"I am (and I have always been) a weird guy. And my mind doesn’t function completely in the real world. I have to have, every day, abstract myself into a language of fable and monsters to try to manage and understand - at the world means. I interpret the good and the bad in our lives through monsters and parables that I find help me grasp who we are, or how we can make sense of this life we have. And to compliment that, my office, every morning I leave my family home and I go to my office, which consists largely of 11,000 square feet of books and weird objects of art, and I am constantly inspired by the paintings surrounding me, the objects surrounding me, or the books I have read or read every day. It’s fun. And to finalize it, I would say, the final part of this is I think that in order to create movies, you should not solely be inspired by movies. It is important to enrich your storytelling language with every form of storytelling media that resonates with you. It can be a fairy tale, a classic book, or a video game, or a painting in a museum, it makes no difference, as long as it stimulates your storytelling drive.” - Guillermo del Toro from his Reddit AMA today.
Love this. I relate so much.