But I am a prejudiced writer. I have prejudices against other writers. A specific kind of writer, actually. FICTIONAL WRITERS. More often than not I hate fictional writers so. freaking. much.
Mostly I hate them though. And in some ways I don’t think it’s fair that I hate them, but I still end up feeling like they’re unrealistic and terrible.
First, to some extent it almost always feels like self-insertion.
Mia didn’t really feel like a writer to me. I mean, yeah, she wrote in a journal, but it was a very spontaneous transition. And then it didn’t come up again in Royal Wedding. When a writer is only a writer for convenience or to make a statement, then I let my gavel fall.
Second, it can be really hard to relate to.
Anyway, it’s hard to relate to Ellie because her problems are just a little too perfect and her success is built almost entirely off of getting a book deal against all odds. It’s just a little corny.
And on that note, third and last, the writer character is kind of cliche.
Like, here is the TV Tropes page on it, but to sum it up, writers are the driving force behind movies and books and stuff and so then they write about themselves and it’s the most boring thing ever after a while because everybody does it.
Glancing over TV Tropes and off the top of my head, I think of She’s Having a Baby, Superman, The Princess Diaries, The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, Life of Pi, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Murder, She Wrote, Castle, RENT, The Reformed Vampire Support Group, Finding Forrester, Myth-o-Mania, Sherlock, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Muppets, How to Murder Your Wife, Alvin and the Chipmunks… There are too many.
Because sure, you can write a good fictional writer, but first you have to prove me wrong. And those are my prejudices.