'10 of the Best' lists. Today's offering is 'Best Heroes in Children's Fiction down the decades'. Great. Wonderful. I'm for anything that celebrates children's books and gets people debating. BUT--there are some odd choices here, it seems to me, and while I am also all for female heroes being celebrated, there is a definite imbalance here. Do I feel the cold hand of political correctness (surely not in the Grauniad!). Why didn't they do 10 best Sheroes and 10 best Heroes?
Anne of Green Gables
George (really? George from Dick King-Smith's 'George Speaks?' REALLY?)
That's the list they've chosen. Well, okay. They steered away from the too obvious Boy who Lived (but isn't he a hero?), and they also steered away from Ron and Hermione. They steered away from anthropomorphic heroes like Charlotte (of the Web), Mole from the Wind in the Willows and Hazel of Watership Down. They also steered away from Bilbo Baggins, and Will Parry (equal to Lyra in my eyes). This has a very 'safe list' feel to me, and also an 'oh bung those in--everyone's heard of THEM' air of slight laziness and lack of research/imagination. I'd love to see some perhaps less well-known or more modern candidates in here. Will from 'The Dark is Rising', Charlie Bone, Arthur and Gatty from Kevin Crossley-Holland's trilogy, Cat Chant, Garth Nix's Arthur, Lirael and Sabriel. Actually, I could go on and on here, but I'm going to turn it over to you lot instead. (*Later in day. Nope. Can't resist. Mine are on the comments page too! *)
I have a challenge for you. Put your top 5 children's book Heroes and your top 5 children's book Sheroes in the comments box. Anthropomorphic candidates welcome. Be adventurous--put your opinions on the line--don't be safe and conservative. But if someone else has chosen a hero you really love too, back them up--there have to be SOME frontrunners! This will be open till Friday 19th March, and then I'll collate all your choices, and put up 2 polls with the ones who come out on top. I will devise a little
Top of the Polls Competition With Heroic Books to Win. So choose away and have fun!