Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Why How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Should Never Have Been Published

AN ADULT PROTAGONIST
Kids like to read about kids. Cindy-Lou Who, the only child mentioned, is never truly developed as a character. Has she learned anything by the end of the story? Where is her arc?

SLOPPY USE OF LANGUAGE
Chimbley? I mean, really!
Besides, does anyone use the word nimbly? Certainly not any members of the target audience!

A SCARY SANTA CLAUS
Children need to trust that the fat man breaking into their house on Christmas Eve is completely harmless.

MEDICALLY INACCURATE
Hearts cannot grow three sizes in one day. Did he do any research for this book?

Clearly, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! never should have been published.

But aren't we glad it was?

Thank you, Dr. Seuss. And Merry Christmas, everyone. Enjoy your roast beast!

9 comments:

  1. Those books that break the rules are usually the ones people love the most. I need to be a rule-breaker! Merry Christmas!

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  2. A-hahaha love this!!!! Merry Merry!

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  3. Oh, how (painfully) funny! Thanks, Constance, for reminding us not to overthink our own little sparks of genius.

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  4. I think considering it is Dr. Seuss, and all of his books basically break the rules - enough said - lol - thanks for posting - E :)

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  5. I love this, Constance. We should all be as fortunate as Dr. Seuss in all his errant ways, ha!

    Linda Phillips

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  6. What a fun (& thought-provoking) blog, Constance!

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  7. I think this is a blog full of hope! Thanks, Constance.

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  8. So funny! Yep, the ones that break the rules are usually the ones that stick with us. Great post, Constance. I love the Grinch :)

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  9. MY pre-school greandsons watched the original version of this on TV last week. They LOVED it --low technology and all. Merry Christmas!

    Jean Hall
    http://www.jeanmatthewhallwords.blogspot.com

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