Letters: Dec. 13, 1999


"Kids fall in love with Pokemon because it presents youth as dignified and important, something young people desperately want." MILDRED VONHILDEGARDE Narrowsburg, N.Y.

Your article on the Pokemon craze [ARTS, Nov. 22] noted many of the reasons that children are drawn to this imaginary world of battling pocket monsters--the charm of the characters, the addictiveness of the game, the challenge of collecting the cards and a child's innate urge to acquire. But one of the most powerful aspects of this phenomenon is Ash, the hero of the TV series. He attains something real children yearn for--independence and control...

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