John August, who may be the most qualified screenwriter currently running a screenwriting blog geared to aspiring writers, received some nice press for his blog from the New York Times today. You can see his blog here and the New York Times article here. (You have to register for the NY Times, but it’s free.) John’s explanations are regularly to the point, no nonsense, good advice. His blog has been and continues to be an inspiration to this blog. His adaptation of “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” opens in July. Congratulations on the nice press and good luck with the opening.
Here is the preamble to a question I have for you:
Some people criticize story analysts/readers as being overly harsh on all material because they are frustrated writers bitter about their own lack of career. I have never bought that excuse for getting poor coverage, but that is just my opinion. In another post, the subject arose of submitting your script directly to buyers, for example through a direct contact inside the buyer, versus submitting through a producer. A variety of differing and conflicting opinions emerged regarding the best way to submit. Being strategic is important, but there are obviously different ideas about how to do that. In addition, story analysts are not uniform in their attitudes or prejudices. About the only thing they are uniform in is that flawed or poorly executed scripts get uniformly hammered. That’s what readers do – look for storytelling flaws and poor execution. However, well-executed scripts often get hammered, too, by various readers for various reasons.
So, today, here is my question for you. What are your experiences with readers? If you’ve seen coverage of your own material (which is usually a brutal experience), tell me, did you see any reader prejudice?
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