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Old v. New

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abr. 25, 2010, 9:01am

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abr. 25, 2010, 6:42pm

It's very sad, and adds to the argument that magic is just fluffy. Personally if a book doesn't have cursing, hexing or something involving body fluids, I tend not to be interested. Each to their own, I guess. If there wasn't a market for the "nice" books, they wouldn't sell. IMHO, however, it creates an unrealistic overview because life is not wholly "nice" and anyone who refuses to acknowledge negative or darker aspects seems, to me, to be kind of 'unbalanced'. It seems to be a very sanitised approach which does not sit well with me. I'd be interested in hearing other people's thought on this, though...any takers?

Editat: abr. 27, 2010, 12:00am

This is the main difference between Traditional Witchcraft and New Age Witchcraft. I'm not saying one is "better" than the other, as both are valid on a personal level. It's up to the individual to decide what is right for them. That said, clearly the former has been around a LOT longer. What bothers me about New Age Witchcraft is that it likes to pretend that it has a patent on witchcraft or that it's the only way to practice. Nonsense. I don't mind if New Age types try to re-invent witchcraft, just as long as they don't try to pass off their version as something old.

Also keep in mind that when it comes to modern books on witchcraft, the number one goal of the publisher is to sell more books, not to inform or be scholarly. Thus, they'll be as non-offensive as possible and spin everything to sound like a Harry Potter novel. If you want solid material, look to books published by universities or the limited edition small press. Both will invariably be more expensive, but it's the price one has to pay for accurate material. Forget large publishing companies.

abr. 26, 2010, 8:46pm

I must admit my choice in books tends towards the academic, published by universities. A lot more expensive, but often much more reliable and informative.

abr. 27, 2010, 12:22am

Just took a peek at your books. You were'nt kidding. Nice collection!

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