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Nora Ephron was a hack

So said someone in another thread. Let's discuss Nora's writing critically.

by Anonymousreply 2401/03/2014

I don't consider her a hack, just a bit shallow and light hearted. It has its place, that kind of humor.

by Anonymousreply 101/19/2013

Was she respected by serious NY writers?

by Anonymousreply 201/19/2013

I enjoyed her writing, particularly [italic]Heartburn[/italic]. It was her directing that sucked.

by Anonymousreply 301/19/2013

She was the Virginia Woolf of late 20th century NYC.

by Anonymousreply 401/19/2013

Myself, I found her incredibly self-entitled and elitist ...

by Anonymousreply 501/19/2013

She was an amusing smartypants with a heart. I think she was modern and devilish in her schlocky lightheartedness. I don't think she minded hitting the bull's eye only occasionally.

by Anonymousreply 601/19/2013

Her writing is very light and almost clever--David Sedaris is much more profound, by comparison. Still, her stories can be entertaining and she had a distinctive voice. Heartburn was a perfect book to read while stuck in a airport--and that's not a putdown.

Her movies were atrocious, however. I assume they made her very, very rich.

by Anonymousreply 701/19/2013

she was awesome.

by Anonymousreply 801/02/2014

I loved "Heartburn." But did she steal the vinaigrette recipe from her nanny, or did the nanny steal it from Nora?

And the movie version, with those two Carly Simon songs together...what's not to love?

by Anonymousreply 901/02/2014

The screenplay for Desk Set, one of my faves, was written by Nora Ephron's parents.

by Anonymousreply 1001/02/2014

Emma Bombeck for New Yorkers.

by Anonymousreply 1101/02/2014

No, she was quite talented. She was the closest to Dorothy Parker we have seen (and probably will for a long time yet).

by Anonymousreply 1201/02/2014

Not a favorite; didn't find her writing exciting or satisfying.

by Anonymousreply 1301/02/2014

As a teen I enjoyed Crazy Salad, her essays on confused feminists and porno purveyors from the "liberated" 1970s. She was internet writing before internet writing went to shit -- personal, loose, in-the-know, and sometimes bitchy, but yes, with a heart. I think she was also very honest about herself and her failures and limits.

So yes, worth reading.

by Anonymousreply 1401/02/2014

I love When Harry Met Sally, but I'm sure most of that is to do with Rob Reiner.

by Anonymousreply 1501/02/2014

The vile sexism and woman hating on this thread is repugnant!

by Anonymousreply 1601/02/2014

r11 wins this thread.

by Anonymousreply 1701/02/2014

I am not in a position to critique her writing but there is something about the title "I Feel Bad About My Neck" that makes me giggle.

by Anonymousreply 1801/02/2014

Agree with R6.

In I feel bad about my Neck, she said that if women's elbows faced forward, they would all give up.

She doesn't really deserve quotation marks, but she was observant and funny.

by Anonymousreply 1901/02/2014

Idiotic statement all too common on DL.

by Anonymousreply 2001/02/2014

R20, thank you for demonstrating. Are you so old you cannot locate a period, and so ossified you are afraid of a verb?

by Anonymousreply 2101/02/2014

I don't think she claimed to be reinventing filmmaking. She made some very memorable and better-than-average romantic comedies, along with some misfires. Off-screen, her writing was witty and clever. She wasn't a hack.

by Anonymousreply 2201/02/2014

[quote]I love When Harry Met Sally, but I'm sure most of that is to do with Rob Reiner.

& Woody Allen. I've rarely seen a so blatantly derivative movie.

by Anonymousreply 2301/03/2014

Of her era. It was more about her socialization than her talent. She was so well-connected and loved by her friends that it snowballed into this feeling that we all *should* like her stuff or something was wrong with us. I saw her give a live interview before an audience and found her so name-droppy and self-aggrandizing that it turned me off her completely.

by Anonymousreply 2401/03/2014
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