Meet Zuke, a college freshman whose understanding of love has been shaped by late-eighties romantic comedies, and who attends a school so strict it's against the rules to go to the movies. Zuke and his buddies, separated from the women on campus and forced to entertain themselves, form a club called the Brothers in Pursuit, which holds weekly meetings during which all the members dress in matching and embroidered boxer shorts, stand at attention to Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," and report back to one another on their objectives: God, knowledge, compassion, and women. Love on the Big Screen is a novel of friendship, the dangers of romanticized love, the complexities of faith and real life, and what happens to one young man as he finds out that life is nothing like the movies he loves.
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About the Author
Following eight years of coaching and teaching in Indiana and North Carolina, William began to feel a tug toward the more peaceful and reflective life of reading and writing over the long and stressful hours of coaching. While earning a master's degree in English Education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Torgerson participated in a National Writing Project Summer Institute, read Stephen King's On Writing and Donald Murray's Write to Learn, and became convinced that he wanted daily writing as a part of his life.
In 2006, William graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, home of the legendary writer Flannery O'Connor, with an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing. William is an assistant professor in the Institute For Writing Studies at St. John's University in New York. His adaptation of Love on the Screen was awarded the Grand Prize in the Flickers Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition. In addition to novels and screenplays, William writes short stories and articles on teaching and writing, and his work has appeared most recently in the University of Maryland's Sakura, Old Dominion University's Barely South Review, and NYU's interdisciplinary journal Anamesa. You can find William on Facebook as "Bill Torgerson" or on his "William Torgerson and Love on the Big Screen" page.
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My bday wa s the 28th of june and i was 16 and i have a yukon
Zuke believes he has a grasp on how love works, he has watched and studied just about every 80s movie flick out there. Zuke is a sophomore at a Nazarene college, on the basketball team¿albeit a bench warmer, and English major. You would think as an English major he loves reading/writing¿well no a beautiful girl named, Abby is an English major and so Zuke signed up for the same major in order to get to know her better¿it¿s what Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything would do. With his good friends, the Brothers in Pursuit, they seek God, Knowledge, compassion and most importantly women. Through the ups and downs of relationships, love and the intricacy of life Zuke learns everything he learned in the movies is nothing like real life. I couldn¿t help but like Zuke. He was so much the everyman underdog character. In those great 80s movies growing up (yes yes I just aged myself) I always loved the Farmer Ted/Lloyd Dobler¿s of the movies. I couldn¿t help but feel like I was getting a rare glimpse into the male psyche, while reading Love on the Big Screen. This book would have sure helped when I was in high school! All joking aside, I did enjoy reading Love on the Big Screen. For me, I thought it had a slow start, but the more I got to know Zuke and his friends the more I enjoyed it. Once Zuke, started waking up and realizing how love in the movies is very different than real life I liked him even more. More than anything I really enjoyed the ending. The ending was all about being real and not a ¿movie¿ type ending. The only real negative was a guy humor. Not really my thing, but that might be because I¿m a girl. A definite lighthearted read.
Finding romantic love can be (always is?) a complex struggle marked by chivalry, anticipation, ecstatic peaks, and painful lows. Sometimes, the opportunity for love presents itself without the necessity of invitation or romantic effort. And sometimes it seems to happen instantaneously. LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN explores these possibilities through the experiences of Zuke, a small college basketball player, and along the way the reader encounters suprising sequences of action, genuine laugh-out-loud humor, and moments of wrenching anxiety and perplexity. I am a twenty-six year old guy who spent his college years hopelessly pursuing girls who wouldn't be returning my efforts. Three years ago though, an acquaintance from those years reappeared to me, and I knew the first time we "re-met" that she was what I had been pursuing. I knew it was love with her, but it had taken all of those wasted years before to come to that point where I could be so immediately confident. I relate to Zuke as he strikes his own path in such a journey. That is NOT to say, however, that LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN is the same cheesy romantic story you've read 100 times before or seen countless times in Hugh Grant movies:) As a reader of this novel, you will be guessing until the very final pages how Zuke's story will conclude.
The story of Zuke and his quest for love is a must read! Torgerson expertly steers Zuke down his path of self discovery. You won't be able to put it down!
Loved, loved, loved LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN. The story of Zuke, a student at a small Christian college, will make you laugh, think, and reminisce about the 80's and 90's through clever details and pop culture allusions. There is a resonant truth in the story of Zuke that we can all relate to as he struggles with love, relationships, college life, and quest for true happiness. Torgerson's prose is fresh, and the characters he created are true to life and very relatable, while at the same time interesting and often surprising. LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN is a page turing read that succeeds in creating a perfect balance of humor and thought provoking themes.