David Wong (writer)

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David Wong
BornJason Pargin
(1975-01-10) January 10, 1975 (age 39)
Lawrenceville, Illinois
OccupationHumorist: multimedia
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
EducationGraduated in 1997 from Radio-television Department[1]
Alma materSouthern Illinois University
PeriodContemporary
GenreSatire
SubjectPop culture, news media, Americana
Notable worksJohn Dies at the End
Website
johndiesattheend.com
 
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David Wong
BornJason Pargin
(1975-01-10) January 10, 1975 (age 39)
Lawrenceville, Illinois
OccupationHumorist: multimedia
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
EducationGraduated in 1997 from Radio-television Department[1]
Alma materSouthern Illinois University
PeriodContemporary
GenreSatire
SubjectPop culture, news media, Americana
Notable worksJohn Dies at the End
Website
johndiesattheend.com

Jason Pargin (born January 10, 1975), known by his pen name David Wong, is an American humor writer.[2] He is the executive editor of humor website Cracked.com and has written two novels, John Dies at the End (2007) and This Book Is Full of Spiders (2012). The former was adapted into a film of the same name in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Wong was born in Lawrenceville, Illinois.[2] He and fellow Internet writer John Cheese (real name Mack Leighty) went to high school together and met during an art class they shared.[3] Wong then attended the Southern Illinois University (SIU) radio-television program, graduating in 1997.[1] While at SIU, he was part of a TV show on Alt.news cable TV called Consumer Advocate. A number of episodes were produced.[4]

As of 2012, he lives in Marion, Illinois.[5][6]

PWOT and Cracked[edit]

In 1999 Wong started his own humor site, Pointless Waste of Time (PWOT), which would eventually be absorbed into Cracked.com.[7]

While working as a copy editor at a law firm, he would spend his days copy editing insurance claims and nights posting humor articles on PWOT. Every Halloween on the site he wrote a new chapter of an online story that he published as a webserial.[1] An estimated 70,000 people read the free online versions before they were removed in September 2008. Wong used the feedback from people reading each episode of the webserial to tweak what would eventually become the book, John Dies at the End.[7]

Demand Media hired Wong to be the head editor for their revamped online magazine, Cracked.com, although Demand was not aware of Wong's book deal.[1] As part of the deal, he merged PWOT into the Cracked forums. Wong has described a disconnection between the old Cracked print magazine and the humor site Cracked.com due to multiple relaunches and almost entirely new staff.[8] As a child, he read Cracked magazine's biggest competitor, Mad magazine.[8]

In a popular article published at Cracked.com, Wong coined the neologism "monkeysphere" which introduces the concept of Dunbar's number in a humorous manner.[9] Wong referred to Dunbar's number again in his novel, This Book is Full of Spiders.

Adopting the pseudonym David Wong[edit]

When Pargin started PWOT, he took on the pseudonym of David Wong to keep his real and online lives separate. Since much of his writing involved situations similar to his real life, he did not want co-workers and his employers to think that his rants about fictional characters were inspired by real people. After his book and movie deal, his real name became common knowledge, but Wong accepted it, saying "It's not like I'm under the Witness Protection program or anything. I was just trying to keep things simple in my personal life."[8]

John Dies at the End[edit]

Novel[edit]

Main article: John Dies at the End

John Dies at the End was at first rejected by publishers, and Wong considered taking it down until Jacob Kier, from indie horror publisher Permuted Press, agreed to publish the novel in 2007.[10] A second edition by Thomas Dunne Books was published with additional material as a hardcover on September 29, 2009.[11][12] After enjoying some success, it came to the attention of Don Coscarelli who decided to adapt it as a film.[10]

Film[edit]

In 2007, Coscarelli optioned the film rights to John Dies at the End.[13] Filming took place from late 2010 until early 2011 at locations in Southern California. On January 27, 2011 that principal photography had been completed.[14]

The film, starring Paul Giamatti, Chase Williamson, and Rob Mayes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2012. It also played on March 12, 2012, at South by Southwest (SXSW), the Austin, Texas film festival.[15][16][17]

Bibliography[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Mileur, Eli (February 22, 2012). "SIU grad makes it big with comedy website". The Daily Egyptian. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Wong, David, 1975 January 10–". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  3. ^ Cheese, John (2012). "Is there an origins story to your pseudonym"John Cheese"?". johncheesecracked.tumblr.com. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Consumer Advocate (1996). "alt.news – Consumer Advocate – etch (1996 season one)". Alt.news cable TV. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ McCormick, Luke (November 30, 2009). "Wong writes way into Hollywood". The Daily Egyptian. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Testa, Adam (January 16, 2011). "‘Cracked’ Up: Local author finds niche in humor market". The Southern Illinoisan. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Lee, Jodi (November 7, 2010; Originally published 2008). "Inter-review Sunday: David Wong & JDatE". Jodie Lee into the mirror. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Adhominem (2012). "The many dimensions of David Wong". Adhominem. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ David Wong. "Inside the Monkeysphere". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  10. ^ a b Wong, David (September 25, 2011). "John Dies at the End Teaser Trailer". Cracked. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ Publishers Weekly (July 13, 2009). "Fiction review". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ Wong, David (September 29, 2009). "September 29, 2009". johndiesattheend.com. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ Quint (October 21, 2010). "Quint knows what Don Coscarelli's new movie is! And more importantly he knows Paul Giamatti and The Kurgan are in it!". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  14. ^ "John Dies at the End" just starting post and VFX". Don Coscarelli. Twitter. January 27, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ Labrecque, Jeff (January 24, 2012). "Sundance: 'Bubba Ho-Tep' director back with a vengeance – VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ Sundance Film Festival (December 19, 2011). "Four Additional Films Selected for 2012 Sundance Film Festival". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ South by Southwest (2012). "John Dies At The End". South by Southwest. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 

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