I’m so happy with all the lovely responses I’ve been getting to my essay, “The Problem With Monster Stereotypes In Literature“! Thank you for the love. It’s been ages since I wrote something remotely academic, so I was nervous about this piece.
The writing of the essay started with all the monster posts I’ve been writing here on my blog, particularly after workshops I conduct with children and adults.
How do we imagine monsters? What forms the bedrock of our imagination of monsters?
With all my activities around the creation of monsters, it was time to take the idea further, examining why children so often create monsters that are fat, ugly, dark-skinned and male.
The word count did not allow me to include everything I would have liked to, particularly as there are so many books that do try to create new kinds of monsters. One book that comes to mind featured in an earlier draft but disappeared in this one – The Big Book of Boochandis. I love the pastel-coloured monsters there! I’m sure there are many more.
A few times I wrote about monsters at my workshops