The Eternal Sunshine Of ‘Broad City’

by Shelton Bumgarner

I’m extremely self-conscious about slipping into some major pop-art tropes as I develop and write this novel. I’m really nervous that I’m going to produce a Female Lead who is nothing more than Barb Wire meets Clementine from The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.

This must not happen.

So, I am actively thinking up ways to make my Female Lead sufficiently flawed that while boys will lust after her, maybe, men will get a sense of her and say, “Uhhhhh????”

It’s too bad that it appears modern feminist conventional wisdom is that the Manic Pixie Dreamgirl is, by definition, bad. I get where they’re coming from, but where else are hard up writer nerds supposed to get inspiration from if not from their own personal dating experiences?

It’s not like shulby broke-ass writer nerds are going to have the opportunity to date Captain Marvel, for Christ’s sake.

Meanwhile, I love, love, love, Broad City and specifically Ilana Glazer’s body of work. So, I’m trying to fit in a character in the novel I’m writing inspired, in part, by her.

But there’s a problem.

Glazer is “full figured,” and so if I’m not careful, if I model my Female Lead’s “best friend,”after Glazer, feminists — Glazer included — will just roll their eyes and say I’m using yet another tired pop art trope perpetuated by the patriarchy, that of the “‘fat’ best friend / comic relief.”

My only response is, while on an ideological level they are absolutely right, when it comes to telling a tentpole story, there are concessions that have to be made, at least in my opinion.

In other words, you just can’t please everybody all the time.

Because, really, if you’re someone who gets all bet out of shape over things like the Bechdel Test, then a great part like Clementine in The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind fails because could be seen as nothing than a high end Manic Pixie Dreamgirl.

I go where the muse takes me and given my own ideological agenda for the story I want to tell, I would like to think that maybe feminists might, just might, give me a break if my Female Lead is described as traditionally attractive relative to Hollywood standards.

Not that Ilana Glazer isn’t hot.

She’s a total babe

But that’s just not the direction I want to go with my Female Lead.


V-Log: Weighing Ilana Glazer & Phoebe Waller-Bridge As The Next Bond Girl

by Shelton Bumgarner

Just some idle rambling.

Ilana Glazer Or Phoebe Waller-Bridge Should Be The Next Bond Girl

by Shelton Bumgarner

I’m a big fan of the James Bond franchise. I always liked the opening scene of Moonraker when the space shuttle is stolen. I really like what they’ve done with Daniel Craig. He’s very modern, very of the moment, and has brought a new level of creative seriousness to what had been a rather campy series.

I’ve written some before about how I think Ilana Glazer would be a perfect Bond girl. She’s funny, smart and audiences would laugh and laugh as a strong, independent woman such as she inevitably fell for James Bond. I saw Solo today and it occurred to me that someone who might fit the part a little bit better is Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She has the same spunk as Glazer, but she’s British and the interplay between she and Craig would be sexy and funny. Both women are hot in an unconventional way that would bring a little bit of spark to the movie.

Shrug. No one listens to me anyway. But when they do, cool stuff happens.

V-Log: Dwelling On #Writing A #Screenplay With Erykah Badu & Ilana Glazer In Mind

by Shelton Bumgarner

While I wait to save up the money to buy a high end digital camera, I’m developing a screenplay concept. While you’re not supposed to do this, I am writing at least two of the characters with specific people in mind. In this case, I’m thinking of Erykah Badu and Ilana Glazer. I really like both these women and so even though I might not say so explicitly in the screenplay should I ever get around to writing it, as I sketch the concept out I will have them in the back of my mind.

Anyway, I need to actually do the work to develop this screenplay concept. So watch these videos, they’re pretty interesting.

Some Idle Musing On Playboy Upon The Death Of Hugh Hefner

by Shelton Bumgarner

While he wasn’t perfect, Hugh Hefner was a personal hero of mine and influenced me in ways large and small. My personal politics are pretty much the editorial page of Playboy in about 1976. Anyway, with his death, Playboy is at a crossroads. I have a little time on my hands and so I’m going idly muse on my personal vision for the great publication that he founded. I have written about most, if not all, of this before but I feel like talking about it again now that Hefner is dead.

If I had any control over Playboy, I would try to bring back its coolness factor from the ’50 and ’60s. I would bring back the old Playboy TV show, maybe in partnership with YouTube or NetFlix and restore the brand to its glory days. I think there is a huge market for that old school cool and if they did a regular show that featured cool people talking about cool stuff and great bands, then people would respond.

Additionally, I would re-imagine the Playboy ideal. As it stands, for decades, the Playboy man has supposed to covet the attention of the “girl next door” who was hot and surprisingly easy given her ostensible persona. I would do something cool like obsess over Ilana Glazer and make her the “mascot” of the publication. She’s not your traditional beauty, but she’s very sex-positive and she would fit perfectly with the modern concept of the type of woman the Playboy man is supposed to lust after.

All of this would be in the context of trying to turn into the second coming of If Playboy wants to be relevant again, it needs to flip the script, shake things up a little bit — or maybe a lot — and get people talking about it again. And the best way to do that would be to hire a lot of former Gawker writers and get them to rile up the elites with thought provoking commentary. That’s the thing about Playboy right now — it just doesn’t really generate all that much buzz like it used to. It’s a “legacy brand” as they say, and as such it’s more something a middle-aged man like me likes as opposed to the 20 somethings whose attention advertisers long for.

I would also suggest that — in conjunction with Ilana Glazer — the publication go into video in a big way by maybe having Glazer be a roving reporter for them in little shorts. She’s probably really busy right now and it might cost a bit more than expected to get her to do it, but the cost would be worth it. She would bring instant buzz and street cred back to Playboy in a big way. I know I talk a lot about Glazer sometimes, but she’s a personal favorite and I enjoy thinking up new and different ways to exploit her great personality.

Anyway, thanks for the memories, Hef.

Talk To Me Internet: Some Musing About Writing A Novel Versus A Screenplay

by Shelton Bumgarner

The interesting thing about writing a novel as opposed to a screenplay is how much more of a community there is with a screenplay. I have tried — and failed — to write a screenplay in the past and people got really excited. Writing a novel, meanwhile, is a much more solitary venture. You have to think deeply and reflect on the universe you’ve created because you can’t just rely upon your director to show it for you.

Meanwhile, I still think Ilana Glazer would be a great Bond Girl. She’s perfect for such a role. It would put a modern twist on a pretty traditional role. Additionally, I think Twitter should do away with Periscope altogether and put all its features in the main Twitter app.

Ilana Glazer As A Potential Bond Girl & Her Inspiring A Character In My Novel

by Shelton Bumgarner

I have a huge celebrity crush on Ilana Glazer of Broad City and I think she has the makings of a A1 Hollywood superstar because of her personality, if nothing else. But, to date, she’s not really been in anything of note outside of Broad City.

As a big fan of the James Bond franchise, I think it would be amusing, interesting and intriguing if she were cast as a Bond Girl. She’s not your typical Bond Girl by any stretch of the imagination, but given her broad appeal, I think a lot of people would enjoy seeing her matching wits with Bond. The Bond serious has become so epic and serious minded that Glazer would be perfect as comic relief. She would put her own unique spin on it all and I think it would be a real crow pleaser to cast her in such a role.

Meanwhile, I’m working on a novel and the female lead is — in part — based on Glazer. Glazer reminds me a great deal of someone in my own life and I am drawing upon Glazer’s public persona to build out the character. The character is a little bit younger than Glazer, so I couldn’t see her playing the character in any daydream possible movie adaptation, but still.

I am currently working on the outline of the novel and it’s a lot of fun. I don’t know if my writing is good enough to make the actual end product something anyone will want to read, but I enjoy the process of doing it, regardless.

Talk To Me Internet: Ilana Glazer As A Bond Girl

by Shelton Bumgarner

In this meandering video, I talk about a lot of things. But one of the more interesting one is the idea of Broad City’s Ilana Glazer playing a Bond Girl. That would rock.