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Banned – it’s worthless word

Reading the latest news on fairy tale land, a.k.a list of books that are banned for one reason or the other. I am amazed how fast grownups judge children’s books by one event in their life.

 Here are few reasons why those children’s books were removed:

 …It allegedly undermines religious beliefs
Fairy tails always undermine the religious beliefs! Because they are about moral norms! They adapt through time and culture and this is what makes them so good to teach morals. They are suppose to make you think if you would take the same action as the hero or heroin did. Every book out there that isn’t Bible will undermine Christian beliefs, because it gives you new perspective. Same goes for Quran or Hindu’ holy text or on any other holy text out there. That’s what’s suppose to show you “how bad the rest of the world is and how good it is that you chose to follow your path” or “wow! Amazing what the writer has come up with! How different point of view!”. I just find it offensive how people try to get books banned on bases of religion.

 

…Due to its excessive violence, negative portrayals of female characters, and anti-Semitic references
From this I see that people are not aware of the interesting side of the fairy tales – most of them take place few centuries back. Though I do like the modern stories just as well. That negative portrayals of female characters is one of my favorites here. After reading interesting book called “Moulding the Female Body in Victorian Fairy Tales and Sensation Novels”  (I suggest it if you find it in the library or don’t mind the salty price), I realized that it was the uneasy feeling the tails give you that play the main role, not the offensiveness itself. For example the original Beauty and the Beast story, there is one line that makes me freak every time I read it: “I shall go willingly and will be happy, because I can show through this how much I love you, father.” This meant I really disliked the character until I realized that if in 1740s, when the story came out, it probably sounded sincere and thus had a meaning that nowadays acts like a warning – you don’t want to be her if she acts like that. It’s foolish. Times were like they were when Andersen wrote his stories and he expressed the truth. The way things were – chilling and uninviting. To rise it to our standards today and start yelling something on feminism is so wrong it just IS wrong. Take it as a reality check – if you recognize through these yourself, it’s time to act and rid yourself from the problem or suffer like they did. I took Andersen’s fairy tales up each time I wanted to cry.

 …It teaches children that it is acceptable to kill witches and paints witches as child-eating monsters
Hansel and Gretel. Long story short- ummm…. Nobody is bothered that the witch was a cannibal? But it bothers that it teaches your child that if you are in rough, then do something about it? I do agree with depicting witches wrong, but come on – there has to be a bad force in the story or there is no story!

 …Due to themes of witchcraft, wizardry, cults, Satanism, death, hate and dark content
Harry Potter! I have only one thing to say. It.Is.A.Story.

 …It was “pornographic” and contained “satanic pictures.”
I thought long and hard where in Little Mermaid is this satanic picture it refers to? Pornographic? Only to those, who don’t dare to see themselves in the mirror. But satanic? She turns into angel in the end and she stays truthful to what she loves. Am I missing something here?

…The book was violent because of the actions of the wolf … The teacher questioned the appropriateness of the little girl taking wine to her grandmother and her grandmother later drinking the wine.
With Little Red Riding Hood… Everybody is concerned that the big bad wolf eats the people, but nobody cries out to the wolf: “Don’t talk to that girl! They’ll cut you up, fill you with stones and toss you in the well!” I don’t know which was worse – that he ate them or what they did to him after it.
I’m not even adressing the second part of this allegation as I just don’t see the point. If every book out there would be banned where children carry alcohol for one reason or the other, we would have very tiny book shelves. In Tom Soyer they even got drunk!

At some point it was very popular to give the fairy tales some life based meaning. So it was that Red Riding Hood was suppose to be a story told by women to their daughters, who just hit puberty, to warn them of horrors what will follow if they talk to strangers. 

Oh I know how to ruin fairy tales for grownups so bad they think twice before telling the story again. Yet I adore them each time more after I’ve read another scientist’ research on what they could mean. A whole new world grows out, I can say that much, a whole new perspective.

 Even more I urge you read every one of those books and fairy tales that are “banned” because somebody found them offensive. Learn what they are and why they are written the way they were and find out why they were banned. It’s worthless word.

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Beginnings

I’m reading Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell right now and I just finished the chapter on Beginnings.

 

The weather was so damp of heat it filled my lungs with water. I could feel it bubbling in my lungs and it made me cough.

Typical of me – to catch a cough at midsummer. Maddy looked at me with concerne, but I explained I swallowed a fly. They didn’t have to know the cough hadn’t left me since I had pneumonia in February. It always brings up the ugly topic of returning to doctors, who think it’s psychological rather than physical.

I kept reading my book, knowingly flipping the pages. Perhaps too often, but my mood was ruined. The crickets kept singing and the wheezing sensation in my lungs grew. I knew I had to go inside as soon as possible or I’ll be coughing the whole upcoming week.

“I’ll make some tea,” I searched for an excuse, “you want one?”

“Darling, it’s 37 degrees out here! Who would want hot tea?”

I was already up from my bolstered pillows, eager to leave.

“I would,” I said, “just felt like having one. Black, with lemon.” I sensed cough come up, but forced it down. “And a tint of sugar while I’m at it.”

She laughed like the wind we were missing so much, soft and clear. “In that case, darling, make me a cup, too.”

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What to do if your idea is asking for a lawsuit?

I am now part of the Merry Go Round Blog Tour! I am the 20th on the line so all I can hope for is you have enough patience to reach my blog.

 But today’s topic itself for me would be – what to do when your idea is surprisingly similar to some already existing story or show or movie or series?

Last time I faced this problem was, when I wished to create a secret serial killer service. I spent 3 long days on building flesh on the bones, when I decided to see what has existed in real life and started strolling around in the Wikipedia for ideas. “This looks similar,” I noted soon, “and this here,” I felt better – meaning I wasn’t very far from reality, which was good – “and this one!” and I got slightly worried. Then I reached Mossad. Thank you, fine! Good bye my so caringly built idea!

Now, over a year later I face the same issue. With my sanctuary idea. This time I believed I had done the research and found out all the possible similar ideas out there. And yet, when I inserted the search term, I winded up on a page that described the same idea. I knew it wasn’t original or anything, but to find something that’s like one-on-one, it still comes as a shock.

But I’m not willing to put it aside again.

What can I do to make it less likely to lawsuit? Or to have less similar lines to the show?

I guess I first need to determine exactly what I’m planning.

Secondly, refocus my impact character.

Thirdly, change the reasons and whatnot why the sanctuary is built.

 

I know this looks like an odd post, but I’m slightly off today, watching my idea get volcano ripping it in two.

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Kui mitu korda…

Kirjutamine on üllatavalt reeglitepärane kui seda lähemalt tundma õppida. Erinevalt elu poolt pakutud põnevikest on enamus lugudel siiski kõik osapooled olemas, samas kui elule meeldib alati midagi välja jätta. Näiteks hea lõpp pikale draamale või ei näe sa mõistuslikult põhjuseid, mis kedagi ajendavad.

Nagu sellele ootamatu jutupauniku omi, mis mu elu üllatavalt ruttu üllatavalt segamini lõi. Aga see saab kohevarsti lõpu peale, sest viimane jutu allikas võttis mu tummaks. Mitte jutt ise – see on nagu vana suss juba, mida mälestuste pärast ära ei taheta visata, kui see, kelle käest ma seda kuulsin.

Kirjutamine ise aga läheb päris lõbusalt. Kui mitu korda ühte ja sama lugu ümber annab jutustada on omamoodi kui uue maailma avastamine, kus on plastikust nupukesed ja mida sa saad ringi tõsta. Täna oli esimene öö üle pika nädalate rodu, mille jooksul ma oma jutuga tööd pole teinud. Aga ma olen väga rahul, sest selle protsessi juures oli üks punkt, millele ma pole ligi kolm aastat pihta saanud ja korraga selle mõte koitis. Kuidas küsida õigeid küsimusi.

Kuna ma otsustasin ajule täna puhkust anda, hakkasin hoopis raamatut lugema. Võtsin ette Patricia Briggs’i Mercy Thompsoni seeriad. Ma pole kunagi väga tugev libaolendite fänn olnud kui asi puudutab kirjandust. Neid lugusid võib kahe käe sõrmedel kokku lugeda, mis olid meeldejätmiseks väga head. Aga vot see kirjutaja meeldib. Ma lugesin esimesed 10 lehekülge läbi ja uni oli läinud. Põnev oli ja kohe nii, et lõpetasin 100ndal leheküljel enne kui oli aeg minna uue ringi peale. Järgmised 150 jäävad siis järgmiseks korraks.

Kuna mulle ei anna asu teadmine, et ma loen eesti keeles kohutavalt vähe, siis käisin eile antikvariaatides armastusromaanide jahil. Tulemuseks oli “Pantrikuru vangid” (mis on lastehaiglast nii meelde jäänud lugu, et võtab siiani mõistuse vahedaks ja millest ma lihtsalt ei suutnud enam ringiga mööda minna), teadmisega, et tegelikult pole ma üle aastate armastuse vallas nii vähe lugenudki kui ma arvasin. Väga hea tunne tekkis kohe. Kahjuks kippus põue kohe kahtlus, et uskumatult vähe antakse välja… Pole midagi – täiendame rõõmuga seda rida 🙂

Cartland välja arvatud muidugi, sest seda ma leidsin raamatukogust mitu mitu riiuli täit. Ihukarvad tõusid püsti nähes kui palju see naine suutis kirjutada! Kohe olen fänn.  See fänlus oli küll lühikese elueaga kui ma ühe neist koju võtsin, töö juures seda õhukest jutukest õhinal lugema hakkasin ja kaotasin kuuekünenda lehekülje juures kannatuse, sest meespoolt suhtes polnud veel tutvustatudki! Olin nii pettunud, et viskasin raamatu kõrge kaarega endast kaugemale. Otse üle kirjandusmuuseumis töötava professori. Millal see mees sinna ilmus, ei tea, aga mu süda jäi seisma küll. Olen erinevate pattudega hakkama saanud, aga midagi sellist ei tuleks mul pähegi. Too korjas viisakalt raamatu üles, luges pealkirja ja kirjaniku üle ja ulatas muiates raamatu mulle tagasi: “Ah et nii kehva kohe.”
Oli küll.
Väga kehva oli. Pinget keris jah üles, kuid peategelasest jäi mulje kui kõrgist kõrgema klassi snoobist, kes uudishimutseb mehe järele, keda ta enne kohanudki ei ole. Et ta usub kohe algusest, et mees on süütu kõikides sotsiaalsetes kuritegudes, milles teda süüdistatakse ja kogu jutus ei pea mees talle nagu midagi tõestama. Ehk on tal teisi ja paremaid lugusid, aga see oli esimeseks tutvumiseks Cartlandiga väga kehva valik.

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