Quote for today 23

The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell, together, as quickly as possible.

(Mark Twain)

Truest words ever spoken. Especially for TV pieces I’ve taken to calling “meteorite fiction”.

Means that after the first ten, twenty minutes you begin to hope that there would be a streak of light across the sky, catching everyone unawares; a meteor strike that would incinerate every single one of the characters and the whole miserable little backstabbing world they live in and that irritating cutesy dog too, and leave nothing except a giant smoking crater filled with burning lava… because that’s the only ending that would be happy for me.

Also, I’m beginning to think that there are very few wisdoms that you can’t trace to either Mark Twain or Ambrose Bierce. Maybe I should collect the wisest sayings of both, and work them into a Gospel According to Mark and Ambrose. (14:11, “And yea he Ambrose did walk into the land of Mexico, the land that was in war, with chaos and mayhem troubled, and he did walk in, and he did not walk out. Where he died, how he died, no-one knows; but this one last piece of wisdom suffices to guess and tell all: stercus accidit. Amen.”)

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