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PC Madness -- writers watch out!
« on: February 13, 2012, 11:43:03 AM »
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9078489/Fairytales-too-scary-for-modern-children-say-parents.html   :o

An article in today's Daily Telegraph. >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
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Re: PC Madness -- writers watch out!
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2012, 11:57:55 AM »
Oh, for crying out loud :P
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2012, 12:04:38 PM »
Those of us raised on them must all be terribly, terribly damaged. How did we ever cope? :o
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2012, 12:18:45 PM »

But Pinocchio wearing pink thong underwear in Shrek was all right.  ::)  Entertaining for ADULTS but not a movie for children.

I devoured the books and the morals never left me.   It's no surprise today's parents want to trash the "harmful" stories.  

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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012, 12:25:54 PM »
Bunch of pantywaists.

*Parents imprisoned for psychologically torturing their children by reading Chicken Little. Film at five.
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2012, 12:26:20 PM »
If the fairy-tales of old are too scary for the children of today, it makes me wonder if those same children are ever allowed out of the house to see what's going on in the world. Are they allowed to watch the news with their parents? Or come to that, almost any other program on TV?

What will they experience when they begin school, exposed to other kids and the things that will be expected of them?
 
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2012, 12:28:41 PM »
I'm traumatised. ::) :o I can't believe this sheer stupidity. Rapunzel, Snow White and the three little pigs were three of my favourites. My brothers used to act out the stories for me as I was a devil to get to sleep. Hansel and Grettle was for when I was being a real pain in the A. They never gave me nightmares, in fact they banished my nightmares.

Even to this day I can remember my horrors as a child. Dreams of war and a story book I'd pinched from nursey and hidden under my bed. I never knew where the war dreams came from except as a kid we had to attend a few military events and I was scared the army was going to take my three brothers.  

The book one terrified me because I couldn't put it right. It stayed under my bed. I'd check and hoped it had disappeared but it was still there. Once asleep it would come to life and taunt me for being such a naughty girl. They only stopped when my mum found it and gave me a walloping for stealing. :-[  

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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2012, 12:47:11 PM »
Stories like that were good training to show little ones that tales could be exaggerations. After all, everyone knows  it takes more than one huff and puff by a talking wolf to blow a straw house apart and chase a pig wearing coveralls.
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2012, 12:59:12 PM »
Also a great way to get across important messages while still retaining a comfortable cotton wool childhood -- yes there are bad things out there [food for thought] but you're safe with mummy and daddy. Not everything is easy, you have to fight for stuff, think about your actions -- there are consequences . . . loads of subliminal stuff.
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Re: PC Madness -- writers watch out!
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2012, 02:26:09 PM »
My little ones love them, complete with the silly voices and over sized actions I use when reading them.

One of them calls the witch in Snow White a nasty piece of work:D

We live in a very soft world I guess.

Walk the streets of Sydney after dark and see if these stories don't become reality.  ;)
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2012, 02:34:50 PM »
Under the circumstances I'm surprised the telegraph let this bit through.

'However half of parents said traditional tales are more likely to have a strong moral message than a lot of modern kids' books, such as The Gruffalo, The Hungary Caterpillar and the Mr Men books.'

Are we discriminating against the caterpillar because he's a foreigner.?

I suspect the simple truth is that many modern parents don't tell read stories to their kids because they are:

a) too busy watching television

b) too busy claiming 'their time', so "shut up you little bleeder, I'm trying to have a fag"

c) can't read or can't be bothered to read

d) were never read to by their parents

e) think the kids get their heads filled with enough nonsense at school.

I have a horrible suspicion that 'a' is probably the main reason, whilst 'c' and d' are the real causes.

All the crap about bad examples is merely a parrot-like repetition of the pap dished out for people who can't or won't think for themselves.

Three resounding cheers for the 50% of parents who recognise the messages in traditional tales.

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Re: PC Madness -- writers watch out!
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2012, 02:39:25 PM »
I was raised on fairy-tales, I turned out ok




Depends on who you ask ;D ;D

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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2012, 02:50:46 PM »
If you stop and think about it, you can find plenty of moral or life lessons in all (or at least most) of the fairy tales.

Snow White trusted a stranger (the wicket Queen) and accepted an apple from her and could have died.

The Three Little Pigs: only one had enough sense to build a strong house, one the wolf couldn't blow down.

Little Red Riding Hood: Invaded someone's home, ate their food and slept in their bed. She paid for doing so in the end.

The list could go on and on.
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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2012, 04:14:39 PM »
So what is next: Aesop's Fables ??

I really have a tough time with the current PC attitudes, and that is one driving force for me writing....escape from that insanity and living my own insanity  ;)  :o
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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2012, 04:15:56 PM »
So what is next: Aesop's Fables ??

I really have a tough time with the current PC attitudes, and that is one driving force for me writing....escape from that insanity and living my own insanity  ;)  :o

Roger, that! ;)
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