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('Cause I know the TV story is different from Robert May's original book. But it's the TV story that most people know -- anyway -- it's the one that I know)

Okay, we all know that "Rudolph" is a terrible story, because it teaches the 'moral': "Difference will inevitably, and naturally be despised until it can be exploited, so that the resulting exploitation must be celebrated as a happy ending."

Right?

We know this? We are agreed?

Good.

So you know what else sticks in my craw?

The "happy ending" for the "Abominable Snowman" -- being turned from Mean/Evil to Kind/Nice by having all his teeth forcibly removed.

No. No. No. No. NO!!

It's not whether or not you have teeth that makes you "bad," but how you use them.

It makes me want to write a Christmas story out of spite, where the day is saved by a giant monster with 5,000 sharp teeth, and three dozen sharp horns, and black shaggy fur. And, furthermore, the way the monster saves the day has only a tangential relationship to those teeth and horns.

(Meaning: they don't save the day by biting through or cutting anything, but by being smart, and compassionate, and maybe understanding of [problem at hand] because they know what it's like to be feared and misunderstood)

Eta: something like this critter:

Christmas monster

Date: 2016-12-20 07:35 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Right there with you.

Me and all my teeth will be over here, thanks. *grah*

Date: 2016-12-20 07:56 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Ooh! I like the story idea.

(Also, perhaps. Um. Maybe. Yes. I'll be under a rock.)

Date: 2016-12-20 09:01 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
It is.

Sorry, that's a bit of escaped personal shorthand that I didn't define. The TL;DR version is, "under a rock" is where the monsters hide out, right? So I can have a Super Sekrit Monster Lair, with all the modern conveniences, located under a rock for all my hiding out needs.

Alas, this is currently an entirely metaphorical structure.

Date: 2016-12-20 08:10 pm (UTC)
meridian_rose: pen on letter background  with text  saying 'writer' (Default)
From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
Sounds awesome. Write it! Science/technology, magic, teeth, it is all in how something is used and when that is appropriate or not.

Date: 2016-12-20 10:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] legionseagle
Rudolph has a terrible moral; it only sounds better when translated into Anglo-Saxon because you can comfort oneself spuriously by going, "Dasher, Prancer, Vixen etc; they were just reindeer of their time."

Date: 2016-12-20 11:36 pm (UTC)
vilakins: (hurley)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
I don't know the story, but UGH!

Go for it! Your monster sounds rather like the lovely ones in "Where the monsters are" - sharp teeth but sweet and fun-loving.

Date: 2016-12-21 03:44 am (UTC)
vilakins: Vila dozing off at the teleport controls (alert)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
Yes, I did mean that book! I have a signed copy somewhere...

Date: 2016-12-21 09:02 pm (UTC)
vilakins: (books)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
An American friend got it for me. I have a few other Mercer Mayer books too; he did Russian fairy tales. I just have to unpack them...

Date: 2016-12-21 09:22 pm (UTC)
vilakins: (callyport telly)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
Ahh, confused once again; I mixed up the names as I have books by both. I can't even find the names of the fairy tale ones by googling so I'll have to wait till I unpack them. Those are Mercer Mayer, but in a completely different style from his usual.

Googling however found some Sendak I want to own.

Date: 2016-12-21 01:56 am (UTC)
pedanther: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pedanther
I did not know that about the "Abominable Snowman", and now I'll be right over here with the other people going "Grah!".

Date: 2016-12-21 04:38 pm (UTC)
susanreads: my avatar, a white woman with brown hair and glasses (Default)
From: [personal profile] susanreads
I've never heard of the TV show, or a book either. I only know the song, about which I agree with you (though it had to be pointed out to me, possibly by you).

They take out somebody's teeth? Ewwwwww. I can't see that helping anyone's disposition - it's not making me any more sociable and I only had one out.

Date: 2016-12-23 07:14 pm (UTC)
meridian_rose: pen on letter background  with text  saying 'writer' (Default)
From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
Aw I love the pic :D

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