Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Bad to the Bone: The Worst Children in Literature: Children can be innocent, inquisitive and the embodiment of hope.  But those characteristics make for boring stories.  Sometimes authors enjoy creating a fictional child that is just plain nasty. Draco Malfoy might be a bigot and a bully, but he’s rarely dull and is a vital ingredient in the Harry Potter novels. Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would not be such a tasty read without greedy Augustus Gloop, bratty Violet Beauregarde and the spoiled Veruca Salthttp.

6 comments:

Jerry House said...

Another list Mike Gonzo is not on.

Deb said...

Miles and Florrie from Henry James's TURN OF THE SCREW. And what about the children in J.G. Ballard's RUNNING WILD?

Deb said...

And a Florida-level melee: http://m.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/pbso-nearly-naked-woman-crashes-into-boyfriends-tr/nrw9x/

Bill Crider said...

We need better photos.

pattinase (abbott) said...

A good topic!

Deb said...

I completely forgot about Harriett in Beryl Bainbridge's HARRIETT SAID (a novel from the early 1970s based in part on the real-life murder later made famous by the movie "Heavenly Creatures").