Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Where the wildest literary rascals are

Spike Jonze and his Where the Wild Things Are team have made some lame picks in their list of top 10 literary rascals.

Literature is full of rascals. Mischievous, naughty, covered in mud and poking sticks at snails, staying out past their bedtimes and getting into scrapes and mishaps. Rascals, rapscallions, rogues, the lot of 'em.

But is the list of top 10 rascals in literature provided by the We Love You So blog accurate? Fans of arch-rascal Max in Maurice Sendak's sublime and enduring children's picture book Where the Wild Things Are will recognise the name of the blog from the growled plea by the assorted Wild Things at the close of the adventure, when they implore Max to remain on their island with the rather dubious promise "We'll eat you up, we love you so!" The journal is part production diary, part list of influences and general good stuff put together by the film director Spike Jonze and his team, who are behind the much-anticipated big-screen version of Sendak's book, due to hit cinemas this October.

The blog's recent list of rascals does, naturally, put Max at the top, and perhaps there's no argument with that - he does, after all, get sent to bed without his supper after chasing the dog with a fork and telling his mum he'll eat her up. It also points out that this is a provisional list, and that detailed analysis explaining why the names have been included is to follow. But do their following choices really hit the mark when it comes to great rascals?

- David Barnett, Guardian.co.uk

Read the rest of the post here.

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