The Hunger Games Conundrum

            George Orwell and Aldous Huxley imagined two very different dystopias. In 1984 (1949), Orwell depicts the forces that held people captive as fundamentally external: coercion, espionage, laws, institutions, and threats, lies told by the powers-that-be (or, the state? government?). The vision of freedom that Orwell presents is primarily socio-political, with …

Article Review: “Ordinary Monstrosity: The World of Goosebumps” – Perry Nodelman

Article Citation: Nodelman, Perry. “Ordinary Monstrosity: The World of Goosebumps.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 22.3 (1997): 118-125. Print. I would argue that R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps are in their twilight years if not already absent from the reading shelves of current middle graders but just in case I am wrong and it is …

Disenchanting the Fairy Godmother: An exploration of the evolution of fairy godmothers in modern retellings of Cinderella

  In a tradition perpetuated by Cinderella and her ilk, little girls dreamed about being princesses, wearing beautiful clothes and being swept off their feet by charming princes. They prayed for fairy godmothers who would make wondrous magic and fulfill all desires, even ones that seem impossible. From pumpkins to …