The romance novel mentions made me think of all the romance novels I read when I was way too young, like 12. Those big, fat historical ones available by the millions (it seems) on library shelves, with titles like My Brazen Pirate
and The Wolf and the Hummingbird
or whatever. I used to write these really enthusiastic reviews of them, how they were so romantic and emotional and so forth, but the plots sound just horrible to me now, all about very
dubious consent and terribly dysfunctional relationships
Not to knock anyone who likes those romance novels now
--I think I just read them at far too young an age and took the wrong ideas from them.
I am happy to report that Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
, which I read recently for the first time in 25 years, is still very enjoyable. Though of course somewhat dated--the moms are all stay-at-home, worrying about dinner and children while the dads work and slip off to their studies after dinner to smoke pipes--almost all of the "cures" Mrs. P-W suggests for badly-behaved children (talking back, selfish, etc.) seem reasonable to me (if comically exaggerated), and not horrible. There's some dry, absurd humor in the books, too, somewhat like Roald Dahl, which I think I appreciate more now.
I have learned through sad experience to avoid a lot of the TV shows and cartoons I loved as a child.
I adored Tiny Toon Adventures back in the day, but when I recently watched some episodes, I felt they alternated between spastic and boring. Okay, granted, I'm not the target demographic anymore, but I didn't think it would be that