[Fwd: Bullying, DWJ, and Harry Potter...]

Rowland, Jennifer A B jennifer.rowland at imperial.ac.uk
Thu Jan 30 06:38:27 EST 2003


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ingrid Blythe Atkinson [mailto:ingrid-blythe at shaw.ca]
> I think that most of DWJ's children's titles involve bullying to some
extent.
> The only one I can think of that doesn't is "The Lives of Christopher
> Chant", and I'm sure someone will give me reasons it could be seen as
> such.

Well actually... no, it doesn't seem to be in there to me either.

> I don't think it's really "bullies are bad people" that you 
> can get from DWJ because that would not be her style. 

Yeah. Her bad people tend to be bullies among other "villain" attributes,
but you also see people who bully the protagonists (so you see the harm it
causes) and then change, like the Ogre or the son in Dogsbody. 
Jennifer
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