Why are all the episodes with chariots written by Lauren Faust or Mitch Larson? Sorry Amy!
Ryan Markey has posted an interview with Amy Keating Rogers on Chariots of Salvation, and despite the, uh, interesting title of the blog, the interview is insightful and written with care. Thanks to The Round Stable for the heads up.
“When I write, my primary concern is the children that will be watching the show,” she said. “Having children myself, I try to write things that I feel would be appropriate and that I wouldn’t mind my kids watching. I also have the network Standards and Practices to take into account for any show. Each show has different guidelines that I must be aware of while writing. Some shows let you push the boundaries while others are more strict. Finally, I take into account the parents that are watching with their kids. I always throw in humor that the adults will get a kick out of, while staying appropriate for kids at the same time. But if I laugh at it, I figure other adults will too!”
In the ensuing paragraphs they go into detail about My Little Pony, BronyCon, and the way conflict and confrontation can be handled in a kids’ show in a constructive and instructive way. Later, the author and Amy Keating Rogers herself reflect on the stigma of kids’s shows and literature:
Is it bad for adults to watch and be impacted by a children’s show? Not at all, if they benefit from it. C. S. Lewis once said, “Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence.”
“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”