When you read a good revenge story, it is always satisfying when the wronged person takes matters into their own hands and seeks out justice. And while there are countless novels and movies on the subject, there are few good revenge stories in real life that turn out okay in the end. But when you are a celebrity, sometimes you can get by with seeking out justice.
Judd Apatow Turned Freaks & Geeks Cast into Hollywood Stars
Judd Apatow is the mastermind behind some of the most successful comedies of the last ten years. Hilarious films like Knocked Up, Anchorman, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin were all his creations. But before his successful movie career, he created a show called Freaks & Geeks. The series aired on NBC, but it never received strong ratings. So it was cancelled after just 12 episodes.
Apatow was deeply bothered by the fact that he was accused of casting the wrong people. He wanted to prove to NBC executives that they were wrong, so when he went on to gain success in Hollywood and started making movies, he began to cast them all with actors from the failed show.
Throughout the majority of his career, Apatow has continued to work with the same writers, directors and actors, determined to turn them into success stories. And when you consider that the former cast of Freaks & Geeks included stars such as Seth Rogen, Jason Segal, and James Franco, it appears that he has done just that.
Lord Byron Brought a Bear to College
Lord Byron was one of the most successful poets of his time. He was considered to be a celebrity back in the day and he made a fortune off of his work. He soon developed a reputation as a man of excess and someone who didn’t like to be told “No.”
Byron loved animals and all his life he kept exotic pets such as monkeys, foxes and peacocks. Out of all of them, his favorite was a Newfoundland do named Boatswain, who now has a giant marble monument at Newstead Abbey next to Byron’s. It is inscribed with “Epitaph to a Dog” one of Byron’s most successful works.
Naturally when Byron attended Cambridge Trinity College, he wanted to ring a dog with him as a companion. Unfortunately, it was impossible because the rules explicitly stated “no dogs allowed”. However, the statutes failed to make mention of other animals, so Lord Byron brought along a bear instead.
Obviously, the university didn’t want to keep the bear around either, but they had no legal recourse. The bear was allowed to stay on campus for the entire duration of Lord Byron’s stay.
Peter James and his Multiple Revenge Characters
The popular crime writer Peter James has made a habit out of creating characters that are based on people he dislikes or those who have annoyed him. He also makes sure to always give them a fatal ending. One critic said something bad about him, and her character ended up on a slab in his next book where, by his own admission, James “took great pleasure in her dissection.”
Any time that the need arose, Peter also made use of the “small penis rule” to get revenge on fellow writer Martin Amis. After an unpleasant exchange between the two of them, James went on Twitter to take out his frustration. He claimed that his next book would feature a character with a very small penis. The result was Amis Smallbone, a character with a penis so small that a prostitute laughs at it and compares it to a stubby pencil.
In another book, James used as inspiration a reader who blurred the lines between devoted fan and stalker. She appeared at all of this events and emailed him personally when she couldn’t. Eventually, at a book signing, James forgot her name and this caused the woman to storm out of the event. She then sent him a 10,000-word rant. This was so disturbing that he got the authorities involved. She became the basis for a character, a crazed fan who stalks and murders a famous actress.
Michael Crichton’s Sneaky Insult
Crichton is another author who is a fan of the “small penis rule”. Writers have always liked to include subtle or not-so-subtle jabs at people that they dislike in their work. This is usually in the form of an unlikeable character such as a killer, coward or rapist. It presents a legal issue of the accuser can show a definite link in the minds of the readers between them and the character.
The trick has been used successfully by several writers. In 2004, Michael Crichton released his book State of Fear, which received a bad review from critic Michael Crowley. Crichton took it upon himself to create a character in his next novel, named Mick Crowley, who was a child rapist with a very small penis. Besides the obvious similarity between the names, both the character and the critic were Yale graduates and Washington-based political journalists.