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255RE: [eldil] Fantasy literature

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  • Ann Ahnemann
    Jul 7, 2011

      Atlas Shrugged?!  Change how?  Nightmares?  And I don't think the average 14 year-old would have a clue.

      Parents no longer start with the classic children's fantasy stories.  So there seems to be little background

      for judging the good and the unhelpful.  Narnia?  Most of my SS class kids never heard of it until the

      movies.  And of course the movies don't do justice to the moral aspects of the books.  Same for Tolkien.



      From: eldil@yahoogroups.com [mailto:eldil@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Steve Hayes
      Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2011 1:12 AM
      To: eldil@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [eldil] Fantasy literature



      There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The
      Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often
      engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an
      emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the
      real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

      I saw that on Jeffrey Turner's sig in the alt.usage.english newsgroup. I
      don't know if it was original with him, or an unattributed quotation from
      someone else, but I liked it, so I thought I'd put it here.

      Steve Hayes
      E-mail: shayes@...
      Web: http://hayesfam.bravehost.com/litmain.htm

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