Another Valentine’s Day for Writers!

This year’s selection of writerly views of the holiday, the subject of love, and, that most writerly POV of all – ourselves:

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And this year’s TVWriter™ fave:

A Valentine’s Day Look at RomComs

Ken Levine strikes at the very heart of things…yet again!

Whatever happened to Romantic Comedies?
by Ken Levine

[It’]s Valentine’s Day and also my birthday…. America celebrates my birthday by jacking up prices at all nice restaurants.

For those not celebrating their birthday, it’s supposed to be a day of romance.  And it got me thinking, whatever happened to Romantic Comedies?

Time was Hollywood made tons of them — and they were both romantic and FUNNY.

And now the few that we still have are by-the-numbers studio formula pictures.  It’s shocking to me the praise for CRAZY RICH ASIANS as a Romantic Comedy.   The celebration of a culture — great.  But as a Romcom, a typical predictable trifle that at best was a date night movie.

Compare that with FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, SOME LIKE IT HOT, THE APARTMENT, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, HIS GIRL FRIDAY, ANNIE HALL, GROUNDHOG DAY, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE LADY EVE, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, MOONSTRUCK, CHASING AMY, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, PALM BEACH STORY, PAT & MIKE, BRINGING UP BABY, THE GOODBYE GIRL, ENCHANTED….

Read it all at Ken Levine’s exquisite blog

Yeppers, that’s right. We said “exquisite,” and we mean it. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

Is Wattpad Saving the Hollywood Writing Universe?

Several regular visitors to TVWriter™ have suggested we run the following article, and accommodating sorts that we are, we’re giving it a whirl…even though we can’t tell if this is a view into a wonderful future for creators and viewers…or the mightiest piece of P.R. flimflam since, well, since the last mightiest piece thereof?

What do you think?

How young writers are busting into Hollywood with machine learning-fueled Wattpad
by Makeda Easter

At 14, Katarina Tonks thought she was going crazy. A teenager with an overactive imagination in a small New Jersey town, Tonks wondered if it was normal to have so many stories in her head. So she talked to her psychologist mother, who recommended she take up writing. A quick internet search led her to Wattpad, an online social platform where anyone can write and share stories.

“I opened up a document that day and started writing,” says Tonks, now 23. “It totally changed the way I was expressing my imagination and the way I was imagining these characters. It turned into my outlet.” An outlet that just happens to have some 70 million readers — many of whom aren’t shy about sharing their opinions.

Tonks found that out when around 15 she started writing her second story on the platform, “Death Is My BFF.” The dark romance exploring a relationship between the Angel of Death and a young woman caught on with Wattpad readers, who shared thoughts on their favorite characters and plot twists as Tonks expanded the story into a book series. Based on the response of fans — plus the input of a professional editor — Tonks rewrote the series, whose books in their original and updated forms have racked up nearly 62 million accumulated reads on Wattpad.

It was only a matter of time before Hollywood took notice. Last year, Wattpad Studios — which is responsible for adapting the platform’s most successful stories for the entertainment industry — brought Tonks’ story to television producer Paul Shapiro, who then hammered out an acquisition deal for “Death Is My BFF” with Sony Pictures Television.

“[Shapiro] told me on the phone he had certain criteria and mine hit the mark in every spot he wanted,” Tonks says.

Whether Tonks’ project will be produced is still unknown, but it wouldn’t be the first Wattpad story to go to Hollywood….

Read it all at LATIMES.COM

WGAW January 2019 Calendar

Here’s what going on at the Writers Guild of America West this month. One of the best ways to network is to hang with the working writers there, plus there’s a ton going on that can help all of us, including non-members, in so many ways. So, for your edification:

Events listed are current at time of publication. Dates and details are subject to change during the month. To see the live calendar, click here. (Member Login required for that, sorry.)

Urgent Message for Past, Present and Future DOCTOR WHO fans!

In other words, this one’s for everybody…because eventually everybody falls under the Doctor’s spell, one way – and one Doctor – or another:

2019 is the Time to Start Listening to Big Finish’s ‘Doctor Who’ Audio Dramas
by James Whitbrook

With “Resolution” done and dusted, we are officially all out of Doctor Who on television until 2020. Whovians are pretty used to waiting huge lengths of time to see new episodes—like, say, that 16-year gap after the show was cancelled—but if you’re aching to get something Who in your brain, the perfect opportunity lies ahead of you: audio dramas.

See, 2019 isn’t just the Year of No Season 12, it’s actually the 20th anniversary of Big Finish’s line of Doctor Who audio dramas. After kicking off on July 19, 1999 with “The Sirens of Time”—a story that bombastically crossed over the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Doctors (and was…mostly kind of only decent, but hey, it was a start!)—Big Finish has spent two decades expanding across all of Time and Space with a truly remarkable amount of Doctor Who adventures, covering different Doctors, companions, and spin-offs.

It’s led to a true wealth of opportunities for fans who’ve never dipped into the world of audio dramas, regardless of what their favorite kind of Doctor Who is. Hell, what other franchise in the world outside of maybe Star Wars can say it took one-off guest characters and gave them their own spinoff series 33 years after their one and only story aired on TV? Big Finish’s love for as many corners of Doctor Who as it can get its hands on runs deep. But what makes 2019 the perfect time outside of the fact it’s a special anniversary?

We’ve recommended Big Finish multiple times in the past, and a lot of the reasons why are still relevant now, simply because those audio dramas still exist. And it’s fun to recommend it leading up to the anniversary because the company is doing a ton of celebratory stories for it. They include “The Legacy of Time,” an expansive six-part adventure that unites six incarnations of the Doctor with a whole host of characters from across both the classic and modern eras of the show. But it’s also just that, especially in the last few years or so, Big Finish’s Doctor Who offerings have expanded and exploded in a way that makes them even more relevant to an even wider contingent of Doctor Who fans….

Read it all at i09.GIZMONDO.COM