Oct 10

Freaky Trigger And The Lollards Of Pop (Series 4, week 6)

Lollards Podcast3 comments • 415 views

Hazel Robinson hosts a discussion of children’s literature and morality tales from Struwwelpeter to Lemony Snicket. Mark Sinker lifts the lid on Victorian nonsense, Julia Heller suggests suitable reading for the “very advanced”, and Tom Ewing goes on a Beast Quest. Will our presenters make it through with thumbs intact? Tune in and find out.


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    Jack Fear on 26 Oct 2010 #

    That’s some rather elaborate colonnading for a private home. Where does this kid live, St. Peter’s basilica?

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    Jack Fear on 26 Oct 2010 #

    Also I think your panel is rather hard on A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, which is indeed a continuing series, rather than stand-alones, and the narrative, IMHO, must be considered as a whole. As the series progresses, the goodness of the children becomes increasingly less effortless, and the morality gets very murky indeed — until by the end they are allowing a hospital full of innocent persons burn to the ground to save their own skins; and all the while the kids (and the readers!) are uncomfortably aware of all the terrible compromises they’ve made, and all the hurt they’ve caused by their actions and inactions. Not for nothing is Book Ten entitled THE SLIPPERY SLOPE.

    The series has its roots in pastiche, and there’s have quite a bit of metafictive tomfoolery, but it’s more than merely glib; there is genuine rue and genuine wisdom to be found, by the end.

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