Friday, November 13, 2009

Why do I love this so much?

I just finished reading A.O. Scott's New York Times review of Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox."

I love this line: "Is it a movie for children? This inevitable question depends on the assumption that children have uniform tastes and expectations. How can that be?"

But my FAVORITE part of the review is this note at the end:

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested).
It has danger, sorrow, and an awareness of mortality.

I'm guessing I will never write a novel for children that doesn't brush up against these same three elements. Kids think about these kinds of things all the time -- more than the rest of us do, probably. I love creative work that recognizes this (Miyazaki's films, for instance).

Okay, must now get back to the crazy business of November.


Livia said...

Hi Rebecca,
I loved "When You Reach Me", and recently wrote a blog entry analyzing the plot twist. Check it out if you're curious . I'd love to hear your perspective on how you plotted the book.

Rebecca Stead said...

Hi Livia --

I just looked your blog -- how terrific! I love the way you think about writing. I immediately read your Neil Gaiman "rule breaking" post, because I'm interested in head-hopping as well (another master head-hopper: Philip Pullman).

Thanks for letting me know about your excellent post -- I plan to check in on your blog from time to time!


P.S. Neuroscience is something I LOVE to read about. Do you ever read Jonah Lehrer's blog?

Erin said...

I am curious as to if you've seen the Where the Wild Things Are film, and if so what you thought of it? So many people are saying "not a kid-friendly movie!!" but I disagree, for the same reasons you mentioned re: Mr. Fox in this post....