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Fast Forward: Confessions of a Porn Screenwriter

3.09 of 5 stars 3.09  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  13 reviews
“Like most pornography, I found Fast Forward to be a relentless and indecent assault on the traditional family values that Americans find most sacred. Makes a great stocking stuffer."—Amy Sedaris

With dreams of becoming a highly respected screenwriter, Eric Spitznagel moves to Los Angeles. When Hollywood fails to notice him, he settles for the next best thing: writing scrip
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Manic D Press, Inc. (first published 2006)
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You had me in the beginning. A young writer moves to Hollywood and ends up in porn. The main character isn't exactly sympathetic, but for the most part, it works. It's a classic fish-out-of-water story...but we're in the third act now, and it's starting to get depressing. (178)

Quite funny at times, but gosh, I would have liked it a lot better had he not been so defensive about the whole thing. Spitznagel and his wife moved to L.A. in an attempt to make it as screenwriters—not quite as eye-roll-i
Great idea, ho-hum execution. The beginning was good but the plot gets worse and worse until your just basically waiting for it to end. Someone needed to tell Spitznagel that its okay to be part of the joke that is the porn industry. It doesn't really benefit to caricaturize a caricature.
freaking hilarious! a down-on-his-luck screen writer learns the hard way that the world of porn is a surreal world that once entered, it is almost impossible to get out. Luckily, he survives to tell the tale.
Katie Schwartz
This book made me SCREAM. It's hilarsquared. So well written and filled with kick ass one-liners you'll do anything to integrate into conversation.
Apr 08, 2007 Geoff rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Pure shit. Pre-pubescent fantasy about the porn industry. Poorly written, completely false and a total waste of time and money.
Breezy and Spitznagellian, which is to say, funny, crude and sweaty, sort of furry and always verging on nudity.
I was expecting this to be funny, but it was instead an extended gripe about Hollywood, the porn industry, and the life of a professional writer. Occasional funny moments were balanced out by poor writing and editing (and an inexcusably large number of typos and grammatical errors). On the plus side, his actual porn script was pretty funny and is the reason for the extra star.

The author actually sums up the book's shortcomings pretty well in an imagined conversation with his writing hero:

"You k
Corey Pieper
A little bit disappointing.

This wasn't a BAD book by any means, but if you're familiar with a typical Spitznagel blog - this doesn't live up. Here's his January '08 archive (from Vonnegut's Asshole):
Thanks to his blog, I'd been looking forward to digging into one of his books for a while. I guess I built it up a little much.

Like I said's not a bad book. I'd even call it good, for that matter. Plenty of laughs, and more than a couple moments of
I didn't know what to expect going in. I have tremendous respect for Maniac D press, and this was something that seemed interesting off of its subtitle.

It's a fast read, and all of it centers around the protagonist and his inability to understand his job as a porn screenwriter. The internal battles you expect are there...on every single page. Some of the anecdotes are amusing, but nothing really too funny.
Erin Lee
A fast read; pretty funny story about a guy who somehow ended up writing porn. Turns out writing scripts for porn is more difficult than you'd think (there goes my backup career plan).
I thought this would be interesting and entertaining, but it was really bad. Poorly written plot. Definitely do NOT recommend this one.
A quick, but forgettable read.
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