As we all know, I have the immense pleasure of being sent unsolicited pleas for me to read screenplays multiple times a day. Most of them go right into the trash. A select few go into my, "SO BAD THEY'RE GOOD" file, and once in a very blue moon, something I actually want to read.
So try to imagine my giddy excitement to be pitched a really cool idea: a female gamer whose online life and real life begin to merge.
IT WAS A LOT OF EXCITEMENT, GUISE.
So I settled in to start reading it, and the writing is pretty predictably lackluster, but that's OK, because I really, really want to like this.
And then we get to record scratch moment: "She's an edgy tomboy with a punk rock style, but definitely all girl."
I...see. I am decidedly less enthralled after such a terrible description (actually, a lot of mouth frothing and swears got involved), but still...this is my job, and sometimes I have to put my politics aside to see if there's still something to this.
Well. Here's the gist of what I just read:
Predictably nerdy-in-love-with-her male friend: Your game is beneath you. It's a search and rescue for a prince.
Alleged Heroine: Not just any prince! He's a punk rocker with a motorcycle. I created him and love him!
PNILWH male: So what happens when you rescue him?
AH: We share a kiss that will last eternity.
Ok, I'm not going to offer my commentary, because I want to leave this up to the group to decide. Do I:
A) KILL IT WITH FIRE.
B) KILL IT WITH FIRE, THEN EMAIL THE MALE WRITER OF THIS WITH CREATIVE SWEARS READY TO GO
C) Trash and move on
D) Keep reading and then give all of you a running commentary on what this unknown genius has in store for our TOMBOY BUT DEFINITELY ALL GIRL Heroine?