Even geniuses start their best works with occasionally lame prose, so almost every great book, movie, or television series you’ve ever enjoyed actually began as embarrassing brainstorms. Thank goodness for rewriting and editors.
But why shouldn’t these first drafts come to light?
Writer and comedian Paul Laudiero was in his last semester at George Mason University, just trying to stay awake through his “British and Irish 18th Century Drama” class, when he got an idea. That afternoon, he wrote his first post for his new site called Sh*t Rough Drafts, imagining what the first version of our most iconic pieces of literature and cinema were like.
A year and a half later, the success of Laudiero’s site led to a book full of his hilarious imagined rough drafts of movies, TV shows, books, and more called Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture’s Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been.
(Some NSFW language)
Spider-Man, directed by Sam Raimi
Casino Royale, directed by Martin Campbell
Game of Thrones
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, written by Mark Bomback
Captain Phillips, written by Billy Ray
Gravity, written by Alfonso & Jonas Cuaron
10 Things I Hate About You, directed by Gil Junger
The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring, directed by Peter Jackson
The Purge: Anarchy, written and directed by James DeMonaco
“Mambo No. 5″, by Lou Bega
Declaration of Independence
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
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