Why I Walked Out Of ‘Booksmart’ (But You Should See It)

by Shelton Bumgarner
Instagram: WriterShelt

I hated Booksmart.

I hated it — and hate it — so much that I begin to seethe with rage at the idea of it. And, yet, it’s nothing personal against Olivia Wilde and the movie itself is probably pretty good — if you’re a woke, bi curious Generation Z girl taking your SATs for the first time.

I walked out of the movie at just about the inciting incident because first I despised that clueless rant about lesbian sex, I hated how bad some of the acting was obviously going to be — Billie Lourd, sigh — I hated how much of an updated rip off of Heathers the movie was and I hated the entire premise of what I was expected to sit through for the next hour and a half.

So I bounced.

This is coming from a person who bounced from an equally critically acclaimed Bird Man. I hated that movie and walked out of it, too.

Now, the reason why I even talk about any of this to begin with is while movies like Booksmart serve an admirable purpose and help proto-lesbians see representation in film, they also have a corrosive effect overall. What I mean by this is Booksmart is a prime example of how Hollywood — or at least a woke subset of it — apparently has completely given up on 48% of the audience and just wants to suck its own dick (to quote The Mooch.) There’s a reason why Sniper was such a huge hit — there’s a pretty big untapped market for center-Right heteronormative storytelling. (Not to cast aspersions on non-heteronormative stories, just to observe what’s going on.)

Again — I was not the audience of this movie and only went because I keep seeing ads for it in my center-Left social media echo chamber. It was like I was being guilt-tripped into seeing it. I did not want to see it, knowing I would likely hate it. But I decided to give it a chance. And, guess what?

I fucking hated it.

The great sin this movie committed is it allowed its ideology to take over and warp the narrative of the movie to such an extent that I couldn’t get pass the inciting incident and left the theatre altogether.

But given that I was not the audience and I did not see the entire movie, I still feel comfortable recommending it to other people. If you’re younger than me, or more of a Leftist, you probably really will love the movie as much as the entertainment-industrial flack complex tells us you will.

Anyway, I’m writing a novel that deals with a lot of the same issues as Booksmart. But, given that I’m a smelly brutish male, I’m sure even if I’m as empathetic as possible to the stories of people don’t look like me, someone, somewhere, will discount the novel as simply another member of the patriarchy exploiting the lives of women, minorities and members of the LGBQ+ community for their own gain. (I’m being a bit sarcastic, dummy.)

All I can do is keep my head down and try to tell the story I want to tell. I think Wilde did a great job, you should go see Booksmart and ignore everything I just wrote.

Who would listen to me, anyway?

The Themes & Subtext Of The Novel I’m Writing

By Shelton Bumgarner
Twitter: @bumgarls

Instagram: WriterShelt

Here is a list of some of the issues I hope to address in the novel I’m writing currently.

— Global Climate Change
— Systemic racism
— Systemic misogyny
— Extremism in the Age of Trump (Both the Left and the Right.)
— The Lead Up To The Release of The Muller Report

I hope, though, that the story itself will be so accessible and universal in a timeless manner that you can read it Memorial Day Weekend 2020 and it not even really register that all these deep things are being addressed in what is marketed as a “thriller.”

That’s the hope, at least.

V-Log: Novel Notes For June 17th, 2019: Development Of The #Novel’s ‘Bible’ Is Going Well So Far

by Shelton Bumgarner

Some thoughts.

Now Working On The Novel’s ‘Bible’

by Shelton Bumgarner

I’m now working on the document that will be what I use to actually write the first draft of the novel itself. I’m giving myself until July 4th to finish it. Or, put it another way, whatever I have at that point, I’m running with.

I’m trying to give myself a page a scene, or about 200 pages. And I’m trying to do in a way whereby I can essentially scan the text and get as much information as possible. This comes after I’ve finished a scene summary, which has helped a lot.

It took a long, long time — several months — to get to this point. But now things should move a lot quicker. I should be able to wrap the bible up by my deadline and work seriously towards wrapping up a first draft — that only I will read — within about three months.

After that, I will take about a month break, as is suggested.

Then I will turn around and do it all over again. Though, I suspect the things will go much, much faster. I’m shooting for a Summer 2020 publishing date, though I have a hunch for various reasons, it may be more like Summer 2021.

I just don’t know, though. I just don’t know.

I’m moving as fast as I can. Overall, it feels great. I’m really pleased with what I’ve managed to come up with so far. It’s a really interesting little political fairytale.

Wish me luck.

V-Log: Novel Notes For June 8th, 2019 — Development Is Going Well (So Far)

by Shelton Bumgarner

Some thoughts.

Novel Notes For June 3rd, 2019 — Pushing Forward

Some thoughts.

Novel Notes For June 2nd, 2019 — Developing, As Of Right Now, Is Going Well

By Shelton Bumgarner

I’m now giving myself until July 1st, 2019 to wrap up development. But that’s really simply erroring on the side of caution. There’s a decent change I will be ready to write the official first draft of the novel a lot sooner than that unless disaster strikes.

Which, of course, it could very well do.

V-Log: The State of My Novel & A Rant About The Perils Of Modern Storytelling

Some thoughts.

The Continued Need For Heteronormative Storytelling

Some thoughts.

Status Update On The Adult Political Fairytale I’m Developing & Writing

This one is pretty good. I go into some of the vision for this story.