Nicholas Bennett

Nicholas Bennett

Screenwriter, educator, scholar.

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    Native Americans in Hollywood film

    I would love to read an article detailing Native American representation in Hollywood cinema. Whitewashing, the Marlon Brando Oscars debacle, and more.

    • There was a 2009 documentary title "Reel Injun" that did a terrific job exploring this, and it is a powerful topic because of the influence that the portrayal of First Nations in films has had on the European North American consciousness. In light of the more recent calls for recognition of indigenous sovereignty, rights, and title to unceded land that have been in the news lately in both Canada and the US, examining our perceptions of First Nations peoples and biases formed by Hollywood visions would be well worth reading. – petethicke 1 week ago
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    • You're right that "Reel Injun" addresses this and does so amazingly. It is about 10 years old; however. I have yet to read recent well written online articles detailing this issue. – nbenn057 1 week ago
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    Nicholas Bennett

    This is a great topic and a very well written analysis. I’m writing something similar about the LGBT rep for both wlw and mlm in anime, and much of the same research applies. The heterosexual marriages of queer folks in Japan and the “double lives” are points I didn’t include in my research but very important.

    I’ve found that mlm is often more commonly represented in anime with than wlw, and the mlm relationships usually have more depth. Aoi Hana is excellent, but a rarity for sure. I have theories about why this is true, but I wonder what you would think about it.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Depictions of the Anime Lesbian: Land of the Rising Queer
    Nicholas Bennett

    I’m sure it’s been said, but Hollywood film is a bloodthristy business only interested in money. They hire famous faces because it draws money, and when they don’t have someone famous for a role, they cast someone they think will be the next star. Unfortunately, all of those faces are usually white because that’s how American society views success and beauty, through a white lens. I worked in Hollywood for a bit and it’s why I left.

    Whitewashing of Asian Characters in Hollywood Anime/Manga Adaptations
    Nicholas Bennett

    Currently watching Inuyasha for the first time and I was intrigued by what you wrote about the Inugami. The Yu Yu Hakusho connection to shinigami is interesting, but I somewhat disagree to an extent. No worries, though — it’s all subjective. Each of your article’s sections could be their own paper. I would love to read more analysis and depth about all of the anime and inspirations you wrote on.

    The Mythological and Folk Tale Origins of Classic Anime