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Monday, April 13, 2015

K = Kids in Literature

Today, I want to acknowledge kids in literature. Regardless of genre, the right child character, used just the right way, is effective at enhancing a storyline.

Few things are rarely as horrifying as a child; the epitome of vulnerability one moment and then the next, innocence corrupted to the point you have to wonder whether or not they were ever innocent at all. 

 Few narrators can better tell a story about right and wrong, life and death, fiction and reality, than a capricious child who hasn't yet allowed himself to understand the differences.

 Few ideas can spread hope like the story of an orphan naively clinging to courage, no matter its cost.

 And few characters are so eager to guide us on an adventure, as a curious child looking to have one of her own.

Here's to all the fictional children of the literary world, the ones who terrified us, taught us, inspired us, and led us.


Got a favorite literary child?

4 comments:

  1. One of my favorite examples of kids' mentality is Good Omens. The Antichrist is not evil. He just thinks of justice as a child would. :D It was masterfully done.

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    1. <3 You just named one of my favorites! That novel had so much going on!

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  2. The Velveteen Rabbit is one of my favorite books. All heart.

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    1. Aww... I don't know if i ever read that one, I know I saw an animated movie version of it when I was very young.

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