Intentionally writing to push the envelope is risky. What if your
audience does not appreciate such ambitions? What if in attempting to try
something unique one only perpetuates the need for established genres and
frameworks? These are questions that need to be considered whenever a writer
tries to explore, through their writing, uncharted territory.
Charlie Kaufman, in his screenplay Adaptation, successfully challenges
established boundaries of genre. Adaptation assimilates highbrow “academic”
culture with lowbrow “popular culture.” Kaufman’s use of postmodern literary
techniques—some of which include: crossing of genres, self-reflection,
fragmentation, playfulness, non-linear writing, and intertextuality—have left…show more content… Yet, even though the ordinary viewer may notice the use of innovative writing
techniques, being able to define and describe those techniques is anther story.
So why would Kaufman and Jonze make a film to be seen in a popular market
that employs such avant-garde techniques? Furthermore, what are the
boundaries that Kaufman and director Spike Jonze crossed in Adaptation in
order to have the impact on audiences that they wanted?
Why am I using an idiom? Is that good writing? I’m cold. Maybe if I just said
that good writers are always looking to challenge established modes of writing.
Maybe that would sound better? Am I making any sense? I should shut the
window. Listen. I think I’m doing something right now. I need to pay close
attention this time. I should take notes. I always think I’ll remember
everything I want in my paper. It never fails; I take sloppy notes and can’t
read my own writing. Twenty-three and already my memory is going. Nicolas
Cage just started talking. He’s talking too fast. I should pause it. Why is
everyone using voiceovers now? A black screen. Nic, I’ll call him Nic,