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    Film — Live-action 
"You know, it's funny how wrong an artist can be about his own work. The one composition of Tchaikovsky's that he really detested was his 'Nutcracker Suite', which is probably the most popular thing he ever wrote.
Deems Taylor, ''Fantasia'


The Cabalists who celebrated this mysterium,
This vast creature, named it Golem.
Perhaps there was an error in the word
Or in the articulation of the Sacred Name;
In spite of the highest esoteric arts
This apprentice of man did not learn to speak.

The rabbi watched it tenderly but
With some horror. How (he said)
Could I engender this laborious son?
Better to have done nothing, this is insanity."


    Live-Action TV 

"I'm just trying to drag this out because honestly, there's a sketch at the end of this show that I really don't like, so I'm hoping this goes long, it'll get cut. I play a woman and I can't tell if it's really transphobic or just really dated."


If you could ever find it in your hearts,
if you could ever think to find some sympathy,
never ask us to play this song,
or that song about our pants, or our kitty doggy.
Never ask us to play 'Godzilla' or 'Shut Up'
or that song we haven't written yet about that time we did some stuff
Five Iron Frenzy, "Never Ask Us to Play This"

What happened to that, it's all [makes a kind of static noise] and all the songs are really long, and all the lyrics are shit.

    Web Animation 

"99% of creators claim to loathe everything they made more than five years ago, and the remaining 1% are liars."
'Zero Punctuation'', "Half-Life 2 Update - Gravity Gun vs Modern FPS"

    Real Life 

"Surely I've written better things."
Ludwig van Beethoven on "Moonlight Sonata"

"I shrivel up every time someone mentions Star Wars to me."

... in terms of that film I was embarrassed. I was ashamed of the work, and I was grateful that I had the power to contain it all, and never let anyone see it.
Jerry Lewis, when asked if he'd ever release The Day the Clown Cried

'If you thought you were sick of the memes, I was sick of it way ahead of you. For instance, cake. I've had enough cake jokes."
Erik Wolpaw, writer for Portal

Congratulations, you've just bought our worst album!
Elvis Costello, in the liner notes to a reissue of Goodbye, Cruel World.

"The second season I'm not even going to mention because that really wasn't the show. The first season was definitely the show."
Jessica Alba during the commentary for the Dark Angel season one finale.

A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've received great reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's reality though.
Josh Trank, shortly before the release of his reboot of Fantastic Four.

"'So What" or Kind of Blue, they were done in that era, the right hour, the right day, and it happened. It's over...What I used to play with Bill Evans, all those different modes, and substitute chords, we had the energy then and we liked it. But I have no feel for it anymore—it's more like warmed-over turkey."

"The worst fucking song that I have ever heard."
Frank Sinatra on Strangers in the Night

In its final phase I experienced the essential paradox of the production: the play grew more and more effective, and I felt less fulfilled as a writer.
William Gibson, The Seesaw Log

"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"
Johnny Rotten, at the last Sex Pistols show in 1978.

You may marry him, murder him, do whatever you like with him!
Arthur Conan Doyle, on a request by a playwright to introduce a romantic subplot in a Sherlock Holmes adaptation.

I do not mean any disrespect to my colleagues who are working on this show. They are good people and talented artists. But this is some greedy, lazy executive-ing right here, and they ALL know full well [Stephen Hillenburg] would have HATED this. Shame on them.

Lots of people were tweeting at me saying "This hurt", and I gotta say, I called it. [...] So I read the premise and I was really bothered by the idea of how we're going to take these background ponies that everybody has come to know and love over seven seasons of the show, like almost 200 episodes, and have them just be, if I can say an off-color word, and just have them be assholes! Like, why are we doing this? Why are we taking ponies who everybody loves and having them be assholes and having them still be assholes at the end of the episode? I didn't get that, I didn't understand why that was a good idea. I also didn't understand who was learning the lesson, like they didn't learn a lesson, the Mane Six didn't learn a lesson, it was just like "what is this?" I felt that it's mean-spirited, and I was not a fan. So I tried to rewrite it and turn it into a Pinkie Pie story, and I tried to incorporate an allegory of how to be a good citizen online where the journal was kind of a metaphor for like Twitter or whatever. So Pinkie Pie is taking all of this abuse, and at the end, she gets really upset and really emotional and she's like, "It's me, you guys! The person you keep berating outside of the journal pages and we're friends." And the ponies, one by one, come to Pinkie and are like "You're totally right. We're sorry". [...] It's a really sweet heartfelt moment and it's clear who's learning this lesson. And I thought that was a really relevant message for kids and really sweet and at the heart of the show, and everybody was like "no, we're not doing that, we're doing the one where they're assholes." I wrote the entire script, what you watch is exactly what I wrote, but none of it is my ideas. I don't agree with the idea, the episode was way too mean-spirited, and I don't like the idea that people in the fandom watched it and saw themselves in a negative light. If you want to know how I feel about the fandom, watch "Slice of Life" and read the tweets I wrote after that. It's not Fame and Misfortune. I don't like the episode, I don't get the episode, it doesn't make sense to me, and I know a lot of people liked it and that's great, then you can give tons of credit and praise to everyone else on the show, but it's not my thing and I didn't like it. It was just really mean. It was a premise that was written by somebody else. Don't go on any witch-hunts, I don't know who it was. But that's what happens on a show, you have a back-log a bunch of premises, get them approved, and then you can hand them out to the writers.
M.A. Larson explaining at a panel why the controversial "Fame and Misfortune" episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic turned out the way it did.


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