The Valley of Never
September 10, 2018 1:33 PM   Subscribe

The Valley of Never
A personal essay on the frustrations and promise of Jean M. Auel's The Valley of Horses and Earth's Children series.
Role: writer
posted by Countess Elena (2 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by ITheCosmos on September 27, 2018: "A chance to imagine, free from the laughter of boys or men"

Thanks for that. I read Auel's books as a teenager and loved them. Now, whenever I think of them I do feel somewhat mocking towards them, but I don't know why. Okay, so it isn't historically accurate, but I don't think it was ever expected to be, it was a fantasy history story. And if we are okay with exceptional male heroes who create everything why do we so object when female characters do the same.

I guess it is the same as so many other things, things for male consumption are awesome, but lets mock things women enjoy.
I never actually got around to reading the last book published, but maybe it is time to revisit Ayla's story.
posted by Fence at 9:29 AM on September 16, 2018

Thank you, Fence!
posted by Countess Elena at 7:15 AM on September 18, 2018

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