Lonely children

kylie.preisig at police.wa.gov.au kylie.preisig at police.wa.gov.au
Tue Jan 23 23:54:45 EST 2001

This was discussed in depth one time either here, or on
rec.arts.books.childrens.  It was pointed out that neglected or lonely
children are the perfect kind to feature in a fantasy story as they are not
going to have parents tagging along who they have to explain the magic to.

Thus avoiding something like one of my least ever favourite scenes in a book
in _Deep Wizardry_ where Nita tells here parents she is actually a powerful
wizard.  It just made me cringe!!


>-----Original Message-----
>From: M Elizabeth Parks [mailto:meparks at mtholyoke.edu]
>Sent: Wednesday, 24 January 2001 12:47
>To: dwj at suberic.net
>Subject: Lonely children
>Really, on thinking about it, an awful lot of kids' fantasy is 
>written about only or lonely children. Kind of target market for the 
>My children's lit prof had a spiel on this.  She says that so 
>many books
>are written about orphans because one of the young adolescent's biggest
>fears is being alone, esp. in the case of losing parents.  
>Thus you have
>both teh books about orphans who get along well on their 
>own--think Harry
>Potter--and the survival books, like Hatchet by Gary Paulsen which I
>never liked, which have kids surviving on their own in wilderness.  I
>think that if you think about it, most kids books--with teh possible
>exception of the baby sitters clubs type--is about kids being 
>on their own
>in someway--either because of an alienating physical or 
>persoanl trait or
>because they've lost their family or friends to something, be 
>it death or
>moving.  At the end of most books, they've found some way of 
>relating to
>the world again--and not just in fantasy.
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