call intentional...
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
Love these movies and love vacations! Now I'm jonesing to watch Romancing the Stone and plan a trip.
Megan Frampton
3. MFrampton
Jennifer, I have to admit I have never seen Romancing the Stone. Crazy, I know! Maybe redline_ and I should have a viewing party.
4. katalyna
Yay! Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favourite movies! And I loved the Proposal too
5. wsl0612
The only remake I've ever asked for is Romancing the Stone! I love the movie plot, I love Kathleen Turner, but I am soooo turned off by Michael Douglas :-( I really wish this movie would get remade with a new couple that I could appreciate!
6. Beklemeyin
Yay! Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favourite movies! And I loved the Proposal too.
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