This post was written by guest blogger Carrie Hoffman.
A friend and I were talking recently about how we’ve never seen a good movie about what it’s like to be a writer. There are plenty of movies about writers, and about the literary scene in general, but they tend to create “types” of writers — the shut-in, the eccentric, the angry drunk. And the movies make writing this important act of self expression, where the writers sit at typewriters and agonize over their words with lots of balled-up papers next to trash cans on hardwood floors. The writer’s whole life becomes overtaken by what’s actually just a small part of our lives – they talk about their “work” endlessly with other characters.
The Coen Brothers’ movie Barton Fink parodies this, of course, and is a brilliant movie, but it’s not really aiming for representation of what it’s like to be a writer.
In the end, I think my friend and I decided that a good movie about a writer would probably have nothing to do with writing. What do you think? If anyone can think of a good movie about a writer, let me know and I will post the results and my responses here.