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Ronja rövardotter by Astrid Lindgren
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Apr 01, 11

bookshelves: children, swedish-norwegian-and-danish
Read in January, 1983

There's this thing that happens to some children's authors who become too successful. They realise that every kid grows up reading their books, and they gradually start to feel that they ought to be, you know, telling them something important rather than just entertaining them...

So in this case we have Astrid Lindgren, who'd already written Pippi Långstrump, Emil I Lönneberga, Karlsson På Taket and several other timeless masterpieces. These books are as light as air, and any message they're imparting sneaks in under your radar before you've even had a chance to figure out what it is. And now, here's Ronja, who's the daughter of a robber king that lives in a castle in the forest. On the night she's born, the castle is struck by lightning so that it splits down the middle.

Her family discover, to their consternation, that a second band of robbers have moved into the other half of the divided castle. These people are their bitterest enemies. But Ronja falls in love with the son of the rival robber king, and, oh well, read it for yourself. You've probably figured out the main points already.

If some lesser author had written this clunky piece of allegory, I suppose I might have thought it was more or less acceptable. But Astrid Lindgren?? I felt embarrassed from start to finish.
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message 1: by Sofia (new)

Sofia You're seriously comparing Ronja Rövardotter to YA PNR's?

Dude... Respect your opinion and everything, but... O_o


Manny Huh? Who said anything about YA PNRs??


message 3: by Sofia (new)

Sofia These people are their bitterest enemies. But Ronja falls in love with the son of the rival robber king, and, oh well, read it for yourself. You've probably figured out the main points already.

It's mostly the way you worded that paragraph.

...then again, thinking about it, it's probably just in my own head. I've been reading waaaay to many reviews that criticize bad YA PNR's. Sorry!


Manny Well, I must admit I've written a couple of reviews along those lines, though I don't in fact read much YA PNR. But I don't think you can reasonably call Ronja/Birk "paranormal", even though they do live in a somewhat magical world.

Du är väl svenska enligt din profil... har antagligen läst hela Astrid Lindgren som barn, eller gör man fortfarande så nuförtiden?


message 5: by Sofia (new)

Sofia Shit vad kul, är du också svensk? Kunde inte hitta vilket land du kom ifrån på din profil, så jag antog, med tanke på ditt namn, att du inte var det!

O ja, läst böckerna, sett filmerna (måste föresten komma ihåg att lägga till dem här på Goodreads)! Så jag är väl inte helt opartisk. :)

När det gäller Ronja/Birk så tycker jag väl inte direkt att man kan kalla det romantik över huvud taget. Det var längesen jag läste boken nu, men för mej handlade den aldrig om romantik.

BTW, har du läst Mio, min Mio? Och har du sett Ronja Rövardotter-filmen? Om inte så kan jag varmt rekommendera båda! :)


message 6: by Sofia (new)

Sofia Ah, glöm det! Nu hittade jag din(a) nationalitet(er) på din profil! Borde ha kollat mer noggrant! :)


Manny Hej! Jo, jag har läst Mio, min Mio och sett Ronja-filmen - när den kom ut, till och med!

Hm, jag upplevde Ronjas och Birks förhållande som romantiskt - Romeo och Julia med ett lyckligt slut, ungefär - men det kan hända att det går att tolka det på olika sätt...


message 8: by Sofia (new)

Sofia Hehe, ja, somliga av oss var ju inte ens födda på den tiden! ;D

Jag var ju som sagt ganska ung, så jag var väl inte tillräckligt mogen för att tänka så. ...borde nog läsa om den snart!

I alla fall! Tack för diskussionen! :)


Manny Tack själv! :)


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