“… the problem has come since the film.
So many people have completely misunderstood the story.
I think it’s important to leave spaces in a story
for readers to fill in from their own experience,
but unfortunately the audience that “Brokeback” reached
most strongly have powerful fantasy lives.
And one of the reasons we keep the gates locked here
is that a lot of men have decided that the story
should have had a happy ending.
They can’t bear the way it ends—
they just can’t stand it.
So they rewrite the story,
including all kinds of boyfriends and new lovers
and so forth after Jack is killed. And it just drives me wild.
They can’t understand that the story isn’t about Jack and Ennis.”
Annie Proulx on Brockback Mountain
The Paris Review