Monday, May 16, 2011
My nine-year-old daughter and I are having an intense experience with Puck.
Specifically, we are obsessed with Michael Buckley's eight-book series, The Sisters Grimm, in which Puck figures as a main character. I'm reading all of them aloud to her, and we're almost at the end of Book Four. We spent a long, long time reading over this rainy weekend.
Buckley's Puck is like Shakespeare's in many ways: he's a Trickster King who hangs out with Titania and Oberon.
BUT--and here's the thing--Buckley's Puck is a horny adolescent with his sights set on human girls. On the one hand, this characterization is authentic. Shakespeare's Puck derives from folklore of a "Robin Goodfellow," a lusty sprite doing a jig across the English countryside. The visual above pretty much says it all.
On the other hand, Buckley's Puck is doing things like tongue-kissing my daughter's favorite character, the spunky 11-year-old Sabrina. In Book Four, we are taken deep into the newly hormonally-charged mind of young Sabrina, which is eliciting my daughter's disgust and fascination. Like a good parent, I am of course encouraging the former response by making "yuck" faces whenever Puck flirts with Sabrina.
It's not that I'm trying to interfere with her natural curiosity; it's just that Puck is filthy and rude and completely disobeys his parents. He's the boyfriend who's gonna corrupt your precious child. Check out the movie A Midsummer Night's Rave or The Donkey Show if you want to see what I mean.