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Robert McCarty
I'm writing books for dog lovers and children.
Interests: Friendship and family, books, , travel, films, dogs, peace, soccer, learning, joy and laughter...
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Amidst eons of uncertainty, tales were passed on that reflected many facets of the world, from the adventures of poor peasants, to the dilemmas of Royal ladies of the Court. They were fueled by imagination. They dealt with poverty, fear, and brutality. They satirized the powerful, amused listeners, and usually gave hope. Continue reading
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Actually, adult readers had been finding and reading wonder tales and fantasy since Gulliver landed in the land of the Lilliputians -- if not before. Continue reading
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A storm and a shipwreck were transit vehicles for Jonathan Swift in the same way that C.S. Lewis used a wardrobe to take children to Narnia; or that Lewis Carroll had Alice going down the Rabbit hole to Wonderland, or, more recently, Neil Gaiman's character, Door, in Neverwhere who was the very embodiment of a transit point.They were all transit phenomena that took characters in stories to an alternate reality, a world of fantasy. . . Continue reading
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"Fantasy is a different approach to reality, an alternative technique for apprehending and coping with existence. It is not antirational, but pararational; not realistic but surrealistic, a heightening of reality.. . Ursula Le Guin Continue reading
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Difficult challenges and trials, even those that come at a tender young age, can make us wiser, stronger, and braver; they can serve to transform us, rather than sending us limping into the future. Terri Windling Continue reading
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How did people endure, for centuries, the dark times of plague, famine, drought and war? Life was short and often brutal. Courage, endurance, and using your wits could mean the difference between life and death. Wonder tales were often tales of becoming, tales of overcoming the great hardships of life, even under dangerous circumstances. Continue reading
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Wonder Tales brought fantasy to the world and over time opened doors of the imagination for children. Books followed the books. Imagination and the mysteries of existence opened adult's minds even more. Continue reading
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I have mixed feeling about witches. I have compassion for the witches of the past -- from Joan of Arc to Salem and beyond -- who have been brutalised and suffered. I have mixed feelings about miracle working saints and relics. I have found the witches in Macbeth and the Wicked Witch of the West foreboding. I like the witches of Phillip Pullman and Glinda the Good Witch of Oz. I respect true healers of many kinds,.past and present. Researching and reading about witches today has been filled with new awareness of the fear and misogny behind the perception and treatment of withches. Continue reading
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Wonder tales are forever changing, reflections of the times, the culture, and the teller of the tale. Continue reading
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Fantasy lives in the imagination. Fantasy is not limited by time or place. It is limited only by the mind of the individual, young or old.. Fantasy opens the mind to possibilities, to discovery, to hope. Continue reading
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A Christmas Carol was the catalyst for the holiday season that we observe and celebrate today. This is a ghost story, a story of poverty, suffering, fear and redemption -- an unlikely sounding mix -- that comes together in a book that has touched people since it first appeared. Continue reading
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"But instead of a dream that functions in the individual psyche, the fairy tale seems to function for an entire culture. It is effectively a collective fantasy. As it is told and retold, elements of the story added by the individual teller fall away, like sifted sand, while the more universal themes remain, so it becomes valid for the group of people (the listeners) in general." Excepted from a lecture on Snow White by Nancy van-den Berg-Cook. Link: The Magic Mirror in Snow White Continue reading
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During the time (Reconstruction) when Louisa May Alcott (1832-88) wrote Little Women (1868), America was recovering from the darkness and pain of the Civil War. . .Little Women has touched vast numbers of people, and as the posts below confirm, in many ways, it was a book of depth and ahead of the times. Alcott was a gifted writer with the ability to move her readers. Continue reading
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In our era, the reinterpretation of wonder tales and legends has taken many forms, from rewritng the original story, to creating in an entirely different medium -- theater music, dance, film, video, photography, painting and scupture. The results are often quite extraordinary.Wonder tales are alive in many forms. Continue reading
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"The idea of linguistic nonsense takes hold as a force in children's literature in the mid nineteenth century and never seems to let go. . . the idea of nonsense as a force of the imagination, of nonsense as a challenge to the logic of adulthood and the laws of civil life .. that was a new idea in Victorian England. The masters of that nonsense were, of course, Lewis Carroll and Edmund Lear." Seth Lerer Continue reading
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Fantasy and imagination push boundaries in content, style, and impact. Tales are reinvented. They move into new media -- music, theater, film, dance.There are no limits to the creative mind. Every day reality is enhanced. The line between young and old is crossed. Continue reading
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n the final years of Victoria’s reign, however, a writer appeared who was to challenge this pattern so energetically and with such success that it makes sense now to speak of juvenile literature as before and after E. Nesbit. (Alison Lurie) Continue reading
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"By entering the world of fantasy and imagination, children and adults secure for themselves a safe space where fears can be confronted, mastered, and banished. Beyond that the real magic of the fairy tale lies in its ability to extract pleasure from pain. In bringing to life the dark figures of our imagination as ogres, witches, cannibals, and giants, fairy tails may stir up dread, but in the end they always supply the pleasure of seeing it vanquished." Maria Tatar Continue reading
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The forest offers an antithesis to the town. In ancient times when Europe was greatly covered by woodland, the forest represented the boundary of civilization. The forest was literally a wild place, the village or town merely a place where man had cleared a settlement. There were many who found refuge in the forest, not just criminals, and those in exile, but shamans, holy men and women, poets, freethinkers and of course trolls, elves and fairies.-- Bruno Betlelheim Continue reading
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American Gods was a turning point book, a game changer. It sold over a over a million copies and swept major book awards (Nebula, Locus, Hugo and more).It has been translated into 22 languages. Gaiman had touched a nerve with readers and continues to do so today. Continue reading