I believe it was actually Himmler, as the architect of the Holocaust, and not Hitler who was Inspired by U.S. abuses of indigenous populations. In light of the recent 69th anniversary of the freeing of Auschwitz prisoners, I present an ugly truth that the United States, needs to own up to:
I have never read the Little House books. When people over hype a work to me, I immediately reject it. It’s not because I’m a hipster rejecting everything mainstream. The truth is, if you’ve read my Film Theory and Adaptation Theory papers, that the intertext will not be there for me to love the work as much as these people do, and I know it, because I am left confused–befuddled–by their overt enthusiasm. Why would I not love Little House though? It’s about a girl growing up in a hard environment! You should totally love these books.
There is a period of time in American History of which I am repulsed. It’s the American Western expansion–pioneer time. It was a time of hardship, violence, a lot of rape and murdering and lawlessness. It was a time of zero medical know how (out on the prairie–back at the city universities, they were actually making great advances in the field). Prairie time was the time the First Nations were being slaughtered in earnest–the federal government had put policy into effect to clear them out. It was a time of destruction to a pristine environment. I could go on. The point is, I cannot romanticize these events. There is only a negative intertext for me.
However, if you’ll remember Victor’s writing on critics and how far you should take their opinions–there you go. The fact is, Ingalls Wilder has an autobiography and her enormous fanbase need to hear about it. That I can get behind! This lines up with my assessment of the ‘old prairie’ and gives a less glossed version of the events. When it comes to history, yes, I know the Little House works are fiction, you shouldn’t gloss. Even in fiction, because readers somehow manage to absorb fiction as facts, you should tread carefully–if not accurately about the times of which you write.
Very happy to share that the Historical Society who have put out the bio are super pleased about their author’s success which has trickled down into this book being a big hit with readers all over again. Find out more here:
Obviously my favorite is: “”I happen to feel that the book would have been infinitely better had it been edited down to, say, 500 pages — but there speaks the harassed daily reviewer an [sic] well as the would-be judicious critic. Very nearly every reader will agree, no doubt, that a more disciplined and less prodigal piece of work would have more nearly done justice to the subject-matter.” NY Times on Gone with the Wind.
How many times I have heard this and responded with a facepalm. Perhaps so, perhaps so, but then…there would be a vacancy in understanding so much of the story. Length is what you get when you show and don’t tell all the time. Sometimes, telling is the better choice for the sake of the story’s length. Editors and critics need to understand that, instead of forcing literature to reflect filmic writing in the new lust for easily adaptable works.
You’re welcome. Keep at it, kids.
I have to say that this makes me really excited. Maybe one day I can look forward to working with the company on an adaptation. The time draws ever closer as OP-DEC awaits it’s rerelease and the companies interested look to see how you, the reader, feel about it. So, if you want to see a film that does justice to Claire Healey, buy up those copies, download it on your e-reader–enter the contest to win a copy, and share the hell out of the promo materials on social media. Your word is what counts more than anything and I look forward to your feedback and sharing in this with you.
For those of you who are interested in Miss Witherspoon’s company, read more here: