[DWJ] Hello again, and beards

Martha Hixon marthahixon at gmail.com
Mon Sep 8 12:20:01 EDT 2014


"domesticity" in what way? I'm not disagreeing at all, just asking for
elucidation on this point.

I really do not like that film on the whole, though I do like Miyazaki's
work in general, and I can appreciate some small bits of the film--how
Sophie's "age" is visually fluid, demonstrating that it's a disguise she
has imposed on herself, for example. But most of it just puts my teeth on

I agree about his adaptation of the *Borrowers*, too. He can't help but
impose his worldview on any story he is telling. I work in adaptations, so
I am fine with that technique, but some people just aren't good at it.


Dr. Martha P. Hixon
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
615-898-2599 / martha.hixon at mtsu.edu

On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM, <deborah.dwj at suberic.net> wrote:

> On Mon, 8 Sep 2014, Martha Hixon wrote:
>> I've
>> decided that Miyazaki is such a strong storyteller himself that he isn't
>> good at adapting the work of others.
> His worldview and universe building is so strong and gorgeous that his
> flavor can come into conflict with another strong flavor. I wasn't thrilled
> with his Borrowers adaptation, either, but his overall sweetness was less
> in conflict with that book. HMC is a deliciously snarky book, and Miyazaki
> is so soaringly epic and sweet. Both Miyazaki and DWJ have great respect
> for domesticity, and I think that's something the film did very well,
> because it's something inherent in both of their styles.
> -deborah
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