I’m not big on personal secrets. I prefer everything to be out in the open. I realize the need for secrets here and there and in matters of state but then I look at how a lot of that is abused by people in power and I shift back to the open model, especially in a democracy.
I think my biggest sore spot is the concept of the, “Secret,” to that great screenplay that will sell no matter what obstacle is put in it’s way. This sort of easy solution bullshit raises my hackles. It’s maybe why I like Dara Marks’ book so much. She merely says, this is a structure I’ve observed, I think it’s pretty good, you should check it out too and then what follows is a well thought out and illustrated literary discourse. At no point does she say, “This is the secret to selling your screenplay.” She merely implies, this looks like a good path, maybe it’s worth giving a go. She also comes across as a normal person in person as well and that is very much appreciated.
I do however like the secret lives of things or to put it another way, the past life of a thing now held secret by it’s current state. Sort of a Schrodinger’s Cat view of objects. In it’s present state it neither alive nor dead, it’s just waiting for the next step.