Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Growing Up With Books

The way we view things changes so much as we get older…
Charlotte’s Web: Terrific, radiant, humble animals
Lord of the Flies: Evil oppressors of psychotic young Brits
Animal Farm: Human greed and cruelty incarnate
Rain Babies: What? No such thing. Babies come from dew drops, silly.
Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret: Sex is a thing. It is a part of growing up.
Modernism in general: Sex. Sex. Sexity sex sex. SEEEEEEX.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: …will probably inherit an enormous magical facility for making candy
Harry Potter: … will probably go to a magical school and grow up to save the world
Oliver Twist: … will probably fall in with a ragamuffin group of petty criminals headed by an abusive drunkard
Are You My Mother?: No cats.
The Princess Diaries: Cat is a pet. Unremarkable.
Harry Potter: Cats are pets. Unremarkable unless actually a wizard in disguise.
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats ( T.S. Eliot): Cats dance around and do magic tricks and participate in all kinds of crazy f***ery
Allegories for Christ
The Chronicles of Narnia: Jesus is a lion.
Maniac Magee: Jesus is a white kid.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Jesus is a Texan.
The Future
Ender’s Game: People use kids’ play for death
A Clockwork Orange: Kids use people’s death for play

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