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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:40 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I think, Chris, that your childhood reading tastes were precisely the opposite of mine - in every respect! Very Happy


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, Heidi - I adored Heidi - I wanted to *be* her!  On that mountain, with Grandfather and Peter - so wonderful.  And Eve Garnett too - I wonder what happened to my One End Street books, they were just marvellous.

The Noel Streatfeild books I read and loved were a series about a girl called Gemma, who went to stay with her cousins - they were all theatrical types - she was an actress, the cousins were variously musicians and dancers.  She is unhappy and rebellious, but comes to be part of the family - I think there were four books, and I loved them to bits.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something else that struck me about Ballet Shoes was the focus on money. Every penny the girls earn is accounted for and either paid into the post office or the academy, or given to Sylvia/Garnie or, on rare occasions, spent as pocket money. It might be a very good book to give to children to help them become spending-conscious in these times of pecuniary hardship. It's all in l.s.d. of course, but the principle remains the same.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Himadri, that may be because your gender was the opposite to mine - in every respect! Very Happy


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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes - I suppose that does have something to do with it! It does rather raise questions on the extent to which our tastes are predetermied by our genders, and to what extent they are moulded by a stereotyping imposed upon us ... My guess is that the latter is the more important, but let's not get into the nature vs nurture debate now!

(PS Our 13-year-old's daughter's favourite book is The Three Musketeers, and her favourite film is The Good the Bad and the Ugly - but she is far from being a tomboy!)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I love The Good, The Bad and the Ugly too, and adored westerns as a child - still remember the thrill of watching weekly episodes of The Virginian!  I was never tomboy either.  I also loved Errol Flynn swashbuckling away, and Tyrone Power as Jesse James, and was riveted to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on the telly, despite being a proper girl.

I loved Lord of the Flies (not a girl in sight, as far as I remember), but have never been remotely attracted to The Three Musketeers or Count of Monte Cristo type adventure stories.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm  makes me curious! Why is it that you loved, say, the Errol Flynn swashbucklers, but aren't attracted to The Three Musketeers? I'd have thought they were the same genre!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I meant in terms of reading - my last message was quite garbled generally!  I quite like adventure stories on film (I loved the Gerard Depardieu version of Count of Monte Cristo, for example), but just don't enjoy the books much.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chris-l wrote:


Noel Streatfield was a favourite of mine, too. At the same age, I also read books such as 'The Family from One End Street', by Eve Garnett and 'Children of the New Forest', by Captain Marryatt. There was another book I loved, called 'Susquanna of the Mounties', but I have no idea of the author. Oh, and not forgetting 'What Katy Did'!


I had Sussanah of the Mounties too and remember reading it but have only a vague idea what it was about.
I loved Noel Steatfield too and was also very fond of E Nesbit. I remember Heidi too with great affectinon but was disappointed by the follow-ups written by another author. I have, to this day, never really found a follow up that works. Confused
I was a very catholic reader as a child and I still enjoy a wide mixture of genres. I avidly read pony books, though it was more because I wanted a pony than that they were good stories. I had one called One More Pony which I read many times and liked for itself. I also enjoyed swashbuckling fiction and I can remember being very excited by Lorna Doone and Children of the New Forest. I certainly read Treasure Island though it was not a great favourite. I remember being scared of Ben Gunn.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But he's the best one in it! Girls, I don't know...



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