Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Writer's Fate

Why is it that even successful writers are often too modest to demand their share of credit and respect? It has to do with our profession. As writers, we're always starting all over again. Being a playwright, you have to live with despair, resentment, rejection and failure. Whenever you deserve praise, there are many others to take it away.  If what you wrote is a success, it's the director's merit; if it's a flop, you get all the blame. Take it and live with it, or try to find another line of work. You can always become a director.


  1. Nevertheless a movie taken from a novel is nearly always considered worse than the book. By the audience AND by the critics.

    Who blames the writer - and not the director - when a play becomes a flop? The producer??? Who else??? And why? I am trying to understand.

  2. The critics usually blame the writer if a play fails or if they hate it, and they praise the director if they love it. Believe me, I have some experience.

  3. I certainly believe you, and maybe I now have got the point.

    It sounds like: since their job is as well to comunicate by pen, they consider themselves as would-be-writers (and NOT as would-be-directors) and therefore the writer is someone whom they envy... and therefore disconsider - if success occurs.

    While they consider the director a representative of another category whom they do not compete with, and therefore politely praise - if success occurs.