DOI: 10.17265/2159-5836/2014.05.007
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Steven William Schaufele

Abstract: Speculative-fiction stories, in print, often depict families being wrenched apart by overwhelming new forces to which the children are better able to adapt then older generations. In making speculative-fiction movies, however, Hollywood typically offers a more hopeful, comforting image of a family, at the beginning somewhat less than perfect, being restored as a result of those same forces. This paper concentrates on The Spiderwick Chronicles (2003-2004) by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, Susan Cooper's novel…

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