Writer Annie Proulx attends the "Brokeback Mountain" Opera press conference at the Royal Theatre on Jan. 27, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
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December 29, 2014 11:59 AM EST

Pulitzer-winning writer Annie Proulx opened up to the Paris Review about why she wishes she’d never written Brokeback Mountain, the short story that turned into the triple Academy Award-winning film of the same name. Both the film and short story follow the lives of two cowboys, Jack and Ennis, as they navigate their secret romance in 1960s Wyoming.

Here’s what Proulx said about what happened after the film adaptation:

[The Paris Review]

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