The Last of the Mohicans

Laura Frantz Uncategorized

I’ve been thinking about the now old or classic film The Last of the Mohicans lately & can’t believe I first saw it 30 years ago. I was really young & had been writing for years but watching this movie had a lasting impact on me, much like a biography of the last Empress of Russia was a spiritual turnaround for me.

I’ve never been much of a movie buff as I’m so into books but I lost count of how many times I saw this in the theater back then. I was instantly smitten with Uncas, mesmerized by Alice’s cliffside scene, & thought Cora the quintessential 18th-century lady {that hat!}. The setting was lush & raw & terrifyingly beautiful, the essence of the American frontier.

It cemented my fascination for all things 18th-century & opened the door to writing my debut novel, The Frontiersman’s Daughter, published in 2009, 17 years later. I wrote that novel over a blissful decade of no deadlines or social media, just raising children in the remote woods of the Pacific Northwest. I didn’t even want it published though I’m so glad it saw print!

I’m always amazed at how the Creator of the universe uses ordinary things like books & movies to speak to us & inspire us. Nothing limits Him. He is endlessly creative & relentless in the very best way in His pursuit of & love for us. And I remember this film like it was yesterday. If only there were more epics like it. But in the words of the author —

“Every trail has its end, and every calamity brings its lesson!”
James Fenimore Cooper