Monday, November 24, 2008

Girl Crusoes

The next side-project I'm hoping to have time to work on is about "Girl Crusoes". That is, fictional girls who become stranded on islands who must seek out their own food, construct shelter, and battle or placate "the natives". There's a new film called Nim's Island based on a novel by an Australian author I believe that tells a contemporary version of this sort of tale-- the blurb I read mentions communication via a laptop, so things have moved on from the Gilligan's Island coconuts. I'm finding quite a few nineteenth century examples, though. I'm not sure of the date of this American dime novel, but I'd love to be able to take a look at the actual story of the rifle-toting girl on the cover of this edition of Brave and Bold.

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