Top 41 David Benioff Quotes of 2019

“It’s always easiest for me as a writer if I know I have a great ending. It can make everything else work. If you don’t have a good ending, it’s the hardest things in the world to come up with one. I always loved the ending of ‘The Kite Runner,’ and the scenes that are most faithful to the book are the last few scenes.”

― David Benioff

“I’ve never flown a kite.”

― David Benioff

“McCullers is one of those rare writers who remembers what childhood is like. Not incidents, which anyone can recall, but states of mind, which are so difficult to recreate.”

― David Benioff

“’Troy’ is an adaptation of the Trojan War myth in its entirety, not ‘The Iliad’ alone. ‘The Iliad’ begins with the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon over the slave girl Briseis nine years into the war. The equivalent scene occurs halfway through my script.”

― David Benioff

“It is actually a lot harder to sit down and write from A to Z. But for me at least, it’s the only way I can do it, at this point, with any moderate success.”

― David Benioff

“Once you realise that heroes die, everything becomes that much more terrifying.”

― David Benioff

“Despite his dodgy politics, Yeats remains an inspiration for his genius and the simple fact that the older he got, the better he wrote.”

― David Benioff

“It’s crazy enough to be the person crawling through the bushes in Northern Ireland with a telescopic lens taking pictures – there are crazy people out there. But the idea that people want to go to sites and find out those spoilers… it’s like if there was a website called Last Pages of Great Books, would you read that?”

― David Benioff

“For every Book of Job, there’s a Book of Leviticus, featuring some of the most boring prose ever written. But if you were stranded on a desert island, what book would better reward long study? And has there ever been a more beautiful distillation of existential philosophy than the Book of Ecclesiastes?”

― David Benioff

“Fiction novels, that’s my game.”

― David Benioff

“I think, in a weird way, the reason I was drawn to screenwriting and the reason I really love doing it is because I love writing dialogue.”

― David Benioff

“And I didn’t grow up wanting to be a director. I grew up wanting to be a writer, so for me, that was always the goal – to be a novelist, not a screenwriter. And I think, again, if I didn’t have the novels, maybe I’d be much more frustrated by not having directed yet.”

― David Benioff

“With the movies, people are not going to wait around. The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it’s more a polite suggestion.”

― David Benioff

“I’m just not a natural teacher.”

― David Benioff

“A certain luxury when you get to writing a novel is to have the space to have your characters just banter.”

― David Benioff

“But in a 24-hour day, the 25th hour is also the impossible hour, an hour that doesn’t exist, that can only be created by the imagination.”

― David Benioff

“Every adaptation requires that the screenwriter make difficult choices – and in particular, difficult cuts.”

― David Benioff

“I was a huge fantasy geek growing up. I was the dungeon master in my D&D game.”

― David Benioff

“I like having my own story remain my story.”

― David Benioff

“Sometimes I get jealous when I’m reading a great book by a younger writer. But ‘White Tiger’ is so good, I almost forgot to hate Aravind Adiga.”

― David Benioff

“’Game Of Thrones’ was too big a canvas for a movie, but ‘Dirty White Boys’ is like a great old Western: there’s so much compression, and it’s so pressurized, it demands to be told in one sitting.”

― David Benioff

“’The 25th Hour’ came out of the decision – a really very conscious decision – that I needed a story set within a compressed time frame because that would help focus the story.”

― David Benioff

“If you’re writing a screenplay for a feature, you don’t have any involvement with the casting process, the editing process, the set design, the costume design, or any of that stuff.”

― David Benioff

“I don’t like extremely long movies. I tend to get a bit impatient. There are definitely exceptions, like ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ but for the most part, I feel that movies should usually be shorter and not longer.”

― David Benioff

“Movies that are subtitled don’t usually do as well in American theatres.”

― David Benioff

“I love reading novels, and I love going to movies, but I kind of hate going to an adaptation of a novel, and it starts off with a voiceover.”

― David Benioff

“I don’t type my sentences on an arena’s pitch, surrounded by thousands of cheering or booing fans – I don’t feel pressure to please a crowd.”

― David Benioff

“I can’t measure up to Homer. His composition has survived for nearly three millennia and remains the world’s most beautiful and mournful depiction of war. But the story of the Trojan War does not belong to Homer. The characters he employs were legendary long before he was born.”

― David Benioff

“If you bill something as a memoir, you’re implying that everything in it is true.”

― David Benioff

“With screenplays, it’s all about being as concise as possible. If you have a scene that’s set in a bar, you just have to write, ‘Interior: Bar.’”

― David Benioff

“Just the notion of falling for someone, that involves weakness.”

― David Benioff

“The reality is, ‘Game of Thrones’ has been a successful show for HBO, which has put us in a position to come and pitch another show and get them excited about it. And that’s what helped get us here.”

― David Benioff

“You just do the best you can and hope people see the potential in it.”

― David Benioff

“We always talk about how the first several seasons were faithful to the books, and anybody who wanted to could go onto Wikipedia and learn Ned Stark gets beheaded or about The Red Wedding, and most people don’t want to know – because why ruin a story?”

― David Benioff

“We have amazing stunt performers and in Miguel Sapochnik, a director who’s so good at spending hours and hours and hours on every shot beforehand, so that he knows exactly what he wants when he gets to the battlefield on the day. We only shoot ten-hour days, so you have to pack a lot into those ten hours.”

― David Benioff

“Iwan Rheon is a great actor, and he’s going to go on to a long brilliant career. And most of the characters he’ll play will not be evil. He’s not one of those who can only play a bad guy.”

― David Benioff

“Simon Critchley’s ‘The Book of Dead Philosophers’ – it’s a quick thumbnail sketches of philosophers through the ages.”

― David Benioff

“We have a ‘bad movie’ club, and we go to whatever dumb movie is playing in the local theater, then go and have some beers and dinner.”

― David Benioff

“My favorite food in the world is hard shell crabs from Maryland.”

― David Benioff

“Some of my happiest childhood memories are going to the movies with my dad and seeing whatever was out that week. In 1977, when I was 7, it was ‘Star Wars.’ That was a life-changer.”

― David Benioff

“It would be far less interesting, after ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ to have an hour-long movie in between ‘Empire’ and ‘Return of the Jedi,’ where Luke is training. It’s so much cooler to cut from end of ‘Empire’ to beginning of ‘Return,’ where he’s become the Jedi.”

― David Benioff

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