Posted by Prue Eckett on March 19, 2004 at 06:30:21 from 184.108.40.206 user PrueEckett.
In Reply to: Praise from the past posted by Alan Hakim on March 18, 2004 at 18:53:32:
If the 'Tripods' he is referring to was the televised version of John Christopher's fascinating trilogy of books, then its a real pity because the series, in my opinion was very well done. No, it wasn't the 'cosyness' of many distinguished children's authors, but not all children like those either.
A recent biography of a popular children's author of the fifties onwards, said she and her sisters dismissed Ransome because they felt the adventures weren't 'adventurous' and the children never argued or fought. The naval discipline imposed by John struck her as unreal, as most children, sooner or later, get tired of being 'bossed around' by older children.And all the children were so serious. No giggling or fooling around the way most children do.
While I love the S&A's, I certainly see her point, as apart from some minor bickering between Nancy and Peggy, sweet agreement seems to be the rule. In reality, the child that doesn't argue at some point with his/her siblings, doesn't exist!
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