[DWJ] Mermaids^Wmer-people (was HP)
minnow at belfry.org.uk
Tue May 15 07:41:33 EDT 2007
>> 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?
>Sally Odgers wrote:
>> 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.
and Mark A expressed relief:
>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. :)
if only so they can avoid or discount them.
>> 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?
They all do; it's what water-dwellers *do* even if they are lorelei really
and living in a pine-wood on a rock on the Rhine. Mermaids have
a-comb-and-a-glass-in-their-hand (dipso types that they are! I thought when
singing that as a child) and leap from the water to clasp pore sailors
round the neck and drag them to a watery doom. (Presumably at that point
they abandon their props, or swiftly secrete them in a small bag hanging
round their necks.) The moral of which is, don't lean over the side just
because someone is singing in the water: fling a life-belt at her head and
carry on with your inboard duties regardless. I'm sure that's part of the
basic training at Dartmouth.
Minnow (who doesn't sing, as a rule)
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