A very interesting discussion has begun at Melanie’s blog in her review of Michael O’Brien’s “A Landscape with Dragons.” In discussing literature for children, O’Brien brings up the phenomenon that so many symbols that throughout Western civilization have been seen as evil are being portrayed in so much contemporary literature as good or even just neutral. Dragons are one example, he cites. Another might be the prevalence of “good” vampires or “good” witches and the like. If you’ll read the discussion that blog you’ll see that I’m not entirely convinced by what Melanie has told me of O’Brien’s argument (I haven’t read the book myself), but I do think he has some valid points.
The discussion continues in a second post as well.
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