Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What I'm reading now

It’s an age old theme, the hero against the villains, good vs. evil, but with a twist. In the literature of the Western world the protagonist (hero) has mostly been male. The role played by females was generally the damsel in distress who depended upon a male hero to slay the dragon for her. In modern American culture men are no longer heroes to women and now we have this story that has as the protagonist a young female who is competent and possesses the skills to slay her own dragons. I always wanted my own daughters to grow up as independent women and I think this is a good story for young girls. After all, boys have always had their own stories with strong male heroes to set an example for them. John Wayne movies always filled the bill for me. So, I think the modern young woman will find that this story strikes a chord within her psyche that feels right to her.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds good. I'm half way through "The Garner Files"

Steven said...

My granddaughter gave me the book awhile ago along with her strong recommendation. I read it and thought it was just right for her age level (12). And then she gave me the second book in the series...I was hooked. Now I've read all three of the books in the series and wish there were more!

Dawn said...

I enjoyed this whole series. I know they are written for adolescents, but I think some of the better writers are those who write for adolescents. If you like these books, you might like " the Uglies" series.

wally said...

I probably wouldn't have read this book because it was targeted for an adolescent audience, but it was being read by a book reading club I joined so I gave it a try. I was surprised at what a good story it was. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.

Lorna said...

I'm not a young woman and it struck chords with me.