six fanfictions i am currently craving:
- the steve rogers and bucky barnes are really mad about these newfangled bananas show, starring steve rogers and bucky barnes, who are really mad about these newfangled bananas
- this same fic, five more times
I got three paragraphs into reading the article and never want to eat another banana again
I always think of the old Cary Grant monologue from People Will Talk:
Sauerkraut belongs in a barrel, not a can. Our American mania for sterile packages has removed the flavor from most of our food. Butter is not served out of wooden tubs, and a whole generation thinks butter tastes like paper. There was never a perfume like an old-time grocery store. Now they smell like drugstores, which don’t even smell like drugstores anymore.
I think prose is really good. One thing about prose is when you get into the act of writing screenplays you have to become extremely rarified with your prose. I used to not believe it but it’s really true. It’s like, that’s the biggest I think leap from prose to screenplay. You can find any form—Format is relatively easy to pick up on…I think engineering, the mechanics of how stories work, that’s, like, really—it’s good to sort of take those machines apart because that’s a much more complicated way that things are working. That’s about arcing and, like, plot mechanics and scene mechanics.
But one of the things—Prose is great because you learn the command of the word—words—and you get an ear for phrasing like that, but when you are—and I am already still—I mean, like, I’m writing an outline now…and, like, I mean, it’s gonna take me forever to actually—I’ll write one and then chop down the prose to make it, like, digestible. Because you want—prose wants to just sort of balloon out into this kind of world of detail. If you love writing prose, then it sort of overtakes you and then you find that your script is thirty pages too long. And a lot of that comes from scene description and wanting to, like, bring people treasures in prose that have no—it’s the—it’s not pearls before swine. It’s like bringing swine into some place where you don’t want swine. Beautiful swine in a pearl palace—
—what the fuck? [laughs] Did I just say—
I, um, we’ll get all—we’ll get through this…—
[Amy Berg: (laughing) Please keep talking. Oh my God.] Ben Edlund (Nerdist Writer’s Panel #8)