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Friday, October 12, 2012

No Value



Earlier today I was talking with my co-worker, PJ. We were chatting about how now a days I download most of my movies, due to my lack of funds, and how I miss all the extras they have on DVDs. PJ in answer to me said “I don’t know what your problem is to me all that is just crap and has no value.” I have to say my jaw dropped. I told him how I loved to watch “The Making of” videos and hearing the filmmakers’ thoughts on their film. Again, I got the same response that all of that material has no value.
Well, honestly, I’ve heard a lot of that in the horror community, especially from convention organizers. Seriously, you ask them about signing horror writers or horror screen writers you get the same attitude, it’s like you’re wasting their time, because in their eyes writers period are of way lesser value than filmmakers, actors, painted up scream queens, horror hosts, and documentary filmmakers.
I want to know when the fuck did writers lose their value and who the fuck made that decision? I mean give me a fucking break. I remember years ago when I would go to conventions, the old Fangoria Weekend and Creation conventions, that you had authors as regular guests. Hell, there used to be panels for horror and science fiction writers. Hell, screenwriters were treated like stars at the old conventions. I remember attending panels lead by Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, and even by Dean Koonz. It was what inspired me to start writing.
 Think about this, assholes…What would Friday the 13th be without that wonderfully crafted script written by Victor Miller? Or how about Scream without the genius of screenwriter Kevin Williamson. Or Texas Chainsaw Massacre without writer Kim Henkel. Oh, and what about Halloween without John Carpenter and Debra Hill…Oh, but I forgot John Carpenter is also a filmmaker so he does have value. And, what about authors? Why is Bentley Little, who has been bleeding and writing his art for years, so inferior to some jackass who edits together film clips and interviews actors for a direct to video documentary on a film franchise? What makes them such stars over a person who sits in a room for months at a time ripping their soul apart and creating entire worlds and people in his mind and slaving to bring their vision to the world. Excuse me, but how fucking dare you arrogant pricks say such a thing. If it wasn’t for the dedication of writers the filmmakers, who you fucks so admire so much, would be sitting around shooting films of trains coming into stations. All writers are important to horror. They are way more important than the fucktards that put out My Name is Jason or Never Sleep Again. If it wasn’t for the dedication and sweat of screenwriters these fucks wouldn’t have any material to do their fucking documentaries about. Yet, unless a writer isn’t a Stephen King or Clive Barker they are considered trash by convention organizers and thus only worthy of a vendors table in the back of the vendor’s room. Fuck you, you arrogant bastards. It shows how totally fucked up the situation is that a number of writers ended up emptying their own pockets to put on their own gathering in Kentucky to connect with fans, because they were sick of being treated like garbage by convention organizers. Look at the world you ignorant fucks. Computer tablets and E books are on the rise. People are reading again. The written word is not dying, it is like a phoenix and being reborn, so in the world writers have value. The horror community, and especially convention organizers, need to keep up with the times…Give horror writers and screen writers the respect they deserve, because they have value....

2 comments:

  1. Oh. I thought this was going to be about something else from the opening paragraph. I also think all those extras on DVDs are a waste of time. A lot of DVDs don't even have director's commentaries but only a bunch of preview trailers and 3 minute featurettes to pad the so-called "Special Features" so you aren't missing much. I thought the old Superbit DVDs had the right idea by improving the quality of the image using the maximum storage space of the DVD, but that's another story.

    As for the writers thing, I can tell you now that the screenwriter's strike a few years ago did them all a lot of damage. People were so pissed off by having their favourite TV programmes disrupted that screenwriters are despised to this day.

    "Desperate Housewives" and "Nip/Tuck" were irreparably damaged by the screenwriter's strike so if they can sit outside in the rain for all I care. I know that's not what you want to hear, but that's the other side of the argument.

    Also real authors don't write e-books. If someone says they are an author because they have ebooks online to download, I laugh at them. Only "published by a real publishing house" authors are worthwhile and even some of those suck so you can only imagine the quality of ebooks.

    But what do I know? I'm just a blogger. I wouldn't call myself a writer and I don't do conventions anyway.

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  2. Problem, Doc, is major publishing houses are embracing E books. Our paper books are going the way of the 8 track and the cassette. Being a viable published author means you have to have your work E published. Yes, self publishing is full of lack luster books that wouldn't have made it through the 1 out of 100 books submitted ideal that publishing house tended to do when I started out. Still, I say that writers deserve as much respect as filmmakers or actors... and actually in a world that uses words as much as the internet age does, they deserve more respect...

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