Morbid implications of children’s books: One Monster After Another

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Bombanat collecting Grithix

The Grithix, as everybody knows, is a Bombanat collector, not a letter collector. He had no use for someone else’s mail, so he did what anybody should do with a lost letter.

He mailed it!

One Monster After Another, by Mercer Mayer

The careful reader will note that the Grithix has just caught a Bombanat. This is not the Pied Bombanat of the sub-continent but a Letter-Eating Bombanat. An animal which subsists solely upon paper mail, and specifically prefers letters from little girls.

The Grithix, on the way home with his Bombanat, disposes of its natural food. The implication is obvious. The Grithix has no use for Bombanat food because the Grithix has no intention of feeding the Bombanat. It is on the way home to go in the killing jar.

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Vagrant

Re: Morbid implications of children’s books: One Monster After Another

Tales of evil feastings, collectors and killing jars will prepare the youth of today for life in places where the Assistant Undersecretary for Moral Improvement has to resign and take a think tank job when his diaper fetish becomes headline news. They're sort of like innoculation for the psyche.

By Vagrant on 18 July 2007 · 01:36
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Ashley

Re^2: Morbid implications of children’s books: One Monster After Another

I certainly prefer it. I remember reading the unrepaired færy tales as a teen and delighting at surprises like Cinderella’s step-sisters getting their eyes pecked out and Snow-White’s evil queen who receives–

…iron slippers had already been put upon the fire, and they were brought in with tongs, and set before her. Then she was forced to put on the red-hot shoes, and dance until she dropped down dead.

By Ashley on 18 July 2007 · 01:45
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