History WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids / Literature

21st Nov '17 8:56:52 PM PaulA
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* Creator/RussellTDavies was wise enough to avert this when the BBC wanted to republish his Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Damaged Goods'' after he became the high-profile ShowRunner of the revived series. He reportedly persuaded the BBC that young ''Doctor Who'' fans shouldn't be encouraged to read one of the grimmer entries in what was in general a notoriously DarkerAndEdgier portion of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse.

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* Creator/RussellTDavies was wise enough to avert this when the BBC wanted to republish his Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures tie-in novel ''Damaged Goods'' ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresDamagedGoods Damaged Goods]]'' after he became the high-profile ShowRunner of the revived series. He reportedly persuaded the BBC that young ''Doctor Who'' fans shouldn't be encouraged to read one of the grimmer entries in what was in general a notoriously DarkerAndEdgier portion of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse.
10th Nov '17 4:28:32 PM Kemm
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''Literature/{{TheLittlePrince}}'' - So we have a book about the loss of innocence that accompanies growth, which treats topics such as codependency and politics, and that ends with the death of the titular character, but with a kid on the cover and several cartoonish illustrations; let's make it a compulsory read for kids 8 yo.! That's the best way to make them hate books.
3rd Nov '17 7:23:03 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/SquirrelSeeksChipmunk'' by DavidSedaris. Don't be fooled by the amazing art, this book is dark, dark, '''dark''' with an extra heaping of cynicism and horror.
* {{Henrik Drescher}}'s ''Literature/TalesFromTheCrib.'' Don't let the bottle shaped book and the picture book format fool you. This book is filled with sexual imagery and dark themes about the dark side of parenting.
* For a very odd case reminiscent of Mark Twain's issues, there is Mumu by Ivan Turgenev. Originally an adult-directed commentary asserting that feudal Russia was a CrapsackWorld, it has since become an incredibly popular bedtime story in its native Russia, spawning quite a few cartoons "marketed" (Soviet Union, markets illegal) for kids, despite featuring what Russians call a [[DownerEnding realistic ending]] in which the starring deaf-mute [[spoiler: drowns Mumu,]] his only friend and loyal puppy. This explains so much about Russia.

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* ''Literature/SquirrelSeeksChipmunk'' by DavidSedaris.Creator/DavidSedaris. Don't be fooled by the amazing art, this book is dark, dark, '''dark''' with an extra heaping of cynicism and horror.
* {{Henrik Drescher}}'s Creator/HenrikDrescher's ''Literature/TalesFromTheCrib.'' Don't let the bottle shaped book and the picture book format fool you. This book is filled with sexual imagery and dark themes about the dark side of parenting.
* For a very odd case reminiscent of Mark Twain's issues, there is Mumu by Ivan Turgenev. Originally an adult-directed commentary asserting that feudal Russia was a CrapsackWorld, it has since become an incredibly popular bedtime story in its native Russia, spawning quite a few cartoons "marketed" (Soviet Union, markets illegal) for kids, despite featuring what Russians call a [[DownerEnding realistic ending]] in which the starring deaf-mute [[spoiler: drowns [[spoiler:drowns Mumu,]] his only friend and loyal puppy. This explains so much about Russia.



** Death of vehicle-crushed drunk [[CrimeAndPunishment Marmeladov]] in front of his children, surrounded by their tuberculosis stricken mother, prostitute elder half-sister and some local riff-raff (including one kind student who is, you probably know, a murderer).
* In the Soviet Union there was a "classical age [[GhettoIndex ghetto]]" -- a common belief that classical art, especially literature, was made to teach what is [[TrueArtIsAncient True Art]] and Good Sense to schoolchildren. This lived together with very fuzzy age rating system and the fact that description of pre-revolutionary times was kept on board much to show that everything was a CrapsackWorld before [[UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin Lenin]] came and fixed it. Some combination of these factors allowed Creator/IvanBunin's work ''Village'' to be published by publishing house "Malysh"[[note]]Literally, "Baby" publishing house[[/note]] (specializing mainly on very first children's reading) and get to school libraries. Well, about scaring someone out of late UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia this book does the best, portraying stillbirth, forced adultery, infanticide, husband spoiling, gang rape and other things not AT ALL for babies.

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** Death of vehicle-crushed drunk [[CrimeAndPunishment [[Literature/CrimeAndPunishment Marmeladov]] in front of his children, surrounded by their tuberculosis stricken mother, prostitute elder half-sister and some local riff-raff (including one kind student who is, you probably know, a murderer).
* In the Soviet Union there was a "classical age [[GhettoIndex ghetto]]" {{ghetto|Index}}" -- a common belief that classical art, especially literature, was made to teach what is [[TrueArtIsAncient True Art]] {{True Art|IsAncient}} and Good Sense to schoolchildren. This lived together with very fuzzy age rating system and the fact that description of pre-revolutionary times was kept on board much to show that everything was a CrapsackWorld before [[UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin Lenin]] came and fixed it. Some combination of these factors allowed Creator/IvanBunin's work ''Village'' to be published by publishing house "Malysh"[[note]]Literally, "Baby" publishing house[[/note]] (specializing mainly on very first children's reading) and get to school libraries. Well, about scaring someone out of late UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia this book does the best, portraying stillbirth, forced adultery, infanticide, husband spoiling, gang rape and other things not AT ALL for babies.



* Creator/RosemaryWells, who is well-known as the creator behind ''Literature/MaxAndRuby'', ''Literature/TimothyGoesToSchool'', the Yoko series, and Yoko & Friends, always makes children's books that star anthropomorphic animals. She also made other books without her signature animal illustrations such as "Red Moon" (which is set during TheAmericanCivilWar) and "Through The Hidden Door", which are geared towards older readers. Which explains why she doesn't do illustrations for those books along with "Helping Children Cope With Divorce" and "Helping Children Cope With Grief". Probably to avoid the situation Creator/RaymondBriggs did by [[ArtStyleDissonance using the same Illustrations]] for Literature/TheSnowman for his comic book ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows.

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* Creator/RosemaryWells, who is well-known as the creator behind ''Literature/MaxAndRuby'', ''Literature/TimothyGoesToSchool'', the Yoko series, and Yoko & Friends, always makes children's books that star anthropomorphic animals. She also made other books without her signature animal illustrations such as "Red Moon" (which is set during TheAmericanCivilWar) UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar) and "Through The Hidden Door", which are geared towards older readers. Which explains why she doesn't do illustrations for those books along with "Helping Children Cope With Divorce" and "Helping Children Cope With Grief". Probably to avoid the situation Creator/RaymondBriggs did by [[ArtStyleDissonance using the same Illustrations]] for Literature/TheSnowman for his comic book ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows.
16th Oct '17 12:44:49 AM bfunc
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* ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}''. Thanks to the {{Disneyfi|cation}}ed animated adaptations, the books are sometimes mistaken for being child-friendly jungle adventure stories as well. In reality, Burroughs' novels present a fair amount of violence, occasionally even {{Gorn}}y torture scenes.

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* ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}''. Thanks to the {{Disneyfi|cation}}ed animated adaptations, adaptations[[note]]and, ''decades'' before those, most of the many, ''many'' live-action movies featuring the character[[/note]], the books are sometimes mistaken for being child-friendly jungle adventure stories as well. In reality, Burroughs' novels present a fair amount of violence, occasionally even {{Gorn}}y torture scenes.
16th Sep '17 11:50:06 AM SeptimusHeap
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** This was also {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' where [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters some prison guards]] saw Beast reading.

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** This was also {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' where [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters some prison guards]] saw Beast reading.
3rd Aug '17 5:44:10 AM SeptimusHeap
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** But above all, ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce''. We have averted cannibalism, gay Mandos, and {{Shotacon}}.

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** But above all, ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce''. We have averted cannibalism, gay Mandos, and {{Shotacon}}.paedophilia.
16th May '17 9:32:47 AM nombretomado
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* In the Soviet Union there was a "classical age [[GhettoIndex ghetto]]" -- a common belief that classical art, especially literature, was made to teach what is [[TrueArtIsAncient True Art]] and Good Sense to schoolchildren. This lived together with very fuzzy age rating system and the fact that description of pre-revolutionary times was kept on board much to show that everything was a CrapsackWorld before [[UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin Lenin]] came and fixed it. Some combination of these factors allowed Creator/IvanBunin's work ''Village'' to be published by publishing house "Malysh"[[note]]Literally, "Baby" publishing house[[/note]] (specializing mainly on very first children's reading) and get to school libraries. Well, about scaring someone out of late TsaristRussia this book does the best, portraying stillbirth, forced adultery, infanticide, husband spoiling, gang rape and other things not AT ALL for babies.

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* In the Soviet Union there was a "classical age [[GhettoIndex ghetto]]" -- a common belief that classical art, especially literature, was made to teach what is [[TrueArtIsAncient True Art]] and Good Sense to schoolchildren. This lived together with very fuzzy age rating system and the fact that description of pre-revolutionary times was kept on board much to show that everything was a CrapsackWorld before [[UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin Lenin]] came and fixed it. Some combination of these factors allowed Creator/IvanBunin's work ''Village'' to be published by publishing house "Malysh"[[note]]Literally, "Baby" publishing house[[/note]] (specializing mainly on very first children's reading) and get to school libraries. Well, about scaring someone out of late TsaristRussia UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia this book does the best, portraying stillbirth, forced adultery, infanticide, husband spoiling, gang rape and other things not AT ALL for babies.
18th Dec '16 12:06:44 AM DalekExterminer
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* YoungAdult books deserve to be mentioned as well. Many assume that the fact that "young" is in the name and the fact that they generally contain teenage protagonists mean that they're kid-friendly. But books classed as Young Adult regularly feature such subjects as sex, drugs, alcoholism, rape, physical and mental abuse, and the like, as well as often having pretty strong language (up to the f-word in some books).

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* YoungAdult books deserve to be mentioned as well. Many assume that the fact that "young" is in the name and the fact that they generally contain teenage protagonists mean that they're kid-friendly. But books classed as Young Adult regularly feature such subjects as sex, drugs, alcoholism, rape, suicide, physical and mental abuse, and the like, as well as often having pretty strong language (up to the f-word in some books).
12th Dec '16 5:23:42 PM DalekExterminer
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* [[YoungAdult]] books deserve to be mentioned as well. Many assume that the fact that "young" is in the name and the fact that they generally contain teenage protagonists mean that they're kid-friendly. But books classed as Young Adult regularly feature such subjects as sex, drugs, alcoholism, rape, physical and mental abuse, and the like, as well as often having pretty strong language (up to the f-word in some books).

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* [[YoungAdult]] YoungAdult books deserve to be mentioned as well. Many assume that the fact that "young" is in the name and the fact that they generally contain teenage protagonists mean that they're kid-friendly. But books classed as Young Adult regularly feature such subjects as sex, drugs, alcoholism, rape, physical and mental abuse, and the like, as well as often having pretty strong language (up to the f-word in some books).
12th Dec '16 5:22:49 PM DalekExterminer
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* For some reason, possibly because like many current [=YA=] titles it features young female protagonists in a dystopian future, ''Literature/TheQueenOfTheTearling'' keeps getting listed under young adult. And yet, with topics popping up such as rape, murder, mass murder (including of children), child rape, infant rape, prostitution, forced prostitution, and torture, this book is often compared to ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.

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* For some reason, possibly because like many current [=YA=] [[YoungAdult YA]] titles it features young female protagonists in a dystopian future, ''Literature/TheQueenOfTheTearling'' keeps getting listed under young adult. And yet, with topics popping up such as rape, murder, mass murder (including of children), child rape, infant rape, prostitution, forced prostitution, and torture, this book is often compared to ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
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