‘The Abuse of Fantasy’ (2015)

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Remember those “Spirit Animals” fantasies, from Scholastic Books? If you don’t, I do. I had to review them. Reading them was like a root canal gone wrong.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/01/30/the-abuse-of-fantasy/

Fantasy is a powerful tool for communicating the intangible, especially to children. As a fantasy writer myself, using fantasy to serve an evil purpose is something that makes me quite truly angry. But it should always make you mad to see something good twisted into bad.

We see a lot of that, these days.

‘Scholastic Seduction: the Spirit Animals Series’ (Chalcedon Magazine, 2015)

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You can always trust Scholastic Books to tempt young readers away from God. Just show a lot of kids in a fantasy world who have super-powers and fantastic martial arts skills, and are at the same time really “spiritual,” and you’re good to go.

I reviewed a couple of these “Spirit Animals” books in 2015. It would be a very good idea to find something else for your children and grandchildren to read.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/scholastic-seduction-the-spirit-animals-series

This is culture rot, perpetrated by the publishers of Scholastic Books. And it’s not nice.

‘Dumb Culture, Dumb Schools, Dumb People’ (2015)

What the Left has done to our culture, in its decades of dominance, shouldn’t be done to termites.

They keep wanting to blame the guns for all the crime and violence. But it’s the corrupted character that pulls the trigger. They have debauched our nation’s character, preaching good for evil and evil for good.

And on top of all that, they make you stupid!

https://leeduigon.com/2015/02/26/dumb-culture-dumb-schools-dumb-people/

The New Harry Potter…Uh, Book?

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How many people have bought this, thinking it was a new Harry Potter novel written by J.K. Rowling?

Well, never mind her name on the cover–the fine print says “based on an original new story by.” Based on.

So it wasn’t written by Rowling, and it’s not a novel, but a script for a play.

If you open the book, you can immediately see the difference between a novel and a script for a play: the play has much, much more white space showing, way fewer words on a page than the novel. Sof when you buy this, you are paying for a fair amount of paper with nothing printed on it.

Scholastic Books–not my favorite outfit–hoped to make huge amounts of money on this caper, and apparently they have. If you feel exploited and ripped-off after you pay for the book, it still counts as a sale and Scholastic has still got your money.

Is it these readers’ own fault for not examining the cover more attentively? I suppose you could say it is.

But it’s not nice to take advantage of people.

Humor: Letting the Cat *into* the Bag

My cats can’t resist doing this to themselves, although they never, never seem pleased with the result.

I would say this cat had a purpose in walking around with a paper bag over his head, but I can’t imagine what it could have been.

Maybe he writes for Scholastic Books.

Feminists Fricassee Cinderella

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I missed this when it was fresh news last year, but it seems a new Cinderella movie rubbed feminists the wrong way ( https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/cinderella-sparks-backlash-after-returning-to-113883671942.html?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma ).

“Cinderella” is a fairy tale from hundreds of years ago. Today it has the potential to wreak psychic havoc on the minds of little girls, according to a “feminist psychotherapist.” Hey, after you’ve listened to some feminist music for a while, you may want to get into a bit of psychotherapy: but by all means, only feminist psychotherapy. Whatever that is. Just make sure you hop aboard before it turns back into a pumpkin.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=feminist+music%2c+the+funniest+thing+ever&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=15B72113A4CBDC555A9015B72113A4CBDC555A90

Because nobody was right about anything until around 1990, it’s necessary to cut off the human race from its history. Only let people see and read the things feminists, “gay” activists, gender coaches, and academics think they should be able to see and read.

As we learn from modern fairy tales, such as Scholastic Books’ Spirit Animals series, the right way to present life to little girls is to show an 11-year-old super-girl beating the daylights out of grown men, or even killing them. This is much more healthy, psychologically. It will do much to prepare girls for real life.

And after a few feminist fairy tales, a few hours of feminist music, and maybe a session or two of feminist psychotherapy, the victim goes out to the movies to see 50 Shades of Grey.

There’s a lesson in that somewhere. I’m sure there is.

Not Only Dumb, but Evil

In describing some of the Young Readers fiction I’ve been reading lately, I’ve concentrated on its penchant for literary malpractice. The writers and editors seem to be purposely trying to stunt the readers’ mental growth.

But they’re also throwing poison darts at moral growth.

It’s not just that they have characters inhabiting exotic, imaginary worlds talk like not-very-bright middle school kids who watch too many cartoons. It goes way beyond that.

Granted, if you want to write about the daring adventures of a character who’s 12 years old, you’ll have to find a way to get him out from under the direct supervision of his parents. No parent in his right mind consents to his child being involved in life-threatening adventures.

But in these books–again we resort to Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series by Scholastic Books–adults are not just inconvenient. They’re selfish and cruel, and a menace to their own children. So the juvenile dragons, because every adult dragon’s hand is raised against them, can only look to their age-group peers for love and loyalty. “Don’t trust anyone over 30” has metastasized into “don’t trust anyone over 13.” Even their own parents are perfectly happy to sell them for a cow or two, and the daughters of dragon queens are expected to kill their mothers: it’s the only way a dragon tribe can get a new queen.

In Scholastic’s Spirit Animals series, assorted authors depict an 11-year-old girl using the inevitable jumpin’, spinnin’ kicks to beat up and sometimes even kill adult bad guys. The kids in these books are always coming to blows with adults. Again, grownups are basically bad and you just can’t trust them. Only the kids in your public school class will be true to you.

Gee, that ain’t the way I remember childhood.

These books are important because they are part of the Godless, Christless, hubris-laden pop culture that gets poured into our heads every day. Children are highly susceptible to it. This bilge helps shape a person’s character. It gets mixed into his foundation.

We need to start paying closer attention to what our culture is teaching us. Adults and children both.

Dumb Culture, Dumb Schools, Dumb People

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If you can’t keep up the culture, you can’t keep anything. You can’t have a republic of dummies. Know-nothings are not able to maintain a modern economy.

But Scholastic Books seems intent on applying the art of bonsai to the human mind. The bonsai artist creates little tiny trees. The cultural bonsai artist creates little tiny minds.

You know you’re getting there when adult crossword puzzles have to be taken off the market because nobody out there is able to do them.

I’ve been reading the first two books in Scholastic’s Wings of Fire series. These fantasy novels, pitched to Young Readers, are all about dragons. Dragons are, we would think, very different from human beings. But the dragons in these books say things like:

“Ew, that’s gross!” “Awwwwww, how cute!” “You guys.” A sadistic monster character is described as “mean.” And here’s an immortal line of dialogue from Book #2, The Lost Heir: “Would you like me to spell out ‘DRAGONETS WUZ HERE’ in giant rocks?”

WUZ? In all caps? Say it ain’t so. Any moment now, I’m going to wake up and find out none of this has happened, it was just a bad dream… Nope, the book’s still there in front of me. Still packed to the brim with stupid, cliche-choked dialogue guaranteed to keep a child’s mind perpetually locked into its 11th year, unable to grow, unable to develop. A mind subjected to the art of cultural bonsai.

And it goes on for as long as its victims live. The dumbing-down of this generation never stops. Whether it’s high schools handing out diplomas to students who can barely sign their own names, or colleges sucking up five or six years’ worth of tuition to give poor, debt-saddled “graduates” degrees in thumb-sucking, Star Wars Studies, Women’s Studies, or Licking Chalk off the Blackboard, our pop culture and our schools never stop binding the roots, pruning back the branches, stunting the trunk–to produce adults who think like 11-year-olds, support Obama, and can’t do crossword puzzles because they’re just too hard.

People who watch the Kardashians.

God help us. Deliver us. Save us.