[DWJ] Horse fantasies

Gili Bar-Hillel gbhillel at netvision.net.il
Tue Jun 23 01:31:49 EDT 2009

I totally fell for the horses during my fourth grade year. I wonder if in
part this was because we were living in the USA that year and horses were
almost accessible. I took several horseback riding lessons during the
summer, including lessons in mucking out and cleaning hooves and such, and I
don't remember this dampening my enthusiasm one whit. But then the next year
in Israel it kinda wore off, and I wonder if that was because in Israel the
prospect of horseback riding lessons was completely out of the question and
because I had no peers who were into horses, or because I simply outgrew
them. I was also crazy about unicorns, starting at least in third grade, but
that too wore off. And I read all the horse books: "My Friend Flicka", "The
Black Stallion: series, "Born to Trot", something I reread several times
called "Black Penny" and countless others that all seem to blend into a haze
of general horsiness and misunderstood rural pre-adolescence.

ObDWJ: DWJ does not strike me as a particularly horsey kind of author. The
only horse I can think of is the one in "Fire and Hemlock" who is not half
as fleshed out as the car that succeeds him.

Oh, and: loved Labyrinth, was creeped out by David Bowie and disliked the
dream sequence.

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Elizabeth Parks
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Subject: Re: [DWJ] Horse fantasies

On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 10:35 PM, Jenny
Schwartzberg<schwartzbergj at newberry.org> wrote:

> I know there's a ton of girls' books with horses out there, but there were
also a lot of girls who never got into horses either.
> Jenny

True. . . but there are a lot of other books that are pretty much the
same as horse books, only without horses.  Anne McCaffrey's
Dragonriders of Pern, for example: in which a powerless and insecure
adolescent develops a Very Special Relationship with a powerful being
who, by choosing said adolescent to develop a Special Relationship
with, grants power to that adolescent and/or helps that adolescent
discover her (or his, in the Black Stallion, for example) own power.
I think it manifests in horses a lot because horses are kind of like
the Jonas Brothers: big but nonthreatening.

I still think that Twilight is a horse book :)

But then Howl and Sophie have some of that, as do quite a few romance
novels, so. . .

I always liked horses better in books than in real life, in part
because of the smell and in part because of the hard hat.  I would
have much preferred one of the dragons from Pern to a horse . . . or a
vampire.  But I would prefer Howl to all three ;)


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