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If Siffy* Can Do It

August 18, 2009

I am rebranding, as for obvious reasons I must strive to appeal to a broader audience, one of sophistication, taste, and an erudite nature, as well as take myself utterly seriously as a writer. This blog shall now be known as “Hollywood Jane: The Graduate Experience,” and I’ve changed my header accordingly.

Jk. LOL.

Well, not about the header, but never fear, this blog won’t become stuffy or pretentious just because I’m now a graduate student at USC. I’m still the same Hollywood Jane I ever was, and don’t see that changing any time soon. I am the writer who, when my new classmates were professing their summer love for Dostoyevsky, Philip  Roth, and Flannery O’Connor, stood up and announced to the room that she had just finished reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and loved it. What’s not to like about Jane Austen heroines killing Unmentionables?

While I will always stand up and declare my intense dislike for William Faulkner, I certainly don’t think it’s wrong to like literature, I just resent the implication that not liking certain prize-winning novelists makes my opinions less valid, or that I’m less serious about my craft. However, instead of feeling persecuted by the literary elite, I have decided to take a different approach. I am going to show my peers that there is nothing wrong with liking, or admitting you like, commercial fiction, film, or television, and there is certainly nothing wrong with writing it, as long as it’s well-written, the same as any other.

It certainly sells better.

So, here’s to rampant commercialism!  And just wait until I start expounding on graphic novels, that’ll really blow their minds.

*Excuse me, SyFy.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2009 2:03 pm

    Good luck to you with all of this, Jane. I know you’ll do what you need to do in order to make it–no matter what your cohort seems to think of television.

  2. August 22, 2009 7:05 am

    Yes! I agree wholeheartedly with this post. I hate pretentious people. Especially those people who admit to liking something BEFORE it became popular. The quality of the work doesn’t change because more people discover it. Hrmph.

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