Criticism, even the constructive kind hurts, but is necessary just like food and vaccinations. I just received my analysis on my vampire script. At first I was defensive and shocked that these experts cannot seem to comprehend my vision.
Everyone just naturally assumes that a vampire script is a horror script. Even funny vampire scripts get skewered by critics — think Love at First Bite with George Hamilton and Susan St. James and the great Mel Brooks’ Dracula – Dead and Loving It.
I prefer Love at First Bite, but my point is that vampire movies don’t have to be just horror films. Vampires can fall in love — think True Blood or Twilight; make sacrifices — think 30 Days of Night. I’m just not sure I agree with the way vampires show their “affection.”
After recovering from the painful skewering, I began analyzing what the expert wrote. Imagine my surprise to discover that much of what I read will improve my script!
I am now preparing to rewrite once again, but still intend to keep this as a love story because we have too much horror in the world. Alas this means that this better be the greatest love story since Love Story. Mr. Brooks, got any pointers for me?