He’s a beaver, he shouldn’t be saying anything!

I do not like stories about animals that talk.

Now, sure, Narnia features talking animals, but it’s not from the perspective of talking animals (or really about them unless you are going to say that the whole series is about Aslan, which is not really how I think about them. And I think you could say that he’s more than just an animal, but this is my blog and we aren’t having that argument here, okay? hehe). Not like the Redwall series (which I could never get into) or The Wind in the Willows (which I finally just read and found . . . not to my taste). Sure, I like Charlotte’s Web as much as the next person (or maybe more, because I always cry at the end) and James and the Giant Peach is fun (but those are bugs, so it might be different), but I don’t really care for The Incredible Journey or that book with the scary bunnies and I think Babe is cute, but it’s not a movie I want to see over and over.

In thinking about this, I decided that maybe I don’t mind a world where animals talk to people . . . a little bit, at least. But I am just not an animal person, so I’m not into, “What do animals think?” kind of books. Sure, there are some exceptions to this (hi, Peter Rabbit! Hello, Velveteen Rabbit who may or may not count as a talking animal!), but overall, if it’s about animals, I’m not interested (Misty of Chincoteague, I’m looking in your direction. You, too, Black Beauty).

I feel a little guilty about this, in case you can’t tell. I don’t kick cats, okay? I just don’t like reading about them. The Wind in the Willows was slow-going for me, because I was reading it because I thought I “ought” to. And I’m glad I read it, but I honestly don’t see what all the fuss is about. So I’m just going to accept that I’m not an animal person, that the Redwall books creep me out (sorry, Roger, but I tried one and just couldn’t do it), that the myriad of Disney movies with funny talking animals are not for me, and that any commercial with a monkey is probably not selling something I want to buy.

I feel better already.

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