Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Dead Dad Syndrome

I read an article this week in Publisher's Weekly about the abundance of orphans in children's and teen/YA novels.  I had to laugh at this one because our family has noticed this before.  My husband complains that all Dads in stories are either dead or really inept!  And it seems like every time we start a new audio book with the kids, the parents are either dead or die in the first chapter!  It's a great article - hope you enjoy it!

1 comment:

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I've noticed this, too. I wonder if authors do this so that they don't have to create as many characters. Even in the whole Harry Potter series there were very few parents. Hermione had parents but we never met them.

Thanks for dropping by my blog today. Tell your son to pay special attention to the Afterward and the Coda at the end of Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury talks a lot about book banning and censorship of his own works in those parts.