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April 06, 2008

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Bears

Bravo, Laura! I agree with the sentiments. A good many authors have tried to make a woman the main protagonist, ane some have succeeded, but I think publishers think boys won't read the books. Secret Garden and Wrinkle in Time come to mind, and several of the recent Newbery winners feature female main characters. I think DR. Seuss would be disappointed.

Sarah

I read it and loved it. Thanks for posting the follow-up from his blog - I hadn't seen that yet. And you're probably right about the ultimate outcome. ;-)

T

While I agree with Sagal in principle, I can't say the movie bothered me all that much in that regard. It is hard to take a movie with a such zany characters too seriously and to be honest, I spent more time trying to figure out how they made the kangaroo look like Carol Burnett. We definitely need more spotlight on heroines, though. Also, notice that the scientist in the film was female which was a nice change. I definitely agree with your ultimate outcome. ;)

Katie

Besides, the guinea pig-thing was definitely a better character than the son. She flew (and was creepy...). Also I noticed the girls all seemed to have acheivements, even if they weren't focused on. The focus on the son seems to be more of a "let the kid follow their own dreams" focus rather than a "the boy saves everything" focus.

Besides, like Mombear and Pabear said, girls are starting to win in children's literature. We're studying Kid Lit in my English class right now, and my teacher read us The Paper-bag Princess. Excellent stuff.

Laura

You know, I think girls are definitely starting to win in literature, and I wonder if that's because so many women are now writing it.

It would be interesting to know how many women are actually writing or directing or otherwise playing a real role in developing movies. I would bet that when women are as important to the development and production of a movie as they are to many books, we will finally see more girl protagonists.

Another thought -- I have heard before that many adults think boys will not go to see a movie/read a book/watch a tv show if a girl is the main character but that the reverse is not true. Fact or assumption??

Bears

IMHo it's a fact. It's hard to get a lot boys to read books anyhow unless they are about sports figures. But speaking of female protagonists, Nancy Drew has been around since the l920s. She originally drove a "roadster" and wore a cloche hat. Too bad the books were such potboilers. But I think they are all still available, which is remarkable in itself.

nell

Ah, Nancy Drew! I loved those books...She is still around in rather updated form, the girls read some of them. But the old stories were better.

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