I just read this, quoted by Roger Ebert on Twitter. It's by Quentin Tarantino: "When I'm writing a movie, I hear the laughter. People talk about the violence. What about the comedy? 'Pulp Fiction' has such an obviously comic spirit, even with all the weird things that are happening. To me, the most torturous thing in the world, and this counts for 'Reservoir Dogs' just as much as it does to 'Pulp,' is to watch it with an audience who doesn't know they're supposed to laugh. Because that's a death. Because I'm hearing the laughs in my mind, and there's this dead silence of crickets sounding in the audience, you know?"
The reason why I quote it is that this is exactly how I felt when writing The Blue Hour, my third novel. It's a dark novel—a nightmare, in a way—that takes place in perhaps the most beautiful city in the world, Paris. Little of it features the usual tourist spots; this is outlier country, the canals and deserted garages, the crummy little bars and cafés that somehow manage to stay in existence in this Starbucks universe.
I remember telling my agent at the time that I laughed a lot when writing this, and he had to admit (though he hated to) that he laughed, as well. Making him complicit in my little gothic tale of a lost woman. Now go see "Django Unchained," please.
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