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    Reader comments on The Brown Bunny

    Subject: common error in student fiction
    Date: Jul 20, 2006
    Sender: gabbyhayesPrevious | Next

    it's a buddy film without a buddy. I've driven long distances alone and I totally understand that you have fantasies about interacting with random strangers--not always sexually, but sometimes. the tiegs kiss was in his head. And you see a lot of attractive older ladies on the road. I'd kiss cheryl tiegs. I'd even fantasize about it.

    It's a commonplace in student fiction--and you can tell something is student fiction when you see this kind of mistake--to have a single main character alone inside his head. Sometimes the student gives us his thoughts. Sometimes he just sits there on the edge of the bed, staring out the window without telling you why. You always need at least a second character. A hitchhiker, a pal, a mechanic with an IQ of three, but a genius with a wrench. Someone to talk to, someone to insert unexpected and humorous asides. That's why buddy movies are so common. Brown bunny is a buddy film without a buddy. It could have been better, even tolerable. But on the other hand, we probably couldn't dive deep onto the main character's psyche and see him kiss cheryl tiegs if there was someone along keeping him sane. On a long trip, I've often thought it would make a good cinematic adventure--rising into the mountains of west virginia, snaking around the mountains in the rockies, cutting the weather, the strangers and funny signs you see. Put something in the background like that long cut on Franz Zappa's Uncle Meat album. But of course, that's not true and it's just something you do to keep yourself awake while you drive. pretty pictures aren't enough to make a film. Every student learns that or they remain student writers forever.

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  • The sole motivator   from Yves F, Aug 27, 2004
  • Re: The sole motivator   from ahmad talohi, Jan 23, 2006
  • Brown Bunny   from johny, Aug 30, 2004
  • Pretentious and boring.   from Pedrito, Sep 9, 2004
  • BROWN BUNNY   from Claire and Mina, Nov 24, 2004
  • bb   from bcs, Mar 30, 2005
  • Re: bb   from FY, Jun 17, 2005
  • Right On The Mark   from Jimmy, Jul 23, 2005
  • best i`ve ever seen   from sami, Jul 31, 2005
  • Re: best i`ve ever seen   from rere, Dec 2, 2005
  • WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from Mat, Aug 7, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from , Sep 26, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from cherie, Oct 3, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from Dima, Jun 14, 2006
  • BORRING AND INSIPIDE!!!!   from Carole, Aug 17, 2005
  • the brown bunny   from caetano veloso, Aug 27, 2005
  • Not Good   from Dilan Dundar, Oct 7, 2005
  • zzzzzzzzzzz   from Lexi, Oct 9, 2005
  • Josh is right. Dumb people are wrong.   from Lee from New Orleans, Oct 12, 2005
  • Poignant, meditative, hard-to-watch.   from quakergal, Oct 30, 2005
  • Brown Bunny - Viewers patience & effort required   from Mindful filmgoer, Nov 19, 2005
  • Re: Brown Bunny - Viewers patience & effort required   from Mindful filmgoer, Nov 21, 2005
  • It is what it is   from A Chloe Sevigny Fan, Dec 15, 2005
  • Well...   from Amanda, Jan 29, 2006
  • review The Brown Bunny   from jack, Feb 5, 2006
  • BROWN BUNNY   from PRISCILLA, Feb 22, 2006
  • "Brown Bunny"   from Ray, Apr 6, 2006
  • » common error in student fiction «   from gabbyhayes, Jul 20, 2006
  • Re: common error in student fiction   from keri marion, Feb 24, 2007
  • Tony from mulberry   from Tony, Oct 4, 2006
  • Gross   from KD Kertson, Apr 3, 2009
  • Gallo on racism   from Patricia, Feb 11, 2010
  • The sole motivator   from Yves F, Aug 27, 2004
  • Re: The sole motivator   from ahmad talohi, Jan 23, 2006
  • Brown Bunny   from johny, Aug 30, 2004
  • Pretentious and boring.   from Pedrito, Sep 9, 2004
  • BROWN BUNNY   from Claire and Mina, Nov 24, 2004
  • bb   from bcs, Mar 30, 2005
  • Re: bb   from FY, Jun 17, 2005
  • Right On The Mark   from Jimmy, Jul 23, 2005
  • best i`ve ever seen   from sami, Jul 31, 2005
  • Re: best i`ve ever seen   from rere, Dec 2, 2005
  • WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from Mat, Aug 7, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from , Sep 26, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from cherie, Oct 3, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from Dima, Jun 14, 2006
  • BORRING AND INSIPIDE!!!!   from Carole, Aug 17, 2005
  • the brown bunny   from caetano veloso, Aug 27, 2005
  • Not Good   from Dilan Dundar, Oct 7, 2005
  • zzzzzzzzzzz   from Lexi, Oct 9, 2005
  • Josh is right. Dumb people are wrong.   from Lee from New Orleans, Oct 12, 2005
  • Poignant, meditative, hard-to-watch.   from quakergal, Oct 30, 2005
  • Brown Bunny - Viewers patience & effort required   from Mindful filmgoer, Nov 19, 2005
  • Re: Brown Bunny - Viewers patience & effort required   from Mindful filmgoer, Nov 21, 2005
  • It is what it is   from A Chloe Sevigny Fan, Dec 15, 2005
  • Well...   from Amanda, Jan 29, 2006
  • review The Brown Bunny   from jack, Feb 5, 2006
  • BROWN BUNNY   from PRISCILLA, Feb 22, 2006
  • "Brown Bunny"   from Ray, Apr 6, 2006
  • » common error in student fiction «   from gabbyhayes, Jul 20, 2006
  • Re: common error in student fiction   from keri marion, Feb 24, 2007
  • Tony from mulberry   from Tony, Oct 4, 2006
  • Gross   from KD Kertson, Apr 3, 2009
  • Gallo on racism   from Patricia, Feb 11, 2010