Despite the old media trope that all shows are meta-reflections on the creator’s side, there actually aren’t very many stories/shows/films for
adults my tastes that feature WRITERS in an insightful way.* One exception is Princess Tutu.
Princess Tutu is a postmodern, ballet-themed shojo anime about the uncontrollable, sometimes redemptive, sometimes terrible power of stories. The feared author Drosselmeyer has the power to make anything come true if he writes a story about it. In bitter revenge on the townspeople who rejected him, Drosselmeyer refuses to finish a fairy tale before dying. Despairing that they can never end the story, the characters break out of the story and consequently enchant the town around them.
The characters wonder, Are we real? Do we have freedom of choice? Are we trapped by the destiny of the story book? What is my role and what happens when my role is finished?
Of course, it isn’t all deep and tortured. How heavy can it be with scenes this cute?
In episode 20 in the second arc, we learn the character Fakia (or, “Fakir“) had a power similar to Drosselmeyer. The young Fakia decided to write a story where he was a great knight who defeated all of the evil crows. Soon enough, the crows come to attack him just as he wrote in his story.
But quite unlike his story, the crows kill both of his parents.Traumatized by this, the newly orphaned Fakia represses his memory and begins to harbor a deep fear of writing.
Ahiru (our “Little Duckling” heroine) begs Fakia to try writing again in an attempt to save their friend. Fakia agrees because “the story keeps moving” and he must act.
It was a good episode to rewatch as I tinker around with Day 2 of my 30 day writing challenge.
Time I started writing: 2:30 pm, off and on until 4:30pm.
Word count: 304
Review: Today was a little odd because I didn’t get home until 12:30 after an unusually busy day out with the toddler. So I had an extra cup of coffee around 1pm and got to work. I was also editing some older writing so it was not a lot of “new.” But all in all, I am pretty satisfied I broke the 300 word count (eventually I hope to get to 750 words a day).
Tonight I am going to set up a writing prompt for myself and try writing first thing in the morning.
*The ones that I can recall follow a few boring cliches (ie. the confused writer suffering writer’s block who recovers his muse again after some life changing journey usually involving a manic-pixie sex partner type). Only Stephen King seems to appreciate the god-like, mind-numbing ,terrible power and responsibility of writing in his books. Remember, the dad in The Shining was a writer.