Nice Girls – Are They More or Less Difficult to Write than Bad Girls?

“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?

Spirited Away – A Refresher on the Fairy Tale Story Pattern

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

Review – Battle Shell: The Time Capsule and Vengeance

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

9 Things Writers Can Learn (or Relearn) from Japanese Media

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

Hayao Miyazaki – An Interesting Take

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