Located in America’s Deep South, South Carolina has famously been the setting of many significant events in American history and has a rich and diverse indigenous culture. It is emphatically and proudly a ‘deep south’ state and this southern identity influences much of the cultural output South Carolina has to offer.
The Secret Life of Bees, originally written by Sue Monk Kidd in 2002 and later made into a motion picture by Gina Prince-Bythewood is an enchanting story set in South Carolina in the time of the civil rights struggle.
The Notebook, adapted from the book by internationally-bestselling novelist and screenwriter Nicolas Sparks, is also set in South Carolina and uses the state as a backdrop to its romantic storyline.
Pat Conroy’s 1986 novel is also responsible for placing a South Carolinian romantic drama upon the international big screen. The Prince of Tides was adapted into a film in 1991, where it picked up seven Academy Award nominations. Its plotline is based on the narrator’s journey back to his childhood home in the state, to come to terms with his adult psychological struggles and discover the root of his problems.
As one of the US Southern states, South Carolina is the birth place of multiple artists and their various styles of music; including rock and roll and early rhythm and blues. The state is probably best known on the music scene for being the hometown of the ‘Godfather of Soul’ himself, James Brown whose iconic songs ‘Get on Up’, ‘I Feel Good’ and ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’ have become globally famous over the last 60 years.