Letters: Dec. 13, 1999

THE POKEMON INVASION

"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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