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Description Reviews. Summary First Published in Reviews "Hintz and Ostry make an important contribution to the study of children's literature. Their excellent introductory survey is followed by ten critical essays that discuss the creation of imaginary worlds, their social organization, and the routes fictional characters must take to reach them. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers and faculty. Very well edited, its essays are complimentary, wide ranging, thought provoking, and all in all, a very fine contribution to studies of children's fiction generally, and to studies of childrens' fantasy and science fiction more specifically.

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Russ Kick. The Irresistible Fairy Tale. Jack Zipes. Tales of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal. The adult dystopia extrapolates from aspects of the present to show readers how terrible things will become if our deplorable behavior continues unchecked.

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The more utterly the protagonist is crushed, the more urgent and forceful the message. Yes, our errors and delusions may lead to catastrophe, but if—as usually happens in dystopian novels for children—a new, better way of life can be assembled from the ruins would the apocalypse really be such a bad thing? Miller writes that.


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  8. It operates like a fable or a myth, a story in which outlandish and extravagant figures and events serve as conduits for universal experiences. The Hunger Games themselves, for instance. They were instituted as punishment for a rebellion in which one region was destroyed. Yet, participation in the kill-or-be-killed contest is considered an honor.

    Miller explains the internal contradiction thus:. They lack that essential quality of the totalitarian spectacle: ideological coherence. Are the games a disciplinary measure or an extreme sporting event? A beauty pageant or an exercise in despotic terror?