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Mon May 14 22:48:03 EDT 2007
Sally Odgers wrote:
> Elizabeth said:
> is Mark arguing that children's books don't need to be as intelligent,
> well-written, or non-stereotypical as adult books need be?
> I don't think so. I think he meant that stereotypes don't bother
> children as much because they have not experienced as many of them.
Good save! Thanks! Not really want I was saying, but I did think of
that while I was reading other posts. Children, as you say, must learn
their stereotypes at some point. :)
> only children, but adults who have read no fantasy since childhood and
> then approach HP or any other series tend to think it original because
> they have never encountered the source material.
As you say, by the time children are adolescent, they will have
encountered the cliches and learned their stereotypes (and -isms, e.g.,
racism). Adults, though, are notoriously unreliable, and have already
had time to forget a lot of it. :) I am one of those sad creatures of
which you speak. I am woefully underread [if that's a word].
Under-exposed to the classics, for instance. I did read a large bit of
the Odessey in high school, referring to your next point. I have
forgotten large swaths of it. It's been too long.
> A writing exercise I give my fantasy-writing clients includes writing
> down everything they "know" about a specific fantasy creature, and then
> writing down WHY they know it... i.e. mermaids sing sailors to their
> deaths - because that's what happens in the Odyssey. It's especially
> interesting with vampires and dragons, which have more than one trad.
I thought that was the Sirens, not mermaids. Or do mermaids do that too?
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