Thursday, October 04, 2007

(Un)happy Endings

Do you hate unhappy endings? Do you prefer your children's books to end wrapped up in a tidy, cheerful bow? Then meet Clare Hughes. She's the current head of an actual organization who aims to "outlaw books that end in tears for youngsters." The name of the organization? Happy Endings Foundation's East of England Cheering Committee. Just what the world needs.

Read the article here in the Daily Mail. The most wonderful and ironic quote from the article? Here it is (these sentences have made my day):
  • The group was set up after its founder, Adrienne Small, read the first book in the series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to her daughter. She said the books caused her daughter to take a more negative approach to life, which only got worse when she read all 13 books in the series.

UPDATE: Damn! I was taken in.