Creator Gore Vidal Discussion

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03:38:05 AM Aug 13th 2013
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Removed the following tropes from the list; reason for cut given in brackets.

  • Insistent Terminology: Historical scholarship = "Agreed-upon facts". [Needs a specification of the work(s) where a character of Vidal rejects the use of the term "historical scholarship"]
  • Old Shame: Any film of his work. Thus far, the only adaptation to be made his way is The Best Man (1964) starring Henry Fonda. [If he did neither direct the movie nor write the screenplay, then he's no responsible for it and as such, it cannot not be his Old Shame. All these examples seem to misapply the trope.]
    • Myra Breckinridge was such a phenomenal bomb that the book stopped selling for a decade. Director Michael Sarne later got a job as a waiter in a pizza place, which according to Vidal "proves that God exists and there is such a thing as Divine Symmetry."
    • He sued to have his name taken off of Caligula. The cut reviewed by Roger Ebert claimed to be "Adapted from an Original Screenplay by Gore Vidal".
  • Religion Is Wrong [Zero-Context Example]
  • Sophisticated as Hell [Zero-Context Example]
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