One of the best pieces of advice a writer can receive has to do with building a lead character:
Make them likable or unlikable, but for God’s sake make us feel something about them.
I recognize Melissa McCarthy’s stature as a comedic star. I mostly enjoyed her turn in Bridesmaids, but after a while her schtick grew a little tired to me. And, based on recent box office results, it’s not clicking too well with the rest of the movie-going public, either.
So when I first saw a trailer for Can You Ever Forgive Me, I was intrigued. McCarthy was leaving the bathroom humor behind and doing a serious flick. And, because I’ve published quite a few books, I was interested in the subject matter.Read More