“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C.S. Lewis
A great bunch of writers sat around the other day to talk about kids, fairy tales, and the place for children’s fantasy fiction in the modern world. Guests included Neil Gaiman, with whose works I’m not yet familiar; Tamora Pierce, whose books were once singularly spectacular because they gave female characters a strong place in the action; and Christopher Paolini, the homeschooled wunderkind who, at fifteen published the first of his two award-winning dragon novels. If you missed it, take a listen to an intriguing conversation on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.
Okay. I’m avoiding reading movie reviews of the Narnia film, but if you’re not, NPR also did a quick review on last week’s Morning Edition and there’s some good, I understand. Hmph. I won’t be convinced that easily.
Off to read the books!