I am also tired of hearing that Hollywood only wants happy stories and to tuck those dark tales away. Um...The Wrestler, anyone? Isn't art about discovering the casualties of living?
Of course, to feel better, consider William Golding's great book about movie making (No one knows anything is the mantra), and John Irving also has a fabulous book about the process. John Truby has told me more than a few times how wrong many of the things said about movies are. A writer friend has a dark and brilliant novel optioned that is headed for the screen, and I can always count on Jeff Lyons to roll his eyes and tell me to think indie.