OSC Answers Questions
My upcoming project on an author of our choice needs us to go deep into
that author. My teacher told us we should know their favorite color by the time
we're done. I have chosen one of my favorite writers, OSC, but I'm having troule
with this one idea. I have noticed in many books, especially yours, that a main
character of a young child who is wiser than those around him is very common.
This is in the Ender Saga, of course, and in Sarah, Lost Boys, the Homecoming
series...the list could go on. I've also noticed this in The Giver (Lowry), From the
Corner of His Eye (Koontz) The Dark is Rising Sequence (Cooper) and other
books, which all seen to effectively draw one into the character. Why do you think
that a child's loss of innocence and premature maturing has such an effect on the
reader, and why do you and other authors of great books keep going back to this
common theme, which nevertheless is fresh and new in each situation though the
idea is the same?
-- Submitted Anonymously
OSC REPLIES: - September 25, 2001
Many authors keep coming back to this theme because it is one of the most
important human universals -- we all pass through the transition from childhood
to adolescence to adulthood, and for most of us, that adulthood business comes as
a rude shock. But it is also the key to civilization -- the ability of people to live
together in enduring communities that pass their knowledge from one generation
to the next depends on the majority of people taking on adult responsibilities long
before they're "ready" for them (since, of course, we never are).
As for my favorite color, I don't have one and find the whole idea of a
"favorite" color absurd. I always have.