Names, advice

Otter Perry ottertee at
Sat Mar 15 12:33:11 EST 2003

deborah wrote:
> On Fri, 14 Mar 2003, Margaret Ball wrote:
> |> It's particularly bad when you write for children... my 1980s teens
> |> should by now be in their 30s, so how can I pick them up at still 15?
> |> Either I have to set the story in the 80s - making it retro, if not
> |> exactly historical, or else drag them into the Noughties, where they,
> |> their attitudes and ideas don't fit...
> |
> |Take Antonia Forest's Marlow family for inspiration? Look what a time
> |span those books cover - if she'd been too literal the original
> |characters would've been grandparents by the end of the series!
> The best, in my opinion is the Mrs. Pollifax books.  The time span
> they're written over includes decades, the time span they take place
> over is probably 8-10 years, and events are always current.  So
> Carstairs was an OSS man during WWII, and is still a CIA head in a time
> that's very clearly about 2000 or 2001.  People just don't age
> particularly, which is impressive given that they're spy novels in a
> series which started while there was still a substantial iron curtain.

No, I think Agatha Christie is right up there.  Hercule Poirot was
already retired when he first appeared during WWI.
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