Hollywood Killed The Author


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So I just saw the trailer for the upcoming feature film of  the novel “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini.  I bought this book off the $1 table at my local store because the cover art was intriguing.  Oh little did I know about this story.  The 2007 book is a witty, incisive story of a young boy having young person problems where the narrative, character, and story are such standouts that it makes this book a captivating read.  Cut in three years later and have two relatively unknown screen writers (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck) put their paws all over this book; add a peaking star comedian and you have your standard Hollywood novel defamation act.  Why do writers let their work that they drafted and redrafted, revised and re-revised, then started over writing, then redrafted, and finally finish their great story; let amateurs take their stories and Hollywoodize them.  Hank Moody did it but I’m pretty sure he hates himself for it.

Anyways, I watched the trailer and it looks edgy and abrupt, which the book is, but as the movie The American (based on A Very Private Gentleman) showed me, you can’t always represent the narrative on film and have it do the story justice.  I really liked this book.  I really like Zach Galifianakis. I haven’t seen anything that either one of the two screen writers/directors have done but most of thier work gets decent reviews.  I really just hope that the movie does this book justice.  I may seem a little negative throughout this article but I am tired of good books getting mutilated on screen.  Check out this list, how many do you say are good, how many bad.  Of the books I’ve read & seen the movie I am disappointed.  The movies I haven’t heard of I judge them maybe unfairly but if it was good enough I think I would of heard about it.  I don’t know; I didn’t see Shutter Island (based on a book of the same title) or The Town (based on the book Prince of Thieves) and yet I hear they are both good.  I also haven’t read the books and just like my view of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the movie doesn’t hold a candle to the book.  If Jack couldn’t do it for me I’m sorry Zack I don’t think you will either.  I probably will pay to see this in theaters, I just hope I don’t leave the movie with the feeling I left The American with (bored, waste of time/money and confused.)

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OK so you don’t like to read,  then videos you shall have.

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Here’s the trailer to it’s Kind of a Funny Story

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in its 1975 entire glory.  Part 1/13

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Shutter Island

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The Town

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Californication

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The American

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