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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done but seems familiar, March 13, 2008
This review is from: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1) (Hardcover)
First off, I really liked the book and highly recommend it. As I read it however, I kept thinking that Hayao Miyazaki was a major influence is this work. The Amulet from Laputa, the walking house from Howls Moving Castle, the creatures that trapped their mother from Nausicaa to name a few. While this is not necessarily a bad thing as it is a very enjoyable read and beautiful to look it I am surprised no one has noticed any similarities to Miyazaki's works. I am looking forward to the next volume.
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Initial post: Jun 20, 2009 4:54:44 PM PDT
netty1180 says:
It's been a while since I had first read The Amulet and I can't recall thinking of Miyazaki's work. Which I am a huge fan of and have seen all of the mentioned works. It's hard to say what I first thought of on the matter.
However after a few pages the story didn't feel that original. I had high hopes for it too being that I had heard about it prior to its realease. I must say I was disapointed at some of the fantasty aspects. Which as said didn't seem all that original or clever. It's a good story mind you it's just one more geared for kids.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2010 9:27:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2010 9:28:38 AM PDT
The artist has a gigantic Nausicaa poster in his studio, so the influence is unavoidable. However, I think the movie you're referring to (creatures trapping the parents) is Spirited Away. I agree the Miyazaki spirit is strong in the books, but it sometimes feels derivative.

Anyone who likes the Amulet books must pick up the Nausicaa graphic novel series, too.
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