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Ten loosely interconnected shorts by screenwriter Thonson reveal the insular, sordid and somewhat touching world of Hollywood, its insiders, and those who prey on them.  Dark, pointed details and heavy atmosphere haunt these engaging tales.

--Publishers Weekly Select


These 10 interconnected stories trace a web of Hollywood relationships, revealing how careless decisions can have repercussions for decades--on and off the big screen. Thonson offers acrobatic dialogue in scenes that feel both realistic and satirical. Many of his interactions have the terse, economical style of the late Raymond Carver's work. Even the subtlest lines carry power and significance. A sharp, melancholic, and knowing addition to the long shelf of Angeleno literature.

--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Thomas Thonson is a screenwriter, filmmaker and film-worker, who toils away beneath the Griffith Observatory (also known as Jor-El’s laboratory from the Superman TV show) in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460928741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460928745
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,985,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Thonson is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and film-worker, who toils away beneath the Griffith Observatory (also known as Jor-El's laboratory from the Superman TV show) in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. He has sold original screenplays and completed rewrite assignments for 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, Disney, New Regency among others.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PeterH on August 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Writing from personal experience can be a great tonic to exorcise one's demons while remaining authoritative at the same time. It can also result in a self-serving rant. Thomas Thonson is a veteran of the Hollywood film industry and the theme of his unpretentious collection, You Don't Die of Love, is Hollywood and people whose lives it impacts.

Fortunately, these stories appear to have been slow-cooked over time to remove any acrimony (not to mention predictable Tinseltown clichés) while staying authentic. This is helped by a detached yet warm tone, giving the writing an agreeable melancholy. Periodic passages of movie speak succeed and are not gimmicky because they fit, artistically. I particularly liked this one from the opening to the third story, Caper:

****

By all accounts Gary Grand had been naked when he ran across the Hollywood freeway in the dwindling dusk of that Friday rush hour. Various witnesses had given their accounts. The newsmen from all the local channels had gotten them all on tape beneath a circling helicopter, the chug-chug of the blades stirring the air, their hair lifting delicately from the heads, staring blankly into the camera's blinding light, as they breathlessly recounted their stories: "I looked up and there he was . . ."

A sequence emerged: a shifting shape, stutter-stepping, blurry, pixilated by the stabbing headlights, a comic sequence, silent movie speed, Keystone Cop funny . . . pale figure, arms flailing, a slab of white paper in his hands . . . defying all odds as he slashed across the lanes in a zigzag run.

****

That the stories vary widely in length and narrative style does not affect the unity of the collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl M-M on March 7, 2012
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Now and again you get a collection stories and like what you read so much that you wonder what else the author has written. I am not sure what I was expecting after reading the title but it wasn't these noir like refreshing tales. They are all linked in some way to Hollywood and the characters connect with each other in the various stories like a row of dominoes. I liked it, it was sarcastic and witty in places and realistic with a touch of irony in others. I received a free copy of this for my review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Wilson on November 15, 2011
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These ten tight, highly entertaining "modern Hollywood" stories develop and unfold via the back consciousnesses of entertainment industry burn-outs, small timers, wanna-be's, and left-overs - anonymous, intriguing characters you might notice fidgeting in line at the super market. The writing is crisp. And the ten linked chapters buzz with delicious irony. Highly enjoyable - especially for those of us interested in the going's-on of our 21st century Hollywood shark tank.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Hyry on July 26, 2011
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"You Don't Die of Love" is a love letter to Los Angeles.
I know these people and places , I've walked through this life beside
them-sharing their joy, pain and committed zeal in the
face of an industry and world that seems to fade as you reach each plateau.
"You Don't Die of Love" affirms a life lived by many in this Los Angeles,
a city that at times seems to be the physical and emotional realization of
expectations crowned by desire.
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Here's what I hated about You Don't Die of Love: it ends. These characters you want to follow around forever. They have a humanness that touches the heart, yet Thonson is unflinching in his ability to deal them the hard knocks of fate and just bad luck. And then lift them up as they ride the crazy vicissitudes of living the Californian dream. I love how each story reveals a whole new perspective of already introduced and established story lines. Remember those little paper flowers you put in water and watch them bloom into wild colors and shapes? The stories do that--they blossom into ever deepening dimensions with ever revealing pathos of the human condition. Thonson uses the Hollywood movie scene to tie these stories together, but it could have been anything. The real fun of the book is Thonson himself, the omniscient observer, who says to the reader, "Get this, you aren't going to believe how crazy this is!" Yet he does it with lip-smacking humor as well as real tenderness, such that the follies we behold are the flavor of those that we ourselves are prone to fall into, and by being kind to ourselves, find the only kind of salvation life has to offer. I LOVE this book, you won't stop laughing!
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