The Grizzly Moral Code by M.J. Moore
“Fairy tales were different when I was a kid. I was, admittedly, a weird kid, (I used to cry when the woodsman cut the big bad wolf open to let Grandma and Red Riding Hood out), but those original stories had a punch that today’s Disney-fied fare just can’t beat and there’s a reason for that – the authors gave their audience credit. Get yourself a copy of the Grimm Brothers version of Little Red Riding Hood and compare it to the watered-down version we know today, and you’ll see what I mean. Personally, I think the images of people being violently oppressed, often by the grown-ups in charge, that we see on the nightly news are a lot more disturbing than the idea of an evil fictional wolf meeting his deservedly bloody end; (I used to put on my favourite red cardigan and walk with my Gran along the nature trail near her house every Saturday, not once fearing that a charming, bio-ped wolf would cross our path).
Teen fiction gets it right, (Twilight not withstanding). The divide between the good and the bad characters isn’t always clear cut, as is sometimes the case in real life, but the bad guys (or girls) still do evil things, and the penalties they are dealt are no less swift. Readers around the world enjoy these stories and unlike a lot of the fiction their younger sisters and brothers are presented with, the ‘scary parts’ aren’t glossed over, and that’s as it should be – how can we root for the good guys if the bad guys don’t, well, do anything bad? And how can we feel justice is done if the evil-doer who so casually ends the existences of innocents is let off with a (metaphorical) slap on the wrist? Teen fiction authors get it right because they know that their readers are smart; The Hunger Games series is enormously popular, but I don’t think any of Katniss Everdeen’s millions of fans are going to go all out and stage their very own real life battle to the death anytime soon.
I write horror stories for adults, and although the situations I place my characters in are a lot gorier and much more confronting, I still follow the example set by those two German brothers whose creepy translated tales held me in their thrall all those years ago; even my grizzliest stories have a moral at their core, and my bad guys always get their just deserts.”
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Thanks again to M.J. Moore for her guest post. Watch Whimsical Words for more guests, blogs from me, and Readers & Writers Recipes. Have a creative day! – Vonnie