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101 Dalmatians

I'm reading it. I love it. This week has been too full for reading anything heavier. At such times I often default to classics or to children's books, most often familiar ones. But this is a new one for me. It's different enough from the movie to feel new, but close enough to feel familiar.

I like to go to the prairie or to Narnia when I feel overwhelmed. I fought off grief with Elizabeth and Darcy. Really, I've done that more than once.

Do you ever run away to fictional friends and locales when the world is a bit too much?

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14 thoughts on “101 Dalmatians”

  1. I totally do this–with princess books mostly…if it has a girl in a pretty corseted dress on the cover, or purports to in any way be about the women of any european/british court of the Tudor time period (or just before or after), I’m there. Take me to a place with no cancer and many pretty dresses, please. 🙂 The more dancing (which means more dresses!) and court intrigue, the better!

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  2. Absolutely! Harry Potter works, or Gail Godwin’s “Evensong” (although I loaned it out and it hasn’t been returned) or Madeleine L’Engle’s books. Not so many kid books around these days, but I used to read whatever the kids had on hand.

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  3. my go-to’s are often madeleine’s books, too; and i feel a mega-reread of laurie king’s mary russell novels coming on soon. definitely hp and percy jackson, narnia and tolkien, and sometimes even nancy drew. you mentioned the prairie and unleashed a huge wave of nostalgia for me! i think i’m going to have to reread little house, too! in reality, though, i think i regularly use almost *any* novel-reading as escape. i think i like those female characters who are observant and determined; perhaps i feel it equips me to go back to reality, reminds me of what kind of person i want to be.

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  4. I find comfort with Anne on Prince Edward Island, and with the March girls in Concord, and recently with the Girl of the Limberlost. I didn’t even know 101 Dalmations was based on a book!!

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  5. I’ve been immersed in Jamie and Claire (the Outlander series) since September just so I’d be up to speed for Diana Gabaldon’s newest book, An Echo in the Bone! Yep, I re-read all six books… whew! What a nice escape though, especially while on the treadmill.

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  6. The “real” 101 Dalmatians story is FABULOUS… I remember finding it in my elementary school library and thinking it was the most amazing treasure… That is a real gem of a lifetime. Cruella and her pepper, the extra character of the liver-spotted Perdita to wash the puppies, finding Prince at the end, the cat who helped them shred Cruella’s furs, the “miracle” that gets them home in time for Christmas…

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  7. So many of the ones you have mentioned…Gabaldon, L’Engle, Gene Stratton Porter (who wrote the Limberlost and many other books)…and the Church of England novels by Susan Howatch.
    Aaahhh.

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  8. yep – all of the above – not as often as I would like, but always nice to know they are there waiting for me. I’ll add Max Lucado’s children’s books when I’m feeling too bogged down in the theological world – Just in Case You Ever Wonder always brings a good tear

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  9. Yes, I was going to say Evensong! (But I think my fascination with that particular protagonist has always been less about escapism and more about dreaming a dream that seems about to come true.)

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  10. Totally. Elizabeth and Darcy are my favorites too. I have books I read when I need to get mad at something, books I read when I’m feeling melancholy, books I read when I feel sad. I am not stranger to escapism.

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  11. I rarely reread fiction but I regularly “take off” with fiction. Almost any kind will work. I learned that skill when I sat out PE and recess (several times for a whole quarter) in elementary school.

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