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Hallmark's "Just My Type" Left Unanswered Questions!

Starring:  Bethany Joy Lenz and Brett Dalton

Released:  2020

Summary:  A pop culture writer lands the interview of her dreams with a mystery author.  As they spend time together, she learns there is more to him than meets the eye.

Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC

Do You Think There Will Be a Sequel to Just My Type?

Hallmark left a few loose ends in the Spring Fever premiere of Just My Type.  

Vanessa Sills (Lenz) just receives the promotion of her dreams, thanks to her interview with renowned mystery author, Martin Clayborne (Dalton).  The problem is that her Senior Lifestyle Editor job is in Oregon, and her heart is with Martin in Washington.

At the very end, Vanessa returns to Thompson Lake, Washington, to connect with Martin at an annual town celebration, and they kiss.  The credits appear, but the viewer is left with unanswered questions.
  • Is Vanessa going to quit her dream job and move to Washington?  It's unlikely her work can be done remotely.  
  • Is Vanessa going to finally complete her first novel?  
  • If Vanessa focuses on writing, what will she do for money in the meantime?
  • Will Martin find success in writing children's books?
Either Hallmark's writers struggled to produce a satisfying ending within the allotted time frame and got sloppy, or plans are on the drawing board for a sequel.

Do You Have a Life Motto?

Vanessa has a motto that directs her life choices:
Go boldly in the direction of your dreams and live the life you imagine.
Goal-oriented mantras help some people remain focused and driven.  When Vanessa find herself hesitating at opportunities or making excuses for inaction, this motto helps her recalibrate and step onto the right path.

Vanessa's motto is reminiscent of Walt Disney's, If you can dream it, you can do it. 

What is your life motto?

Maybe an old adage from your grandma or The Golden Rule?

Personally, I hang onto Biblical scripture for direction, inspiration, and encouragement.  God's words surpass any human axioms or words of wisdom.  One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 8:28, which says, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  I love this verse because through the ups and downs of life, a Christ-follower can rest in the peace of knowing God will use everything that comes their way for a good purpose, even though the devil may have meant something for evil.

Old Typewriters

Have younger viewers even seen an old typewriter before this movie?

My mom used to have one that I played on as a child.  When I started college in 1991, my parents bought me an electric typewriter (we didn't own a computer or word processor), and I was blown away that it came with correction tape!  No more throwing away the entire paper when a mistake was made!

Vanessa is surprised that Martin uses an old typewriter to produce all of his novels, but it's a great homage to his favorite author, Ernest Hemingway, who wore out several typewriters over his career.  Hemingway's favorite typewriter was a Royal Quiet Deluxe, which was manufactured between 1939-1948.

There are still many writers who prefer the long-hand method of penning their works, but do you know who STILL uses a typewriter to produce her prolific novels?  Danielle Steele, the best-selling author alive.  In December 2019, she released her 185th novel!

Steele works a minimum of 20 hours each day on her writing, using a 1946 Olympia manual typewriter name Ollie.  Computers move too fast for her, and she's terrified one would "eat" what she's written.

Danielle Steel's typewriter

Just An Average Hallmark Movie

I enjoyed Just My Type, but it did feel a little slow-moving at times.  Brett Dalton isn't as charismatic as some lead actors, and the spark we expect between couples is barely a flicker.

Of all the professions in the world, it seems like Hallmark chooses for their characters to be writers eighty percent of the time.  One reason may be that writers can do the job from anywhere, which makes them easier to move to be with their true love.  I wonder, though, if Hallmark staff writers can't think beyond their own skill set.

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