This is Tim Burton in Burton On Burton, talking about where he got the inspiration for that neighborhood in Edward Scissorhands from:
“I grew up in suburbia and I still don’t understand certain aspects of it. There’s a certain kind of vagueness, a blankness, and I got this very strongly from my family. The pictures my family had on the walls, I never got the sense that they liked them… Growing up in suburbia was like growing up in a place where there’s no sense of history, no sense of culture, no sense of passion for anything. You were either forced to conform and cut out a large portion of your personality, or to develop a very strong interior life which made you feel separate.”
I know exactly what he’s talking about.