Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pretend [Play]

I was amused by this video clip of Sir Ian McKellen on acting from a program called Extras:



I think writers as well as actors will appreciate this piece in particular. How often have authors been asked, "How much of [this piece of fiction] actually happened to you?" Authors who write in the first person are particularly prone to this question. The narrator of The Tell-Tale Heart was a murdering madman. Edgar Allan Poe, the author, was not.

5 comments:

Sam said...

Poe was an interesting choice for an example. Evil old drunken weasel. He knew what he was writing about....

Lone Star Ma said...

:)

Saints and Spinners said...

Like many authors, Poe had his problems. However, as far as we know, he was not a murdering madman. :)

Lone Star Ma said...

So then whatever happened to Annabel Lee, huh? All that "she was a child and I was a child" - uh huh..yep....

adrienne said...

It was a joy to watch that again. I love Extras.