December 11th, 2005

Illustmaker me

The "It's Not Real" rant

In the introduction to Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes--to my surprise, it is available here--he talks about belief and myth, and the weird things he was built to believe in as a kid. I highly recommend it, partly because he says some nice things about stories, but mostly because it's about the question of belief as it relates to fiction, which is something that's been taking a beating for quite a long time now. In JKR's interview this morning, she mentioned coming to America and seeing three TV shows in a row in which parents were told how to explain to children that such-and-such a story "isn't real." She's disturbed by this. So am I.

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Illustmaker me

Shades, Chapter Twelve: Interlude (3): Human, pt. 2

Okay. Where were we?

Remus decided that he should get the campers out of the area of the forest where the werewolves are, so he corralled a ranger (are they called rangers in the UK? The people who work in parks?) and told her he'd been attacked by wild dogs and had outrun them. She's unable to get back-up, so she's been instructed to have the campers leave. Remus is relieved about this, but unfortunately, Greyback followed him and knows what he did. He's dragged back to the gathering, where he isn't fed (except surreptitiously, by Alderman), and told that he'll be staying with the pups. The adults beat him and Greyback bites him again, leaving him pretty bloodied, and Greyback instructs them to take him to the pups' cave, and not let him clean up.

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