“But for the Arrow writers, there’s that source problem: Oliver is destined to marry Laurel, which means that Oliver-and-Felicity are off the table, not gonna happen, thanks for playing, unless the showrunners are willing to jettison the Black Canary for the Blonde IT Girl. They have, in short, the Felicity Smoak problem: you think as a writer you have control of your universe and you do, until your characters and your readers or viewers react in ways you didn’t foresee. At that point, you’d better learn to be flexible or go down fighting a losing battle. The characters are always right.”—
From Jennifer Crusie’s essay “The Problem of Felicity Smoak”. It’s got smart stuff to say and writers writing about writing and meta analysis of a CW show by a woman who both writes and teaches writing professionally. Plus, it’s Crusie. Do you need more? (via barefootwithneonhands)
I went and read the essay, oh my gosh, it is so brilliant. She puts her finger right on all the issues.
“Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it - that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”—Stephen Fry (via breakfastathepburns)