Distant Memories: Reflecting on Titanic

Okay, so as many of you know, I’m a huge Titanic fanatic. I love reading stories about the Titanic, fictional and nonfictional, and putting together the pieces of to me what is a timeless tragedy. And this year originally I was going to once again read a book related to the Titanic, and have a review written up for today but as per usual these days things got in the way. So, I got to thinking, how else could I commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic?

And suddenly inspiration struck me. Or at actually the music I was listening on Spotify struck me. I could do a post about the 1997 movie Titanic. Because not only do I love reading stories about the Titanic, I also enjoy watching them. Especially if it has Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio in it.

Rose and Jack Gif

Now I honestly can’t tell you the number of times I have watched Titanic since it first came out in 1997. Or the number of times I have listened to the soundtrack from the movie. Do you realize how good the music from the movie is for studying? I don’t know what it is about it but it totally works for me! Anyway, let’s flash back a little, and I will tell you about the first time I ever saw Titanic, and what it was like for me.


In 1997, I was 10 years old, and I remember seeing the trailer for Titanic, and thinking that it looked like a good movie. I also remember really wanting to go see it in theaters but I wasn’t able to for some reason. Add in the fact that my grandparents did get to see it in theaters when it came out and imagine the disappointment of a 10 year old girl. Luckily, my grandparents enjoyed the movie so much that they bought the two tape VHS of it when it came out, and let my mom borrow it so that she and I could watch it together. Flash forward to 2012 when the 3D version of Titanic came to theaters, my mom and I went and watch that together as well!

Back to 1997 and little 10 year old me was hooked albeit surprised from the beginning of the movie. I originally hadn’t realized “old” Rose’s role in the movie. I guess my young brain didn’t capture that when I was watching the movie trailer on TV. But I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying the movie, and enjoy it I did. I was captivated. I loved the characters. I loved actors. I loved the scenery. I loved the music. I loved how it felt like you were really there in the moment. And I felt for the people involved, I really did. There was something about the experience that really spoke to me and allowed me to start the journey to learn as much as I could about what occurred with the Titanic. I even wound up with a Titanic t-shirt that I wore until I could no longer wear it anymore.

Ship Of Dreams Gif

Of course, I have watched Titanic several times since that initial viewing at 10 years old, and every time I watch it, I still enjoy it just as much. Yes, there may be historical inaccuracies. Yes, there focus is about Rose and Jack, and not always the tragedy itself. Yes, Leonardo Dicaprio is still gorgeous. Yes, some people hate this movie but as you can tell I am not one of them. There really was something about this movie that spoke to a young version of myself, and made me want to learn more about what really happened. This movie made me fall in love with the story of Titanic, and for that I will forever be grateful.


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Allison is 27 years old. She is always looking for new books, good music, quality/epic adventures, and a normal sleep schedule. She currently works with the elderly.


  1. I am completely obsessed with the Titanic. And much like you, because of the movie! I saw it twice in theaters – not to rub in it! – and still cry when I watch it. Heck, I can just watch the last part of the movie and cry. Like, heaving sobs of tears. Ugly crying.

    I saw it in 3D with my fiancee and these annoying ass teenage girls would not stop talking. One guy yelled at them and they shut up (right after Rose and Jack lock eyes) until it hit the iceberg and started up again. That’s what I yelled at them – the one and only time I’ve ever yelled at someone in a movie theater. Seriously . . . shut up.

  2. I LOVED Titanic when it first came out and still do. Much of what I love about the movie also pertains to what I love about books. Epic love stories, high stakes, deep character development, and a strong female protagonist. Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t hurt either.

    I love your love for Titanic and this whole post and just everything.

  4. I was not allowed to watch Titanic when it first came out since I was at the tender age of 7. Fast forward to the VHS release, my friend down the street procured a copy and I immediately high-tailed it over for some “movie watching”, careful not to divulge WHICH movie we would be viewing that afternoon. From that moment on I was OBSESSED with the Titanic. I read fictionalized accounts, fact books, memoirs, anything my little hands could find. I didn’t get to see the 3D version in theaters but Titanic will forever be one of my favorite films of all time.

  5. Love your post and gifs! I love Titanic tooo. For some reason I didn’t see it in theaters when it was out either (I was 11) but I saw it the next year on VHS. Not sure when I fell in love with it but I’ve seen Titanic SO. Many. Times. since then! It’s epic and romantic and the acting & story is wonderful. For awhile, I only liked the first half because the second is… the second but eventually I sucked it up and would watch every glorious minute. And wow do I love the party belowdecks! “What, you think a first-class girl can’t drink?” The music is beautiful, haunting, and everything I love. (You’d love the Braveheart music too, same composer!) My friend is obsessed with the movie too so we saw the 3D rerelease together in theaters and I can never resist watching when I find it on tv 🙂

  6. OH MY GOSH THIS! YES! I love Titanic and also was OBSESSED with it when I was younger! I had a t-shirt, too! EVERYONE was jealous at school. I was the cool kid…for like 5 minutes, haha. The music is amazing and what an epic love story, eh? Obvi. I saw it twice in the first week it came out…my parents deserve a medal for helping me with my obsessions.