[DWJ] Ogre and back story

Judith Ridge judith.ridge at gmail.com
Sun Jan 22 18:04:41 EST 2012

On 23 January 2012 09:50, <jodel at aol.com> wrote:

> Magical toy shops are a trope that used to show up rather often, and still
> does from time to time. Quite often the shop shows up to kick off the
> story, and then no one can find it again, or not until the shouting is
> over. It's a fairly easy way to pitch the reader into the main story
> without having to spend a third of the book on buildup.
> In fact, if one stops to think about it, rather a lot of traditional
> stories would be next to incredible today if people actually raised their
> kids the way the prevailing attitudes of the times seem to believe kids
> ought to be raised. Kids simply aren't left unsupervised enough to be able
> to find the kind of gateways that traditionally led to the sort of
> adventures that kids in stories got up to. Regardless of whether the
> stories were fantasy, or so-called "real life".

Michael Chabon has written a marvellous essay on this very topic. It's
called The Wilderness of Childhood, and you can read it online, or it's in
a collection of essays called Manhood for Amateurs.

Here's a link to the essay: I'm sorry, but for some reason it was not
possible to make it a tiny url. It's found easily enough on a web search if
the link below is broken by the time it gets to you!




Judith Ridge
Western Sydney Young People's Literature Officer

Arts and Cultural Development
Blacktown City Council
PO Box 63
(62 Flushcombe Road)
Blacktown NSW 2148

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