Superhero Stars of Literature and Film (part 1)

Lyra Belacqua in Golden Compass

Harry Potter.  Pip in Great Expectations.  Cinderella. Lisbeth Salander in the Steig Larrsons Millenium Series.   Batman.  Lyra Belacqua in Philip Pulman’s Northern Lights . James Bond.   Mary in The Secret garden.  Peter Pan. Jane Eyre.  Roald Dahl’s  James in James and The Giant Peach.   Matilda.   Moses. Oedipus from Sophocles plays.  Carrie and her brother in Nina Bawden’s Carrie’s War.  The boys in Michael Morpurgo’s Friend or Foe.  Alem in Benjamin Zephaniah’s Refugee Boy.  Oliver Twist. Tom Sawyer.   Luke Skywalker. Voldemort.  Superman. The X men.  Cassie in The Concubine of  Shanghai by Hong Ying.   Celie from Alice Walkers The Colour Purple and Tracy Beaker.

All of these fictional characters, all these heroes, all these adventurers, all to a man or woman boy or girl who are hurt by their condition, that have spawned a thousand other books, a thousand other films, and whole genres  throughout the twentieth and twenty first century, all of them are foster children, adopted orphaned. To put it another way they are children in care.

Samantha Morton. A child in care. A woman of substance

In my alternate real life I know of guitarists from famous bands,  famous actors and Television  presenters,  top lawyers,  brilliant authors  television executives,  magazine editors, national  journalists, famous singers,  millionaires, star novelists and  Olympic medalists  who were all children in care.

Many fear speaking of it – they have been taught as much –  as if it were Kryptonite. As if to speak the truth of their backgrounds would somehow weaken their standing.   Not English Actress  Samantha Morton. Not I.  (click here for part 2)

1 thought on “Superhero Stars of Literature and Film (part 1)

  1. Dear Lemn, No wonder I loved reading, the fictional world was where I really belonged. As I’ve said before: books saved my life. When I attended from ‘Pip to Potter’, it was like a light bulb illuminating that dark place. What we need now is great big conference with a place for all those fictional and non-fictional heroes. If you needed any help, I’d be more than happy to volunteer.

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