DWJ resurgence

Elizabeth Crowe lizcrowe at juno.com
Mon Aug 4 00:50:43 EDT 2003


I was responding to DWJ's personal experience as a child who felt
unwanted rather than nurtured by her parents.  I'm assuming that the
numbers of children who are victims of neglect and abuse are on the rise.
 Maybe I'm wrong?
Elizabeth

On Sun, 3 Aug 2003 14:13:23 +0100 minnow at belfry.org.uk writes:
> Ven wrote:
> >Elizabeth wrote
> 
> >It seems to me that Jones's common
> >theme of children left to their own devices is 
> >even more applicable to
> >today's children than it was when the books were 
> >originally published.>
> >
> >I'm surprised you should say that. Here in the UK
> >its common to regard the age of freerange
> >children as long gone. Todays kids, goes the
> >reasoning, are driven everywhere in their parents
> >cars to prearranged activities, or spend their
> >time in their bedrooms with the wonders of modern
> >technology. They don't roam around the streets,
> >shops  and parks like, say, I did when I was
> >growing up, because of parental fears about
> >abduction (overhyped) and traffic (perhaps
> >justified).    
> 
> Wouldn't that lack of freedom and constant nannying
> make any child of spirit feel more attracted to an
> adult-free fussless story, rather than less so?
> 
> Wish-fulfilment would be the reason for the
> popularity, in that case.  Was that what you were
> getting at, maybe, Elizabeth?
> 
> Minnow
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