trish bendix

Well wouldn’t it be nice to be Dorian Gray?

Posted in Uncategorized by trishbendix on September 30, 2008

Over the weekend, Jamie and I went to the Green Lantern to the The Gits. The filmmaker and producer were there for a Q&A afterward, which was made a little awkward by the presence of beer and some of Mia Zapata’s “friends.” I thought it was done very well, but ultimately leaves some questions unanswered. Lucky for me, I have Google.com.

The director was, understandably, quite defensive about her choosing to keep out of Mia’s personal life, which can be difficult when that person is your film’s subject and happens to have been a real person. It must be difficult to want to put everything you can into a project like that and feel like you still can’t tell the entire story without leaving things out or pissing people off. I have yet to really feel that pressure in any kind of story I write, but there have been a few minor instances where sources have backed out or decided they didn’t like how I wrote the truth.

As narcissistic as everyone can be, I think they’d all like to have control over how they’re interpreted. That’s fair, but ultimately impossible, short of hypnotism. People are going to have their own ideas, whether they are valid or not. That is something I’ve definitely learned as a writer.

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