My Screenwriting Spirit Animal

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LA Screenwriter has a cute little quiz up on their site to determine one’s “screenwriting spirit animal,” and as I was eating breakfast on Tuesday I decided to take it and see who I’d get. Why not? Seemed like fun.

When you click the link to the site, you’re presented with a Buzzfeed-like series of questions, accompanied by helpful GIFs, that will help pin down which writer (or writing team) you’re most like. I answered the questions as best as I could — I must admit to being disappointed that there were no Black actor or actress options when asked about my “ideal cast,” but I digress — and I was pretty surprised at the final result.

Apparently, my screenwriting spirit animal is the writing team of Ethan and Joel Coen.

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Your style is completely your own. You write dialogue that has its own special sound, and your characters are unforgettable. Your plots don’t always have a point, but that’s intentional. You’re a rebel.

Well. OK.

While I’m not disappointed with this result, I am pretty damned surprised. Even though their filmography is hit or miss with me, I like the Coens very much. (Hell, I just caught Hail, Caesar! on cable the other night and I dug it a lot.) Still, I would never have thought my style or sensibilities were anywhere close to theirs.

But I suppose it’s true as:

  • I don’t stick to any one genre.
  • I write both big-budget blockbuster-type scripts as well as low-budget indie-types.
  • My overall style is pretty quirky.

If you’ve ready any of my work, who would you say I was closest to? And what about you, who’s your screenwriting spirit guide? Head over to LA Screenwriter, find out, and let me know in the comments.

Author: Jay Fingers

Complications arose, ensued, were overcome. | Novelist. Editor. Journalist. Screenwriter.

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