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Jan. 29th, 2010 | 06:45 pm



This picture/diagram is the visual representation of my heart in regards to children's fantasy. Like, whose idea was it to push the idea that people who have gone through trauma, deaths and adventures can be put back into their ‘normal’ lives without any problems. Oh, wait, Narnia and Alice in Wonderland, of course.

The picture is awesome, and is one of the reasons why as a child I HATED Narnia and any other forms of fiction that insisted on putting children back into their own world, expecting them to be happy, to be appreciative after an adventure of life and death. Yeah, did not sit well with me as a 9-yr-old, and definitely did not sit well with me as an adult. As far as I’m concerned it is one of the cruelest children’s’ fantasy tropes, ever.

Want to watch Percy Jackson, please let it not be condescending.

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Elizabeth McCoy

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from: archangelbeth
date: Jan. 29th, 2010 10:20 am (UTC)
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If Percy Jackson is anything like the books, it will not be condescending. (Series has a boy protagonist, but the girls include a large number of Awesome Girls in their ranks. Eeeeexcellent.)

Have you heard Seanan McGuire's "Wicked Girls" song? Youtube has at least two performances. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wicked+girls+seanan+mcguire

I think you would like.

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witty, somehow

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from: naanima
date: Jan. 29th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
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Thank the gods! The preview just looks so good.

Also, EEEEEEEEEEEEEE! OMFG! NEED TO REWATCH!!!

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Elizabeth McCoy

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from: archangelbeth
date: Jan. 29th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
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You hadn't encountered Seanan McGuire's work before? Might I offer seanan_mcguire.livejournal.com and seananmcguire.com (where you can find ways of ordering her CDs)?

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Epeeblade

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from: epeeblade
date: Jan. 29th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
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I agree completely. When I finished the "Dark is Rising" sequence I was so annoyed the kids forgot everything about what had happened to them. But I guess that was better than them remembering and have to be back in the real world after.

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witty, somehow

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from: naanima
date: Jan. 29th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
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OMG! I was like, good series, and then the end was like, WHY?! BRAN!!!! WHY?!!!

I was very annoyed. I don't understand this need by authors to make children -choose- normal, like somehow it is better, that all the bad things that happened to the children can be hand waved away.

What made the Dark is Rising sequence worse for me is that I HATE amnesia fics/fiction. Gods I was so VERY angry.

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Epeeblade

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from: epeeblade
date: Jan. 29th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
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I *think* it's all supposed to be a metaphor for growing up and leaving the things of childhood behind, but, really screw that!

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witty, somehow

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from: naanima
date: Jan. 29th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
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As if people need to grow up. Hell, most people only pretend to be adults anyway. Ending was so ANNOYING!!!!

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