Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Corollary to Sturgeon's Law

When asked why he chose to write in a genre where ninety-percent of everything published was utter crap, Theodore Sturgeon replied, "Ninety-percent of everything is crap." This has since become known as Sturgeon's Law, and while we in the blog world regularly make Sturgeon's numbers look conservative, in general, his law seems to hold true.

Now, some of you feel you've detected an inconsistency here, in that I can spend so much time slagging the products of Hollywood, strongly advising writers against working in the areas of movie novelizations and media spinoffs, and then turn around and speak kindly of something like "Land of the Lost" just because Sturgeon and his wife wrote some scripts for it. In reply, I would say that, a.) I never claimed to be free from inconsistencies, and b.) Hollywood routinely throws insanely large amounts of money at mind-bogglingly stupid projects. So if you as a writer ever find yourself in a position where you can scoop up some of those big Hollywood bucks without selling your writer's soul, I say go for it.

With very few exceptions, I like writers. Ergo, anything that raises cash, pays the bills, and a keeps writer like Theodore Sturgeon writing -- as opposed to, say, selling plasma or his spare kidney -- is, if not good, at least not bad.

Except for Killdozer. Sorry, that one was just plain bad.