Remember Queen’s Thief Week back in January? I made a stunning discovery when Melina Marchetta’s guest post went up: Megan Whalen Turner is also a fan of MM’s work. You can just imagine how excited I was to discover this – mutual author love FTW! So of course I had to ask MWT if she’d be willing to write anything for Marchetta Madness. She kindly said yes.
There are many things to love in Melina Marchetta’s book, but selfishly, what I love best are the parents. In fairy tales, the first step was always to kill off the parents so that the next generation could go off and have adventures. Modern authors frequently do the same. (So many dead mothers in those Newbery Medal books, not to mention one or two in mine.) For variety’s sake, we sometimes throw in bad parents instead of dead ones, those who are either absent or so dreadful that you wish they were absent.
There are dead parents, missing parents, and dreadful parents in Marchetta’s books, but there are just as many loving and attentive parents. I’m glad because the unfortunate side effect of having all adventures and problems begin with absent or awful parents is the underlying assumption that kids with good parents don’t have adventures and moreover don’t have problems. That’s a mistaken and disturbing assumption. On the upside, good parents don’t have to get in the way of adventures. On the downside, as Marchetta shows so eloquently, even the best parents can’t protect their kids all the time.
Thank you, MWT, for allowing me to encourage readers of your books to pick up Melina Marchetta’s novels (and vice versa). I know how busy you must be so I appreciate that you were able to squeeze in a guest post. Be blessed in your endeavors!