- Posted by Johanna on January 24, 2007 at 11:44 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
This short GalleyCat piece on classic kids’ book repackaging ends with a quote I found thought-provoking:
Allison Edheimer, 9, wants the photo version of the Little House series. “I’d rather read something where I can picture the person,” she says. Rachael Ross, 10, agrees: “I like seeing real people better than drawings,” she says. “Drawings look sort of fake.”
Now, they’re talking about replacing covers and interior illustrations on classic books such as Little House on the Prairie and A Wrinkle in Time (where a quick Amazon search turns up three cover versions, none of which are the oddly glum one I remember, shown here).
Is this another example of the never-ending complaint that kids don’t have the imagination skills they used to? (“Why, we didn’t have TV when I was a kid. We had radio, and we had to make up the pictures ourselves!”) A sign of the strange usage of “fake” for a generation raised on “reality” shows? Or just a recognition that improving technology brings increasing artistic opportunities?