“Playing good girls in the ‘30s was difficult, when the fad was to play bad girls. Actually I think playing bad girls is a bore; I have always had more luck with good girl roles because they require more from an actress.” Olivia De Havilland via BrainyQuote.com Olivia De Haviland as Melanie Hamilton in Gone … Continue reading Nice Girls – Are They More or Less Difficult to Write than Bad Girls?
Having recently seen Hayao Miyazaki’s fantastic Spirited Away* again, I was struck by something I had not noticed before. It is a minor detail, one the story takes for granted, and so it is easy to miss. This is especially the case in a day and age where the fairy tale has largely been either … Continue reading Spirited Away – A Refresher on the Fairy Tale Story Pattern
The reviews are coming, readers. Slowly, but they are coming! Today’s subject is a webcomic titled Barrel Shell, written by the aptly named SuperPencilMan. Available free on http://www.webtoons.com, the description reads thus: On a world much like our own, a great empire ruled over the lands below them in massive flying cities. Then, a cataclysm … Continue reading Review – Battle Shell: The Time Capsule and Vengeance
Admittedly, the time frame which the people in this video say they spend working on a story is not something I recommend to beginning authors – or to authors in general. In the installment below, a Japanese actor tours Studio Ghibli, famous for films such as Spirited Away* and Ponyo*. During the tour, he is … Continue reading A Testament to Craftsmanship in Storytelling
No, that is not a Hayao Miyazaki* reference. Although he could certainly do a lot with that image… This post’s title actually belongs to a rusting hulk in Australia. The S.S. Ayrfield resides in a ship graveyard called Homebush Bay in the Land Down Under. She has been there since 1972 and many tourists stop … Continue reading The Floating Forest
Previously, the ways being a fan can help – or hurt – an author were discussed here at Song. This and the article on fan fiction primarily focused on Western entertainment and its effect on aspiring storytellers. While fundamentally important and formative for all prospective novelists, present day Occidental fiction is not the only storytelling … Continue reading 9 Things Writers Can Learn (or Relearn) from Japanese Media
Below, you will find an interesting article by Mr. Peter Shellhase, from The Imaginative Conservative, about the conservative ideas in Mr. Hayao Miyazaki’s movies. The Conservative Vision of Hayao Miyazaki by Peter Schellhase Last year Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement with the release of his final film The Wind Rises. This film is … Continue reading Hayao Miyazaki – An Interesting Take