Our William Goldman Blogathon, sadly, has officially ended, but the examination of Goldman’s work doesn’t have to. Speaking of which, if anyone has late entries for us, please feel free to spirit them my way and I will post them here.
A huge heap of thanks to my wonderful and talented participants who sent in posts this weekend! I know it’s a busy blogging season right now, and I very much appreciate all of you taking the time to participate in and in some cases, promote this blogathon (you know who you are). You people rock.
Something I’ve noticed over the course of this event is how much I’ve learned about William Goldman’s work. Has anyone else had this feeling? I thought I was fairly familiar with him (at least, I could recite The Princess Bride backwards and forwards like a lot of Gen-Xers), but reading your articles this weekend drove home yet again how versatile Goldman really was. He was open to trying different techniques and different types of stories, both in print and on the screen, not because he was overly aware of his own capabilities, but because he knew what a crapshoot writing can be.
As Goldman famously said in Adventures In the Screen Trade:
Nobody knows anything…Not one person in the entire motion picture industry knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Each time out it’s a guess and, if you’re lucky, an educated one.
Goldman certainly had his share of educated guesses, and film and letters are wittier and more quotable for it.
Thanks again, everyone, for making this blogathon awesome. Talk to you soon… 🙂
Goldman, William. Adventures In the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting. New York: Hatchette Book Group, 1983.