Conan, a reimagination of the popular Schwarzenegger franchise, was released last week and tanked. One of the credited screenwriters, Sean Hood, was gracious enough to answer a question on Quora on what it’s like when your film flops at the boxoffice:

A movie’s opening day is analogous to a political election night. Although I’ve never worked in politics, I remember having similar feelings of disappointment and disillusionment when my candidate lost a presidential bid, so I imagine that working as a speechwriter or a fundraiser for the losing campaign would feel about the same as working on an unsuccessful film.

It’s insightful and honest. Read the whole thing here.