Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I knew fan fiction was all the rage within fantasy nerd circles, but who knew that an Annie Proulx short story about two gay cowboys - made into a vastly overrated Ang Lee film, Brokeback Mountain - would inspire a whole new circle of jerks to send out their limp purple prose.
"There are countless people out there who think the story is open range to explore their fantasies and to correct what they see as an unbearably disappointing story. They constantly send ghastly manuscripts and pornish rewrites of the story to me, expecting me to reply with praise and applause for 'fixing' the story. They certainly don't get the message that if you can't fix it, you've got to stand it." (Independent UK)
Having had a short obsession with reading online erotic fiction myself, I can only imagine the sludge that Ms. Proulx received in the mail. I mean, sure, it's fun to write... I don't mean to dis the fans for doing their own thang, but to send it to her like "hey... you should've done it this way". Huh!?!?
It would be like me gathering up some friends to reshoot the last half of Indy 4 because it didn't meet my expectations and then sending it to Spielberg. Ok, yeah... I'm sure he gives a sh*t!
I do kind of admire people with egos large enough to send their favorite author a writing sample. It must be kind of self-affirming in an ignorance-is-bliss sort of way. Cuz lord knows when they don't receive that letter of adoration back from Ms. Proulx (or whomever) said pseudo-writer will just stand in front of the mirror and say, "Whatever. She just doesn't get my brilliance!"
These people grow up to be Jeffrey Wells.