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Brokeback Fans Torment Author Proulx

Brokeback Mountain author Annie Proulx has told the Wall Street Journal that her short story, which was made into the hit movie of the same name, has become a “source of constant irritation in my private life.” 


“There are countless people out there who think the story is open range to explore their fantasies and to correct what they see as an unbearably disappointing story,” she told the newspaper. “They constantly send ghastly manuscripts and pornish rewrites of the story to me, expecting me to reply with praise and applause for ‘fixing’ the story.”

“They certainly don’t get the message that if you can’t fix it you’ve got to stand it,” she said. “Most of these ‘fix-it’ tales have the character Ennis finding a husky boyfriend and living happily ever after, or discovering the character Jack is not really dead after all, or having the two men’s children meet and marry, etc., etc. … Beneath every mangled rewrite is the unspoken assumption that because they are men they can write this story better than a woman can.”

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