I’M SUCH TRASH HOW DID I MISS THIS IN MY INBOX??? Anyway, I’m responding publicly because Briar Moss is so fucking important, oh my god.
Like, Circle of Magic are books about children, for children, and they’re just so positive?? The importance of choosing to surround yourself with good people over staying with people who don’t necessarily have the best in mind for you?? And all the mentors are so positive in their own ways?? Every kid is unique and well-developed and their personalities/views are all so different??
And back to Feminist Briar Moss. That was so fucking important for me to read when I was young and impressionable, this tough kid street rat, a typical machismo archetype, and he’s surrounded by well-written, capable female characters, taught by them and nurtured by them and raised alongside them, and he loves them all so much? He doesn’t distance himself as “the guy” and his masculinity doesn’t feel threatened by being around them? He accepts and thrives around these female characters, and it feels so natural and do you know how important that is for young kids to see??? Gosh, I just have so many feelings about Briar Moss and his portrayal in the Circle of Magic books. It’s just an important portrayal of a male character, especially a young one, that you don’t see very often. It’s important because you don’t see it very often.