We know what you’re thinking, this is a bit of a departure for the last letter, but it’s really about the use of animals in fiction, plus we’ve already done zombies and seeing as we started with cheesey we decided to avoid ‘ze end’…this year
From folk tales, fables and mythology to novel (and film) ‘Life of Pi’, animals are a popular theme within fiction. Some writers use them as metaphors within their text, others for entertainment – particularly in children’s fiction – and others to show the struggles or plight of a specific animal, like ‘Tarka the Otter’ by Henry Williamson, which helped to inspire the change in public attitude towards the then regarded ‘vermin’ otter.
There is also another consideration when using animals in fiction, though it is more prevelant in film and television, particularly in thriller, crime or horror genres…you know if the family has a dog, it’s going to die first, and you dread that moment, possibly because most animals inspire an image of innocence, and so don’t deserve what happens.
To round off both this post and this year’s A-Z Challenge, we’ve decided to just list some recommendations for animal fiction:
- The Animals of Farthing Wood Series by Colin Dann
- The Beach Dogs by Colin Dann
- The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- The Fox Books by Tom McCaughren
- White Fang by Jack London
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
- Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
- Tag, the Cat series by Gabriel King