File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 185


Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 10:18:53 -0700
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Talking Animals


>Animals can't talk? Pshaw! I suppose next they'll say goldfish can't 
>swim through hoops!
>
>Has the guy ever heard of Wind In the Willows? or Native American 
>and African trickster stories? Or Aesop?

Well, the problem is that most animals haven't been to school, so 
they're likely to pee on the rug, eat one another, do unmentionable 
things in public, and even use bad grammar.  Granted that humans do 
even worse, but we can cut ourselves some slack because we have a lot 
on our minds.  Those old stories were from days when there were 
stronger moral values in the world and animals knew their place. 
Since then it's all gone to hell in a handbasket, and you can't 
expect animals to be good role models for us.  Plus, you want your 
stories to be true, and you just can't be sure if that damned bear 
actually means what you think he's saying.

Most of the same objections could be raised about using children as 
characters in stories.  And they have imaginations, so who knows what 
may cross their minds?  Adults are ten times worse.  Take a look at 
the news:  are these stories things you actually want to believe in???

I suggest stories about rocks.  For example:

Once upon a time, there was a big rock.
It lived next to a little rock.
They stayed that way.

That's a story you can believe in, and it's very easy for puppets.

A bit weird this morning-
Conrad B.
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