Harry Potter and Robin Hood: a dream combination?
June 02, 2016
Our recent survey has revealed that Harry Potter and Robin Hood would be the nation’s favourite literary mash-up!
We commissioned some research for the final week to enter the National Young Writers’ Awards and discovered that a quarter (24%) of people asked named Harry Potter and Robin Hood as the characters they’d most like to see star together in a literary mash-up – when two genres combine.
This was closely followed by the daring James Bond with the doggy dealing nightmare, Cruella de Vil (20%), and cinematic hero Indiana Jones with fairy-tale legend, Snow White (19%).
The theme of this year’s National Young Writers’ Awards is ‘mash-up’ where children are challenged to write a 500-word story where two genres collide. Judged by best-selling author of the Ruby Redfort and Charlie & Lola series of books, Lauren Child, kids from all over the UK are competing for a trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 worth of books for their school. The deadline for entries is Tuesday 7th June.
The nation’s favourite literary mash-ups were named as follows:
- Harry Potter and Robin Hood
- James Bond and Cruella de Vil
- Indiana Jones and Snow White
- Jack Sparrow and Ellen Ripley (Alien)
- Forrest Gump and Frankenstein
- Jon Snow (Game of Thrones) and Alice in Wonderland
- Han Solo (Star Wars) and The White Witch (Narnia)
- Wolverine and Winnie the Pooh
- Doctor Who and Cinderella
- Batman and Jane Eyre
And when it comes to the nation’s favourite genres:
- Fairy Tale
We were also delighted to find out that seven to 10-year-olds love reading the most, with 87% of children having asked for a book as a present! The grand old tradition of reading bedtime stories is still alive and well with 39% of parents of children aged four to 11 reading with their child every night. Just over one in 10 (14%) said they did once a week and just 7% said they never did at all.
Carey Ann Dodah, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning says: “It’s wonderful to see that parents and children alike still love reading. No matter how busy our lives are, it’s essential to take the time to get lost in a good book and let your imagination fly!”
“It’s also very interesting to see that we are a nation of thrill-seekers; keen on stories that keep us on the edge of our seats. The fact that people would most like to read a mash-up of the literary heroes of Harry Potter and Robin Hood show they have a very vivid imagination and we hope this will spur on lots of entries into our fantastic writing competition!”
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