Well I can't say things are that much better in this country regarding
literacy, in fact a recent survey by the times actually found 90 percent of
secondary school children thought Rudyard Kipling was something to do with
Kiplings cakes (a popular supermarkit brand of packaged cakes over here),
I will say though at least we haven't had quite as much politically correct
shenanigans with books though.
i actually find it insane that someone can complain of books like
huckleberry fin being politically incorrect, when you can switch on the tv
and have a black comedian like Chris tucker making some amazingly racist
remarks that I! actually find mildly offensive.
Huckleberry fin is actually one of the most quoted books in articals on
ethics and emotion, presumably just because Twane new something about
people, irrispective of the atitudes of the time he lived in.
Quite often it feels that Hollywood have a list of things which must! be in
each film, irrispective of whether they fit or not.
Take lotr, it was as if they said battles, sweeping camera shots, character
Aragorn having anxt and not wanting to be king I found completely ludicrous,
sinse if you know any of his history at all you'd know he grew up in
Rivendell and was pretty much trained to be king anyway.
The idea of Elrond also objecting and being such a git to Arwen marrying
aragorn is also really odd, considdering everything had been arranged about
60 years before hand, and considdering that this with the third time such a
mariage had happened in the history of the elves, something which is clearly
stated even in lotr by Aragorn himself when he tells the hobbits the tale of
Beren on weathertop.
Yet, Hollywood decided they needed a character with Anxt, just because it
was a standard.
Btw, just as a disclaimer, I use the term "black comedian" here to refer to
that style of humour, not necessarily to skin colour. Indeed there are
several comedians such as Lenny henry and Even will Smith who don't fall
into this at all whatever their skin colour is.
Beware the Grue!
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