Terrible things people post on social media

But what is lonch?

(baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me no more)

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They really don’t have enough space based musicals

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Speaking of which, answer an additional question for me: Is the sound of music a musical?

My argument, musicals cannot be set in Austria.


I mean I’m trying to fill in a LOT of gaps here. But I’m guessing her thinking is that a film can only be one genre (nonsense) and that films set in space default to being sci-fi.

So I guess by the same logic spaceballs couldn’t be a comedy, for example

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I don’t know enough about her to know for sure but maybe she’s just winding up film fans? In which case these tweets are great :smiley:


That was my first thought.

Nor can Blazing Saddles (western) or The Producers (historical drama or musical). Bad luck Mel Brooks!

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More for the discussion under it. I obviously get that making anything creative takes effort and work and all that but, honestly, so much of that skill comes from being able to do it as a hobby in whatever spare time you have (which is a massive privilege). Get properly irked by this kind of gatekeepery shite, especially around something as fundamental as imagination and creativity

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I’m a bit conflicted by this. Obviously no one should be discouraged from pursuing a creative passion, but I think it’s also fair to defend things like writing as a valuable skill / trade that can’t just be done by anyone. I say this as someone who writes for a living - marketing / copywriting etc - and is constantly being undermined by people who assume it’s something anyone can do. And when imposter syndrome hits, it can feel like that, but then you see what the senior manager comes up with for an article and realise, no, actually it turns out not everyone can.


It’s very, “Don’t encourage them, Jeremy!” isn’t it?

Unlike art and music, writing is consistently undervalued as a creative skill because it’s something almost everyone does almost every day - for a certain value of do anyway. It’s only people who have sat down to try and write prose who fully appreciate it’s like either of the others in terms of practice, learning and natural talent, and unfortunately most haven’t gotten around to that.


Not bitter at all about how much part-time artists earn in comparison to writer counterparts btw

Here’s a spicy take for the “my neurologist could easily write a book” crowd: it’s much, much easier to be a doctor than a professional novelist.


I failed badly at A-Level Chemistry whilst breezing through English Lang and History. On the other hand: Yes, 100%.

There are about five people from my year at school who became doctors, and at least one of those is a total bozo I wouldn’t trust to make me a coffee.

How many people from my year became novelists? ZERO. Check and mate.

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It’s much easier to write a novel than to do brain surgery though.

Being good enough to make a living from it is totally different.

Both brain surgery and writing a novel are equally easy. Doing them well… :man_shrugging:


Think you have to be quite well-trained at brain surgery before they’ll let you have a crack at someone’s parietal - so anyone who does must be reasonably good at it (you’d hope)

But there’s no guarantee of quality from novelists, even successful ones, e.g. JK Rowling. You can be a published author and still be shit, whereas shit brain surgeons get struck off (you’d hope). Different standards innit