It's midpoint now in the SCAD film festival, which I am presently attending. I'm attending it so presently, in fact, that I am writing this very post while sat at the back of a panel discussion at the Savannah College of Art and Design. How is your week going? Unless you also saw 'We Need to Talk about Kevin' then the odds are high that it has not been as awesome as mine. Before Caowin gets any ideas about the similarities between his name and the eponymous 'Kevin', let me just emphasise that the film had nothing to do with my co-writer, and if it did then I would immediately break off my professional relationship with him [EDITOR'S NOTE - Caowinhim: 'No homo'.]
At any rate, I am not here today to talk to you about Kevin (no pun intended), nor am I here to discuss Caowinhim in any real and/or fictional way. What I am going to discuss is my art: that is, comedy. When learning the fundamentals, there are often two things that crop up - and obvious puns are neither of them.
|Though irony is fine. So is bashing Apple.|
|Which is good, because he lives in the friend zone.|
|No, you're not THAT terrible, Caowin. (Remember what I said about irony?)|
|"This isn't working out...No Stephanie- it's not you; it's those fucking stupid stories you write. Now if you'll just climb out of my life and into this grave I dug for you - in my own time, might I add." - Y. S. Rice|
|Look at the funny monkey while I remember whats going on.|
But enough about my bitter and darkened soul -
|American doctors even think it's heart disease, but I reckon they just don't get my British sarcasm|
|"Nope, it's definitely heart disease."|
"But wait, Y. S. Rice, you said you hated the film! Isn't subverting horrible tropes a good thing?"
Not when the subversion itself is now a horrible trope. The original 'Scream' succeeded, by all accounts, at this wonderful mission of trope destruction, and it is generally well-regarded as a result. 'Scream 2' did basically the same thing, but appended the exotic Arabic numeral '2' to the title (well played, guys!). The third instalment ramped everything up by changing the two to a '3'! And who said that originality is dead? Can you all see what I'm getting at here? There's a good reason that the franchise was dead for 11 years - that's over half of my life spent not ruined by this particular unecessary sequel. But alas, there is a reason that I bring up this film.
Just because you make fun of your lack of quality does not actually give your work any quality. Jimmy Carr can do it, Frankie Boyle can do it - most people can! But if Stephanie Meyer told the world that her books were crap, it wouldn't be witty or clever - her fans would 'pish and tush' her, while her enemies would simply high five.
Only in the entertainment industry do people even think they can get away with this move. Imagine if Bush or Cameron or any other scummy politician had thought they could be absolved of all their douchebaggery by playing it all for laughs... Hang on a second... What if..?
|David Cameron has been absolved!|
This has been yours weekly,
Y. S. Rice