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Is ravelled a word?.. 
18th-Mar-2010 07:52 pm
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My continued love/hate relationship with Matthew Graham. (You had to have known this was coming when that interview was posted.)

Also, I've apparently liveblogged an interview.

Matthew Graham's Den of Geek Interview

But it wasn’t her, it was us. We’d written it like that. We had said to her we want this arch-ironic approach, and as the show progressed, we stripped that away. And then by series two it was clear from all of us that we wanted to ground it more and more, and we want to do more of that in series three. To the point where we know Alex does actually say in series three, ‘I never used to take this world seriously, but bloody hell, now I do.’

It’s a bit of a gamble, a long investment. But we knew it was going to pay off.

Dude, you fucked up. Don't pretend it was some 'grand plan', because no one, NO ONE would intentionally write their lead character to be such a horrible douche in anything other than a redemption arc or anti-hero story, and Alex hasn't had that. You didn't realise you were writing a douche. You thought the audience would sympathise with Alex way more than they did, because they had with Sam, and hey, Sam's not always all that likeable. But you forgot about the key moments of LoM where Sam showed he had a heart and compassion. About the obvious respect Gene began to have for him. That the audience had already been through this journey and acquired a natural apathy to the terrors.

It wasn't deliberate, because that's not a worthwhile risk. You gain nothing from it other than to annoy your audience, and why would you do that when the project is already a gamble? Yes, some of the audience still somehow liked Alex, because they did feel that sympathy --- either they're extraordinarily compassionate, or they never saw Life on Mars, or they were pleased to see a lead female character. But those of us who disliked Alex intensely had Damn Good Reasons, and I would say they weren't all written and acted that way on purpose. It came down to misjudging what people actually wanted to see, and what they were willing to forgive. It came down to not knowing what you actually wanted. Easy as hell to do, but no less a fuck-up.

The Mark Grieg love is good. I agree with the assessments of his prowess and I am sad he's not writing any of the S3 episodes.

There’s no way you can tie it all up in a neat, very simple thing. It was all a dream, it turns out they were all aliens.


Matthew just said 'head-fucking'. I... what? WHAT?

And you have to say that we’re human, there are always going to be things and glitches because we’re human, and that’s the nature of television.

We're human, and occasionally we make mistakes, but we don't admit that at the time, we say it was intentional. HAHAHAHAHA! (And this bodes for: complete lack of continuity. You. Arse.)

He's a BSG fan. Huh. I hated it from mid-S3 on. And stopped watching it. Which I don't do a whole lot, so that shows my level of hatred. I feel somewhat saddened now that this is the case. I would very much like to see Matt make a Farscape reference. Also, he's SUCH a fanboy.

It’s a different system, and we’ve been a bit frustrated by it in some areas. At the moment we’ve got a couple of really exciting projects that we’re developing over here, and we’ve got a movie to write this year, too. We’re kind of focussing on that. = Matthew and Ashley are so married. Everything is 'we'. N'awww.

They owe me monsters! = How is it I find him so fucking adorable? I don't even know.

All of this stuff on Bonekickers is gold. I never got past episode two, and I keep thinking I should. I like that here, here Matthew has the decency to be honest in his mistakes. Personal growth: 1. Self-aggrandizement: 9.

You might fall on the wrong side, but it’s better to fail trying to do something new than just coming up with a Cornish detective with a sidekick a bit younger than him. Solving crimes in a rural community.

What about those of us who have a healthy love of those kinds of shows as well as the Life on Marses of this world. You contradicted yourself again, Matthew. A second ago, it was good to have that balance, and now, down with the soft-focus low-energy teledrama the UK is infamous for?

Okay, so maybe there's a point there. It's better to fail trying than to to be miserable because you never try at all. I get that. It's that whole "better to have loved and lost" thing, which I don't necessarily agree with, because love is hard. And so is writing.

I still love rural detective shows, though, so there.

I really love Matthew Graham, you guys. I just really, really do. He's utterly ridiculous in the best ways. He's funny, he's smart, he's a bald-faced liar. I want his brain, in a jar, by the door. Or not, because that came out so much creepier than I intended.

18th-Mar-2010 10:56 am (UTC)
Is ravelled a word?

Well, Shakespeare certainly thought so ... but then he also used 'o'er-perch' which you don't hear anywhere else. You pays your money and takes your choice on this one, IMHO!

18th-Mar-2010 10:59 am (UTC)

I actually googled it shortly after writing, and yes, it is.
18th-Mar-2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
I really love Matthew Graham, you guys. I just really, really do. He's utterly ridiculous in the best ways. He's funny, he's smart, he's a bald-faced liar. I want his brain, in a jar, by the door. Or not, because that came out so much creepier than I intended.


18th-Mar-2010 12:46 pm (UTC)

Okay, so it came out exactly as creepy as I intended.
18th-Mar-2010 01:12 pm (UTC)

I have always maintained that you are one of the scariest people I know, simply because people assume that you're *not*. XD

18th-Mar-2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
It's the beauty of me. No one ever says "she's the one who envisioned Sam committing suicide continuously in ever more creative ways" or, "she's the one who wrote the story with Gene walking around as a bloated corpse. And it was humour" or "Two words: Sam/Sockpuppet." They don't even mention my gigantic tin hat and tendency to rant about something that, by rights, should have been ranted about once and never mentioned again.

No. So long as you intersperse your crazy with enough sweet-loving Sam/Gene slash or buddy cop fic, I've noticed you can get away with a lot of batshit insanity.
18th-Mar-2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Not completely true. I've got a reputation and I've written way more "sweet" than "dodgy". Really. Well, if you substitute "sweet" for "fairly hot porn" anyway.

Not fair. *sulks*
19th-Mar-2010 09:35 am (UTC)
No, see, you had your crazy pretty much all in one memorable block. You didn't do the interleving thing.
18th-Mar-2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
I can totally see a certain pair of pychos doing that. How do you fancy getting even more meta?
18th-Mar-2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
18th-Mar-2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
I'll have a word with C.

We're massively overdue for another installment, anyway. (And bearing in mind the current issue on the comm...)
18th-Mar-2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
... have I missed something? What issue on the comm?
18th-Mar-2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Won't say in an unlocked post, will PM.
19th-Mar-2010 09:35 am (UTC)
Thanks dude.
18th-Mar-2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
This is where the running and screaming starts, right?
18th-Mar-2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
That icon is exactly how I picture Chris as he turns up at the canal for that midnight meet with Sam. Hee!

Well, it was either that, the hedge trimmer fic or the team barbeque. We need to come up with a shocker for the comm for fairly obvious reasons.
18th-Mar-2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
There are those of us who will always love Bonekickers because it was so bad it was good.

Love is a 40 degree angle after-all. /Bonekickers reference.

Would the jar have a label on it?
19th-Mar-2010 07:40 am (UTC)
I think you approached it the way people were meant to :D

I was SO RELIEVED when Ash initially said it was a joke, though. Part of me had been very worried.

Yes, the jar would say "My Humongous Brain". :D
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