“It’s these card and these movies and these pop songs. They’re to blame for all the lies and the heartache, everything! We’re responsible! I‘m responsible! I think we do a bad thing here. People should be able to say how they feel, how they really feel, not, you know, some words that some strangers put in their mouths. Words like ‘love’ that don‘t mean anything. Sorry, I‘m sorry, I, uh … I quit. I‘m … There’s enough bullshit in the world without my help.”
— (500) Days of Summer (2009), written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
The Daily Dialogue theme for the month: Writers and Writing. Today’s suggestion by Katha.
Trivia: According to the DVD commentary, the writer estimates that 75% of the film actually happened to him. The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year.
Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Katha: “Writers can change the people‘s view on the world – even if they‘re are writing greeting cards ; – )
Does fiction give an untrue view on the world (like Platon thought and the heart-broken protagonist of 500 days of Summer)? Or does it give a different understanding of the world?”