Question for Mom/Dad Bloggers: If you search for "Reasons My Son Is Crying," the suddenly viral Daddy Tumblr, a lot of aggregation articles outperform the site itself. Most of them link prominently to the site within their 1-2 grafs of their post, with the exception of Buzzfeed, which buries the link at the bottom of a 10-image skyscraper post.
If approached, would you give these site rights to use the images?
Beasts of the Southern Wild and the Black Death Giant with at Least Three Faces. The Oscar-nominated “Beasts” is a movie you could show to an audience of almost any age, and the similarity between it and other recent young adult fiction got me thinking of the big hulking deathbeasts that loom over each of them.
Beasts, the graphic novel I Kill Giants, and the scarily-illustrated young adult novel A Monster Calls have similar stories (spoilers):
- There is a child whose home is near some force of nature that’s central to the story’s imagery.
- This child has already lost one parent, and is living with an imperfect guardian.
- He/she is influenced by stories of archaic people fighting to survive.
- The child senses that a Black Death Giant is en route to raise hell. In Giants it’s a titan that’s coming; in Monster it’s howling shadow demon; in Beasts it’s prehistoric boars.
- The BDG is huge and jet black, and the combination of those two features make its features hard to make out: It’s too big to fit in the frame, and its body barely reflects light.
- The BDG gets closer as a parent approaches death.
- The child vandalizes his/her home, which accelerates his/her alienation from their imperfect guardian.
- The BDG arrives in an orgy of destruction.
- …but when the BDG comes face to face with the child, it becomes clear that it doesn’t want to terrorize the kid. Instead, the BDG and the child converse as equals, and that interaction allows the child to overcome their terror at the idea of their parents’ death.
- The parent dies.
- The child survives and begins to heal.
No one who knows me should be surprised I loved “Beasts of the Southern Wild:” it celebrates Louisiana culture, it’s a tribute to the bond between father and daughter, and it has funny scenes with drunk people.
But if you liked it yourself, consider checking out these other two.
Entering my sixth year in the lullaby game, I’m fairly certain I’ve sang “I Will” more times than Paul McCartney has.
My wife, translating an Italian picture book. Parenting is an ongoing art & research project.