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Add Some Spice

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one’s own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane.

I cannot say with certainty which of my motives are the strongest, but I know which of them deserve to be followed. And looking back through my work, I see that it is invariably where I lacked a political purpose that I wrote lifeless books and was betrayed into purple passages, sentences without meaning, decorative adjectives and humbug generally.

# George Orwell – Why I Write

I was helping my sister today with her Uni essay and read this passage from Orwell’s book ‘Why I Write’. It stuck with me all day and I felt like sharing it.

I watched “Paprika” last night, directed by Satoshi Kon. I was surprised to learn that it’s actually based on a novel that was adapted to a screenplay. I can’t quite picture it as a novel after watching that. I can, however, see why Satoshi directed this film, as it reminded me a lot of his “Paranoia Agent” series which he wrote and directed himself.

It’s a visually stunning piece, but I still think “Perfect Blue” and “Tokyo Godfathers” are his best work, but Paprika certainly is a joy to the senses both in visuals and sound. After the movie ended, I had to find the soundtrack on iTunes. It’s funky :)

Paprika: Don’t you think dreams and the Internet are similar? They are both areas where the repressed conscious mind vents.

I’m also currently reading “Welcome to the NHK“. It’s rather good. I ordered volumes 1 and 2 nearly 3 weeks ago and volume one arrived the day before yesterday. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book, but I found it a weird coincidence that I finished writing my ‘Static’ short story, which is about a man suffering from agoraphobia, and the lead character in NHK is a recluse with similar tendencies. I should have ordered this earlier XD Would’ve been a good reference source.

Think I’ll go finish reading it in bed.

3 responses to “Add Some Spice”

  1. #1. paul duffield on March 30th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I found Paprika very dissapointing actually. Visually stunning, but thematically weak with unengaging characters. It quite relieves me to know that it wasn’t Satoshi Kon’s story, since I love his other works to death :)

  2. #2. Fehed on March 30th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Oh, I totally agree with you on that one. I just didn’t get into it because I too only just found out Satoshi Kon didn’t write the story :)

    The whole thing felt more like a showcase piece, than anything, so I just treated it that way. But when I found out that it was an actual novel? I was a little taken aback by how poor the story and character development was.

    I was planning to watch “Millennium Actress” next. I’ve heard a lot of mixed feelings concerning that one.

  3. #3. paul duffield on April 1st, 2008 at 9:42 am

    ooh! Millenium Acress is second only to Perfect Blue in my opinion (and is actually a superior movie to even that from a technical standpoint). I’d like to see what you think of it.


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