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    Quote Originally Posted by 93JC View Post
    Thanks for posting that. Its interesting, especially in light of the discussion on formulaic movie plots we were having with @SD45T-2. I have loved Peanuts for a long time. It reminds me a bit of this review of Somewhere I was reading which talks about another kind of sameness in holywood that connects, I think, to the self-esteem boosting paradigm.

    One of William Goldman's best ever essays was about why most plays were about putting on a play. He didn't have to account for the poverty of ideas that led to Broadway about Broadway, because it was obvious — people who spent their entire lives in theater naturally had no other life experience to draw on. Somerset Maugham's edict to write what you know is among the dumbest pieces of advice ever given about writing, and it has recently become more harmful than even he realized. The maxim of 'write what you know' is revolting self-help propaganda: you're good enough, you don't need to keep learning, your experience of the world is valid and complete in itself.

    The number of possible life experiences is dwindling. Eventually we will all have one life experience, distinguishable only in small moments not accounted for by communal art. What draws divergent backgrounds into the Americam amalgam is the shared experience of life reflected in art, but the people who create this perception in the film medium are drastically limited by their own surroundings. The last thing you have to do is start making films about people markedly different from yourself, but the first thing you have to do is stop making films about people identical to yourself.

    I kind of disagree with disparaging people to write what they know, because I think most people are already creatively backed up as it is, and its important to start somewhere, but I can understand the frustration with Hollywood's love for insider movies. But that line about you're good enough does make me think about the refrain of the magic feather movies and the generation to whom its being sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93JC View Post
    The spectrum of people who've told me I might enjoy Cowboy Bebop in particular is relatively broad so at some point I'll give it a shot.

    Your characterization of the 'genre' as a bit of a minefield seems spot on. A lot of it I've never had the patience for, it came across as absolute crap. *cough*Dragonball Z*cough*

    I've read rave reviews about several of Miyazaki's works (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) so I'm a little more open and optimistic about it than I would be about some random film or TV show I've never heard of that happened to be Japanese and animated.
    I'm with you- most of it is utter crap. Dragonball Z is awful. Even the stuff they show on Adult Swim is terrible most of the time (though Cowboy Bebop is a shining exception, as is Samurai Champloo). But Miyazaki really is wonderful. My kids, though they liked Dumbo and other Disney fare just fine (Disney's Alice is one of my faves) really fixated on a couple of Miyazaki movies. My daughter was OBSESSED with Kiki's Delivery Service- she had a little dress she thought looked like Kiki's dress, and a little broom, and a little stuffed cat, and I made her a little radio to hang on her broom. She would recite scenes from the movie and expect us to play along (which of course we did because we're complete suckers). She was also obsessed with Totoro- a frequent pastime for her at about age 3 was running around looking anxious, and when I'd ask her what she was doing she'd say "I just tryna fine Mei!" (Mei is the little sister in the movie who gets lost at one point.)

    We also watched and enjoyed the other Studio Ghibli movies such as Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, The Cat Returns, Porco Rosso, and Spirited Away (though it scared my younger child a bit the first time- it's quite a bit darker than Kiki or Totoro), and as a teen my daughter has loved Princess Mononoke but it's not really a kids' movie. I'd also recommend Pom Poko, if for no other reason than it features raccoons with shape-shifting ballsacks and still manages to be a good kids' movie.

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    Yesterday our sister office gave us free leftover Panera sandwiches for lunch, and today the Jimmy John's guy dropped off free mini-sandwich samples. I couldn't eat either of them. What a sad day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle View Post
    Yesterday our sister office gave us free leftover Panera sandwiches for lunch, and today the Jimmy John's guy dropped off free mini-sandwich samples. I couldn't eat either of them. What a sad day!
    Full pizza sandwiches? What is this awesomeness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Full pizza sandwiches? What is this awesomeness?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasilisa View Post
    Thanks for posting that.
    Thank you for reading it and sharing your insights!

    I kind of disagree with disparaging people to write what they know, because I think most people are already creatively backed up as it is, and its important to start somewhere, but I can understand the frustration with Hollywood's love for insider movies.
    I think the author of the review of Somewhere has a good point about "write what you know" only if you have a very narrow interpretation of what it means. It seems as though the author thinks it means "write about only what you know about". I prefer to think Maugham, Hemingway and others to whom the idiom has been credited meant "know about what you're writing about"; i.e. don't be ignorant, research everything in your story because your audience can tell if you haven't.

    But that line about you're good enough does make me think about the refrain of the magic feather movies and the generation to whom its being sold.
    There's a kind of funny irony that the author of "You Can Do Anything: Must Every Kids' Movie Reinforce the Cult of Self-Esteem?" makes reference to the book "Generation Me" and quotes "younger generations 'simply take it for granted that we should all feel good about ourselves, we are all special, and we all deserve to follow our dreams.'" and yet he uses the magic feather from Dumbo (1943) as a catchphrase for the modern-day predilection for selling kids on the idea that they can do anything if they just believe it. And A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) is the counterpoint.

    My grandfather, my eldest living direct ancestor, was 11 when Dumbo came out; my mother was 13 when A Boy Named Charlie Brown hit screens. Hardly the sort of stuff aimed at today's kids, or us for that matter. In a roundabout way it ties into what I said about Snyder's "screenwriting book that has taken over Hollywood": this is nothing new. Formulaic maybe, but not new. These are very old ideas wrapped in superficially new packages.


    I wonder if screenwriters write from the point of view that they're selling the idea that kids can do anything, or if they're pushed, or maybe even coerced, into writing these stories because that's what they believe (or the studio marketing dept. believes) kids want to hear.

    Too much optimism can warp a person and there is definitely a power of negative thinking, but of course too much rumination on negativity is disabling (I can testify) and balance is preferable.

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