The “Ward Churchill School of Screenwriting”?

“I turned to my friend during the movie and said, ‘I have always wanted to see my book on the big screen and there it is; I just didn’t get credit for it,’ ” said Mr. Turnipseed, who served as a truck driver with the Marine Corps for about 90 days in 1991.

I mean, how could you possibly screw over a Marine named Turnipseed? That’s just un-American.

7 Responses to “The “Ward Churchill School of Screenwriting”?”

  1. Cullen says:

    I have mixed emotions about the movie all together. I mean, basically someone getting disillusioned with war because they don’t get to fight? Wah!
    The Marines I’ve heard from here really didn’t like it.
    The part at the end that says something like … These are not my stories but all Marines’ stories is bullsh*te. Did all Marines write a copyrighted novel? No? Then the dude has a case. I hope it turns out well for him.

  2. I read the book, it was one of our eBooks actually so I got it for free – it’s pretty good, but it becomes more and more apparent as you go along that much of it was steamed-up during writers-workshop sessions, and the epilogue thing or writers’ bio kinda reveals that turn towards the Big Embrace of College Liberalism as well. Go along to get along and all that.

  3. Lisa says:

    My cousin married a Turnipseed. HAHAHAHAAAHAAA.
    Seriously. His wife’s maiden name is Turnipseed. And no, that joke never gets old. She hates us.
    My brother said Jarhead was really good, but then he’s 22. I am leery of ALL war movies nowadays, ever since Hollywood decided THEY were the arbiters of what is “accurate” in depicting war.

  4. She’s obviously lacking in character, Lisa!
    As far as Jarhead the movie: 23 year old Ebola (after having read the book and upon seeing the first trailer) said, “Great! I had to listen to him whine all through the book and now onscreen, too? What a f*ckin’ crybaby.”
    Major Dad, on the other hand, said the book was pretty accurate and voiced the truism “ALL Marines piss and moan.” I will whole heartedly second that. We really have raised it (and swearing) to an art form.

  5. Cullen says:

    That applies to all fighting services, THS.
    So that only leaves out the Navy and Air Force.

  6. Cullen, BWAHahahahaha! (Okay, Army puke, I’ll letcha have that one.) I stand corrected. ALL fighting services piss and moan and want to know when they get to kill something.

  7. major dad says:

    The book was accurate in that it showed how sitting around in the desert for six months waiting for a war to start just sucked and believe me it did! Not to mention when you are a low ranking enlisted guy doing all the crappy jobs. Then it ended in about 100 hours. We had a crewchief upon hearing it was over, throw down his helmet and exclaim “what a lame war”. Only military types would understand.

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