Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Teenagers are such a pain

This weekend at DragonCon in Atlanta, we attended a lecture on the historic roots of the science fiction genre. Dr. Richard "Scott" Nokes gave a presentation for the lecture. One of the things he discussed were narratives in which young people struggle with becoming "animal" in their teenage years (i.e. usually teenage boys becoming wolves or in the case of "Ginger Snaps" young girls becoming wolves). He argued that these struggles are allegories for the process of becoming an adult. When you become an animal you transform by growing hair in new places, developing a deep growl, etc. I could certainly see how this mirrors the changes that occur in puberty. So, in honor of that lecture, I present you with a classic example, "Teenage Monster."

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