Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Searcher's Anatomy.

What is it with love stories? Either the boy doesn't get the girl and that can be for any number of reasons - death, marriage, duty, obligation, etc etc. Or the boy gets the girl and then it falls apart over some ridiculous reason and we call it existential love stories where it's left ambiguous or the boy and the girl walk away from each other inexplicably and the audience is supposed to sigh and say "oh, that's so sad.. but there really was no other way. That's real life." Or boy dumps girl, thinking he's moving on to greener pastures only to find that he isn't, and in fact the girl has moved on to nicer, sweeter, not as hot but definitely better people who just swept them off their feet. Boy gets what he deserved. My kind of happy ending.

And then there's me. Boy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Boy proposes. Boy freaks out. Boy dumps girl. Boy gets married. And the girl? She meets other men, who're not nicer or sweeter, just another kind of strange. So strange, that she learns to prefer her own company, telling people that she's with other people when in fact she is home. Reading a book. Or watching season episodes of Grey's Anatomy.

All the time wondering when McDreamy is gonna waltz into her life. Which, going by the way she's going, would only be if he breaks down her door.

Pathetic.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

you are an awesome writer... its very difficult to write with so much of emotions...

surprisingly, i dont see other people commenting???

Searcher said...

Thanks Anonymous :o)

Jane said...

LOL! You are so funny! :-)

Anonymous said...

Have you given up on men yet? I haven't found the man of my dreams yet. No on even close actually. Do you ever wonder why are some people so lucky to meet and marry their love.....whereas some nice ones like me.....keep waiting and waiting..... :-(

Searcher said...

Why should anyone give up on men, or women? Life would be too dull without the constant struggle and the great pay offs of understanding the other. And as Baz Luhrmann rightfully said, "All your choices are half chance. So are everyone else's." There are more people alone in the world (even the married ones) than actually connected with another. It's not sad. It's life. Enjoy your friends. Enjoy your own self. And if someone comes along who wants to enjoy the same things with you, congratulate him on his/her good taste and have fun. There are never any guarantees.. Takes the pressure off, huh? :o)

Anonymous said...

What makes you say that even some married ones are lonely? By the way why did you write the script for Kabhi Alvida na Kehna? :)?

Searcher said...

Hey Anon, first - i didn't write KANK. Didn't even see it. And i seriously doubt if my views on love and romance and interesting female and male characters would be anywhere close to what Mr Johar seems to aspire to. And as for my comment on the married lonely people, it comes entirely out of observation and being a shoulder to cry on for both sides of several marriages.

Anonymous said...

ok thanks for the clarification. I was wondering if you write Hindi too? Isn't that a must to survice preofessionally in Bombay (India)? Can you primarily be English speaking and yet be a screenwriter in India?

Searcher said...

Yes, it is. Several of my fellow-writers speak and think primarily in English. Is that a good thing? I'm not sure. Lately i find that a lot of movies ('Metro' is an example that comes immediately to mind) tend to have lines which are clearly great as English lines, but when 'translated' sound stilted and alien. Would that affect survivability in the film world? The Jury's still out on that one. In the meanwhile, the Dialogue Writers can save our collective asses :o)

Anonymous said...

What is Dialogue writers? Are they like translators?

Also Abbas Tyerwala, who wrote Munnabhai, also (I think) was primarily an English speaker, but was able to make such a great Hindi film.

I so want to see Metro. Wonder when will it screen in the US.

The One said...

Hey, Baz Luhrmann didn't say that. The Sunscreen song originally appeared as a column in Chicago Tribune by a lady named Mary Schmich (http://www.bondon.com/sunscreen_song.html). You should read some of the other stuff she has written on their online version (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/). Pretty good. Anyway, we can get technical and say that he indeed said it, but I guess you know what I mean.

But then it is an awesome piece of work- superbly inspiring and apt. Read this to see the result of that insipiration: http://autumnalmost.blogspot.com/2006/01/message-in-bottle_14.html

Searcher said...

Hello TO. Yes, I did know Mary Whatsername has first claim to the writing, but i love the melody that Mr Baz has lent to it. And his world-weary voice. Makes me believe it.

The One said...

Initially when I heard the song at some bar I thought it sounded like Michael Douglas. But, no. Thankfully no. Don't see myself taking advice from him.

I shall desist from anymore comments on Sunscreen, lest I be accused of digressing from the original post... again.

Searcher said...

Oh, no concerns about that yet... It's only when we end up talking about say "the World's Fastest Indian" and arguing about the veracity of the clocked speed will i start wondering. Till then.. free-styling is good :o)

The One said...

I was just getting a little apprehensive about the term "conversation killer" being applied to me.

I guess you write for a living. Any plans of writing a book? I keep planning my novel but just end up with very short stories. I guess there are just too many things on my mind, and too little words for them.

I did attend a course on screenplays (love reading them) some time back though. Rather, I tried. All of 5 sessions out of 16. Realized fiction isn't my forte. Neither was classic classroom pedagogy.

T.O.

Searcher said...

I believe my exact phrase was 'heart-in-the-right-place-but-conversation-killer' :-) I used to write for a living. Until i found myself writing for an elusive paycheck. Killed the joy. These days i'm "Seacher, Creative Head, So and So company". It's a career switch, though i'm still calling it a sabbatical from my normal life. A book is in the offing, like it has been for the last 14 years. I'm just not convinced i have something to say that can't be said in 4 paragraphs.

The One said...

Creative Head? As in like the ones, with bushy moustaches or dolichocephalic skulls, you read about in the glossies? Aha...

Pardon my indulgences in imagination. Work's been a little dull today.

Michele Gobert said...

Sorry to tell you that I laugh, but it's only because I am watching Grey's Anatomy from beginning to end. You sound just like Meredith Grey. BUT do not wait for anyone who is undeserving of you. Reading your post plays out in my head with Drs. Shepherd and Grey.