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January 22, 2014

Susan Marg

Hollywood or Not

Drew Barrymore:  She has the look. She's the one.

Drew Barrymore: . She has the look. She’s the one.

Not everyone wants to make it in Hollywood.

With the publication of “W is for Wasted,” the 23rd in a series of detective novels named for the alphabet, it’s obvious that author Sue Grafton wants nothing to do with the movie industry, even though fans would love to see her rebellious private investigator Kinsey Millhone on the big screen.

Grafton has been there; done that.

Although publishers had picked up some of Grafton’s early novels, she began writing screenplays for television movies.  Spending fifteen years at her craft, she learned the basics well: structuring a story, writing dialogue, and creating action sequences.

“After my years in Hollywood, I got tired of apologizing for work that really wasn’t mine to begin with.” she explains.

Still, it’s fun to contemplate which actress would best epitomize Grafton’s popular character.  Angelina Jolie is out of the picture, as it’s long been rumored that she will play Kay Scarpetta when a movie based on Patricia Cornwell’s novels finally becomes a reality. I nominate Drew Barrymore.  She has the right amount of spunk and vulnerability.

Better yet, Barrymore has her own production company Flower Films. Applying her abundant charm and perseverance, she might be able to change Grafton’s mind. It’s the movies. Anything’s possible.

© 2014 Susan Marg – All Rights Reserved

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