The point of the Chronicles of Narnia post (just below this one) is that, when something works, it can take over my emotions and thought processes for a while. If something reaches me and rocks my senses, I want to figure out why.
Why did I have that reaction?
What about that song, or movie, or passage in a book, did that to me?
And more importantly, I ask the question, can I recreate that feeling in my writing?
For example, my daughter left a CD in my car and when I started it one day, a John Mayer song began to play. I ended up playing that song over and over, having my heart broken each time. Over the next few days I started to wonder if I could write a short story that captured the kind of heartache that the song projected.
I gave it a try. I think I missed the mark, but I may have come close (if you want to judge whether or not my story comes close to the emotions of the song, you can see a live performance of John Mayer's Dreaming with a Broken Heart here, and you can read my short story, Love, here).
One scene in the Prince Caspian movie (the very end scene - leaving Narnia again) has me wondering if I can capture the emotions I felt while watching it in a written story. I'll have to let it all ruminate in my head for a while and see what comes out.