Nickelodeon Spiderwick Chronicles and You

Written by on February 17, 2008 in The Healing Journey with 1 Comment

Last Thursday, my youngest daughter, Brhiannon, and I went to see The Spiderwick Chronicles. I wrote a review of it here, in my new blog, Inclusive Homeschool. Well it’s actually an old blog that I brought out of “retirement” and started anew.

I spend the vast majority of my time either homeschooling or researching and putting together material for homeschooling or driving my daughter to functions as part of her homeschooling (which is part of why I have little time to do anything else). So I decided I really do need to, at least, share some of my experiences and resources online, so others may benefit from my work as I have benefited from the work and sharing of others.

Anyway, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Brhiannon and I loved the books, hated the movie. Correction: I hated the movie, Brhiannon enjoyed the special effects, but disliked how they changed the story. I explain in detail in my review here.

Watching this total disregard for the storyline, neat CGI effects notwithstanding, lead me to think about storytellers and other artists and our throw-away society.

We have no regard for the keepers of the stories, no respect for the act of writing or the stories themselves. In our special effects world, where flash is more important than roots, we look at things for only their momentary value. Whether it’s the story, the treasures of its message, or the running streams and their life sustaining gifts, it’s all about “What can this resource do for us?”

And the storytellers, the music makers and the natural flow of nature itself, are exploited and silenced in one swift blow. I’m glad for Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi’s success. They deserve monetary success, absolutely. But I am sorry for the loss of the story and the effective muting of Holly’s voice on it’s way to the big screen.

Which makes the telling of your story all that much more important. Maybe it won’t find it’s way to IMAX, but that makes it…makes you all that much more important.

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About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. "For the Sake of Love” is her collection of songs written on Demian's healing journey, and “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” is a children’s book she wrote for her daughter about the interconnectedness of life published by Illumination Arts and endorsed by Jane Goodall. Currently, Demian is working on recording episodes for her podcast and writing on the "Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse". .


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