A Psychiatric Study of Fairy Tales [Review]

A Psychiatric Study of Fairy Tales [Review]

Dr. Heuschler's stated goal for this book was to "stimulate interest and develop the ability of the reader to recognize additional, ever new, significant treasures contained in these almost innumerable stories..."  Did he reach his goal?

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Why authors and filmmakers have a responsibility to their young audience

Why authors and filmmakers have a responsibility to their young audience

During my extended ventures into YA territory to help my kids find good books, I've noticed how many obscenities, profanities, and sexual situations are present in bestselling books marketed to the age 9+ demographic. I must concur with this article in TIME magazine that many YA novels would be rated R if they were movies instead of books.

Brigham Young University professor Sarah Coyne and her colleagues analyzed profanity use in 40 teen novels on the New York Times’ best-seller list of children’s books published in 2008. All the books reviewed targeted children age 9 or older--
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Themes in post-apocalyptic fiction

Themes in post-apocalyptic fiction

Post-apocalyptic fiction is a twist on the survival-against-all-odds story. We can look back as far as Homer's Odyssey to see themes of courage, creativity, and endurance in the face of epic disaster and brutal challenges.  Post-apocalyptic stories are full of explorations into questions of morality, ethics, and what it means to be human.

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What is a high concept premise?

What is a high concept premise?

High concept doesn't speak to whether a story is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, or boring vs. interesting--it’s the approach and characteristics of the story the writer has chosen to tell.

QUIZ: see if you recognize these high concept stories:

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Do I Dare Disturb the Universe by Madeleine L'Engle [Review]

Do I Dare Disturb the Universe by Madeleine L'Engle [Review]

When I saw the ebook Do I Dare Disturb the Universe by Madeleine L'Engle on Amazon.com, I had to have it.  It contains the text of a speech Madeleine L'Engle gave about different types of censorship and the responsibility of writers of children's literature to ask good questions and be faithful to the truth of things.

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Analyzing literature from a Christian perspective

Analyzing literature from a Christian perspective

As Christians who endeavor to apply biblical principles to every facet of life, I think we sometimes err greatly when it comes to choosing literature on page and screen for our children:

We use faulty methods of literary criticism—permissivism, exclusivism, pragmatism, naïveté, and the postmodernist tendency to declare everything relative. Worst of all, these attitudes represent a lost opportunity to parent.

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Books About Books and Reading

Books About Books and Reading

Some of my friends occasionally make fun of me when I read books about books and reading. Folks get a strange look on their face when they see you immersed in How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler, as if perhaps Allen Funt is lurking nearby.

However, if you want to add richness and depth to your reading life, as well as your child's, books about books and reading are a great place to gather ideas and insight.

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