The Story of Hannah and Milly
It's not often I am truly touched by a fictional character or story.
The last time was a few years ago after viewing the final episode of "Six Feet Under"
I described my feelings about that show in an earlier entry in this blogairy titled " Yes, I cried hard".
Well it has happened once again.
Only much worse (better?) this time by far.
For a long while now I have become a complete sucker for romantic stories, movies and books.
I guess since there is no romance of any kind in my life, and no hope for any in the foreseeable future. I'm living my romantic dreams vicariously through fictional stories.
So far none of the classic romance movies or books I have seen and read of late have moved me.
Are they entertaining? Yes.
Are they sappy and emotional? Sometimes.
Are they helping to cheer me up? Occasionally.
But none actually touched my heart. None had really moved me.
And it wasn't a book. Or a movie.
It's a podcast.
A wonderfully tender, achingly romantic, excellently written, well produced and recorded Podcast.
The characters are so believable, so well thought out and so lovable that they melted my heart.
The story is told in such a slow build up fashion that you learn to care about these people and what would happen to them.
The podcast itself is more like an audio play. An updated version of a radio soap. The sound effects, background textures and attention to detail are all remarkable.
All these things grab you and keep you involved in the story.
I laughed a lot. I cried almost as much. Both tears of joy and of sadness. I yelled "No. No. No!" when the story took an unexpected twist. I cheered when the main characters made critical decisions I agreed with.
I discovered the podcast while searching for something to listen to while on the long drive from Orlando to North Carolina.
I was so engrossed in the podcast the drive just disappeared.
Luckily the story was broken up into 44, Yes 44 parts. Each one clocking in around the 22 minute mark.
The podcast I'm so enamored with is called "The Diva Story"
Here is the very brief teaser description:
The Diva Story
The opera hating CEO of a chocolate empire is forced to become the mentor of an upcoming diva.
Hannah Emsworth – Leroy has a date at the theater…with her mother. She hates opera and can’t wait to get home. But tonight is just the beginning. She will soon have a diva on her hands.
The opera singer, Mildred North (Milly) is a very talented up and coming performer and Hannah her patron. After a rough start they end up falling for one another.
The link to the podcast is:
Yes, the name of the podcast site is "The Lesbian Romantic"
Because I am a Lesbian.
And this is a lesbian love story. A loving, romantic, tender, touching, emotional story.
Everything I would want in a real relationship.
For those of you who did not know my orientation before this. there it is.
Technically I'm labeled as a "translesbian". I don't really acknowledge that label as a woman (which I am) who is only romantically interested in other women (which I do) is simply a lesbian. No trans designation needed.
Give it a listen if your interested. There are other podcast stories on the site but I have yet to listen to them. I need time to recover from The Diva Story first before I get involved with more stories.