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Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence

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Publisher Comments:

From a veteran creator of comic-book and video-game super heroes, an insider's view of how violent entertainment can help children conquer fears and develop a bold sense of self.

Children choose their heroes more carefully than we think. From Pokémon to the rapper Eminem, pop-culture icons are not simply commercial pied pipers who practice mass hypnosis on our youth. Indeed, argues the author of this lively and persuasive paean to the power of popular culture, even violent and trashy entertainment gives children something they need, something that can help both boys and girls develop in a healthy way.

Drawing on a wealth of true stories, many gleaned from the fascinating workshops he conducts, and basing his claims on extensive research, including interviews with psychologists and educators, Gerard Jones explains why validating our children's fantasies teaches them to trust their own emotions, helps them build stronger selves, leaves them less at the mercy of the pop-culture industry, and strengthens parent-child bonds.

Jones has written for the Spider-Man, Superman, and X-Men comic books and created the Haunted Man series for the Web. He has also explored the cultural meanings of comic books and sitcoms in two well-received books. In Killing Monsters he presents a fresh look at children's fantasies, the entertainment industry, and violence in the modern imagination. This reassuring book, as entertaining as it is provocative, offers all of us — parents, teachers, policymakers, media critics — new ways to understand the challenges and rewards of explosive material.

News From Killing Monsters:

  • Packing a toy gun can be good for your son — or daughter. Contrary to public opinion, research shows that make-believe violence actually helps kids cope with fears.
  • Explosive entertainment should be a family affair. Scary TV shows can have a bad effect when children have no chance to discuss them openly with adults.
  • It's crucial to trust kids' desires. What excites them is usually a sign of what they need emotionally.
  • Violent fantasy is one of the best ways for kids to deal with the violence they see in real life.

Review:

"We need to move away from thinking that we can force children to choose only what we believe is good for them. This thoughtful book forces the needed and long overdue dialogue from which we can empower children and accept the reality of their needs." Donna Mitroff, Sr. Vice President, ABC Family

Review:

"Gerard Jones does for contemporary popular culture what Bruno Bettelheim did for classic fairy and folk tales — demonstrate why they are so meaningful for children and how they contribute positively to their development. His approach is bold and fearless, tackling researchers and reformers head on. Killing Monsters is essential reading for anyone who cares about children." Henry Jenkins, Director of Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Review:

"[T]his book will show involved, attuned readers that fantasy in all its forms...can be a tool to strengthen and comfort young people instead of just a threat to their sensibilities....Highly recommended." Library Journal

Book News Annotation:

A former comic-book and screen writer, Jones interviewed psychiatrists, pediatricians, family therapists, and others about children and fantasy violence. He concludes that such violence helps them develop coping skills they will need later in life.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465036950
Author:
Jones, Gerard
Publisher:
Basic Books
Author:
Jones, Gerald
Location:
New York
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
Conflict Resolution
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Violence in mass media
Subject:
Mass media and children
Subject:
Monsters in mass media.
Subject:
Fantasy in children.
Subject:
Fantasy in mass media.
Subject:
Heroes in mass media.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Parenting
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical referecnes and index.
Series Volume:
v. 4
Publication Date:
20020403
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.45x6.42x.93 in. 1.60 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Basic Books - English 9780465036950 Reviews:
"Review" by , "We need to move away from thinking that we can force children to choose only what we believe is good for them. This thoughtful book forces the needed and long overdue dialogue from which we can empower children and accept the reality of their needs."
"Review" by , "Gerard Jones does for contemporary popular culture what Bruno Bettelheim did for classic fairy and folk tales — demonstrate why they are so meaningful for children and how they contribute positively to their development. His approach is bold and fearless, tackling researchers and reformers head on. Killing Monsters is essential reading for anyone who cares about children."
"Review" by , "[T]his book will show involved, attuned readers that fantasy in all its forms...can be a tool to strengthen and comfort young people instead of just a threat to their sensibilities....Highly recommended."
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