About two weeks before the signing at Conley’s Books and Music (Event Recap: Conley’s Books and Music with Christopher Paolini), I was reading The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix. I discovered that the novel is very different from its Disney movie adaptation, and much sadder too. What really kept me reading the book was how well the author got into the characters’ minds. The story alters from Tod’s point of view and Copper’s. Unlike the movie, Tod and Copper are not anthropomorphic, meaning they have no human intellect. As I read how Tod is trying to outsmart his predators or learning how to spring the Man’s traps, I can get a clear mind what a real fox would be thinking; the same way how Copper is deciding if the scent he finds is really taking him to where he should go. I really loved how Mannix made you enter the world of a fox or bloodhound. You get a clear idea how other animals think in such a way I thought was impossible.
After I had finished reading The Fox and the Hound, my brother insisted that I should watch Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the book by Roald Dahl. After watching the movie, I started to think about the recent books I have read. I realized how many times I have read about foxes.
One book series I enjoyed reading was Brian Jacques’s Redwall series. The story focuses on anthropomorphic (again meaning humanized) mice, squirrels, rats, badgers, and of course… foxes. In fact, the foxes were my second favorite creatures in the series behind badgers.
There are several other books and movies that I have enjoyed that revolved around foxes. I still like Disney’s version of The Fox and the Hound. When I started to notice this pattern with foxes, I realized that I actually like foxes in general. I never had trouble with foxes getting into our family’s chicken coop (though I might if the situation ever happens), and I find their vocal calls interesting. So what can I say? I enjoy reading about foxes. Who knows? I may decide to mention foxes in The Tales of Draco.
If you are interested in some of the books or movies mentioned in this blog, you can search them online: The Fox and the Hound (just a reminder that this book has a very sad ending) and Mattimeo: A Tale from Redwall.