(Haha! GET IT? Because it`s holiday time and there are lots of lists… No? Why am I wasting my delectable puns on you then?)
Well, it is that time of year. Again. Both The Black List and The Hit List are out. And lots of other lists, I am sure… But lists make me tired and, after too many of them, I get rage-y. So, let`s just stick with these for the moment, shall we?
(For a detailed breakdown of The Black List stats, THR has a good-un.)
I haven`t really officially counted, and I certainly don`t have an infographic (I`m much more of a Venn Diagram girl, for anyone still looking to get me a gift!) but there are trends. There are always trends. For example:
-Lots of overlap on both lists (but lots of change in rankings from list to list)
-Lots of women on the lists are already employed on TV and a couple have been Nicholl Fellows (high fives all around)
-Lots of the writers have some kind of representation (I would say all of them do but, again, no hard numbers)
-Lots of the scripts are by established (and well-represented) writers, and a few have appeared on said lists in previous years
-Lots of horror, sci-fi, thrillers and dying children (not necessarily all together… or separate)
-Lots of bios (two on Mister Rogers alone?!) and based on true stories (so, so many)
-Lots of the loglines for these are terrible (so, so terrible)
But have you noticed that some of these points seem to go against advice that`s perpetuated quite often to young writers? Including:
-If you write a great script, Hollywood will find it (apparently, representation needs to find you first)
-Don`t chase trends (Based-on-true stories seem to always be ranked so high on these lists, so wouldn`t writing a biopic generally give you a better chance at getting industry attention?)
-You need a great logline to pitch your script (Apparently that`s not true. At all.)
And so on.
Also, and I do hate to have to say this, but not a ton of ladies on the list…
Which brings up the age-old question- It is because of fewer scripts written or a lesser-quality of scripts submitted? Either way, it sucks. And it needs to change.
So, let`s all work on it. Let`s all try and Be The Change in 2014. Always quality over quantity but, yeah, let`s work on quantity too.