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30 September 2014 @ 05:59 am
Ray Bradbury was like Elvis: He gave up what he was good at to make movies.

Thanx to File 770
Marissa Lingenmrissa on September 30th, 2014 10:31 am (UTC)
And it's possible he could have kept on doing what he was good at if only he hadn't tried the movie thing. But also possible not. We see this thing with physicists where some of them can keep on doing it until they are quite old, and some have to veer into administration or writing books or opining on subjects they know nothing about, because there is really quite a substantial chunk of really good working physicists who have finished their really good work in physics while they are of an age when our culture would not expect them to be done. While they are, by all appearances, in the prime of their career.

There's no reason it can't happen to a writer or two. I wish it wouldn't, but I wish it wouldn't happen to physicists, too.
Randy Byers: blonde venusrandy_byers on September 30th, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
A counter example would be Leigh Brackett, who moved back and forth between prose fiction and movies/TV, and did great work in both. (In fact, Ray Bradbury finished the novella she was working on when she was pulled away to work on the screenplay for The Big Sleep.)

Another case I've been mulling over recently was C.L. Moore. She stopped writing science fiction in the '50s, working briefly writing for television before she stopped writing entirely. Apparently her second husband didn't want her to write, but did she really let him dictate her choice, or had she grown tired of writing? The pace that she and Kuttner wrote at in the '40s must have been exhausting.

Edited at 2014-09-30 03:41 pm (UTC)