However, as often happens, life dictates its own rules, today Vytautas is difficult to imagine without writing. On the experience of how knowledge changes ignorance and vice versa on the importance of creativity in childhood and adolescence Vytautas tales in early December at the Children's Literature Festival on Christmas Island, and today share reflections on why it would be difficult to live without tales of fairy.
– Vytautas, why do the tales occupy such an important place in our lives – children and adults?
There are many reasons why they are important. First of all – fairy tales awakens curiosity and fantasy. And that is – the essential qualities of a happy person. Second, I find magical things in them – by reading, you can not only learn more about yourself, but also reprogram them. Transplant to another, feel and understand, live in another "coat". Fairy tales are an important form of psychotherapy, self-awareness and engaging. Not to mention the knowledge of the world.
"So, creating stories, do you write them not just for children?"
"I often think of parents going to read their children, and look, I'm confused. Critics say then – Think of your audience. And he asks: Who are your short stories for? My stories are for parents and children. Each has things that are not for the child. Or – a very mature child. The book on rudniosuk was chosen as the best children's book of the year, but in school days I started writing it not for children. Students, friends, friends of the course.
Each has things that are not for the child. Or – a very mature child.
– What kind of stories did you like the most in childhood?
"The fabulous tradition of our family has always been alive. With our parents and grandparents, we not only follow them but also improvise, we make the most of our stories. This helped me and tried to pass this skill on to my children as well. Dad had a great sense of humor, sometimes even black humor crawled when we talked about problems with my kids sins. We came to them from afar, all and often speaking, just about all the things we had fun in the fairy tale.
– You understand: Dad knows what you did, but it does not open!
"In our nights, before bed, a tale was necessary. We read or create them ourselves. I've been reading six and I have my dad's entire library open. It contained a lot of good literature among children's wars, which in Soviet times was harder to reach and find. Well, even books about Tarzan or Algimantas, for example.
"When did the tales begin to develop in your mind?"
"The tale is a joke of Destiny or Divine. I did not intend to write them, I wanted to be a very serious adult writer or director. But in my mood, my first book on rudnosiuk was recognized as "childish." Success, you do not want, attention – oh, here it is, fate gives you the opportunity on the plate. Picking it up, one of many, but without planning, becomes the most important thing. It only happens later that the uninitiated are consistent with my inner game, even with educational settings.
"Where do your characters come from?" They are all very different.
– Each character has its own story. The Rudnosiukas came from a nostalgic childhood character – Vytautas Nemunelis Rudnosiukas. I was missing him, so I started to play what would happen if the Rudnosiukas continued to exist? After a while, I realized that each topic would uncover a certain archetype. If you want to write about fear, Mother Zita appears – a sign of fear, attention and silence. You do not do this deliberately, it comes from our folklore.
– You have organized a creative fairy tale for ten years, you have seen how the children are changing. What is the relationship between contemporary children and fairy tales and, in general, creativity?
"The relationship is getting more complicated. Literature and the word end in a strong competitive struggle against the image. Children's camps are easy to gather at movie camps, and the story shop needs to be prepared properly. When they find a camp they can control the word and this is a very interesting field of creativity, opinions change.
Obviously, a generation of less readership comes. Even fairy tales are written today from simple and brief phrases, and in my youth it was customary to look for longer descriptions, say, the meaning of nature's equivalent. The next generation is the children of the future so you can not pull them back, none of them will write like John Biliūnas. So you need to learn from them – with their excellent technological knowledge, they also offer a quick reaction to literary decisions. And sometimes the answer to the question has come to me – how will the children accept a new job? I often tell them what I'm beginning to write at the time, I'm testing.
A couple of years ago, playing, improvising, tried to move Eglé the queen of the locusts to the inter-war period, we created a movie script. The children began to say things so beautiful that after that, I had been writing two years ago, "The Queen of Rocks," a little confidence in these improvisations. A fertile and fruitful space when you see the future reader, understands what he wants to accept and what he rejects.
"Do your children follow your children's tales?" Or maybe all the fairy tales left in the family for Grandma?
– The word in our house, the book is loved. As the three elders already raise their children, I see how, day by day, they play games for books.
Gabriel's children are fanatics, book readers, swaddlers, in every language, beautiful to behold. These children will be different for the future, Lithuania will become an open country to the world. Elena and John, who grow smaller, also see that they are reading every night or live bands of short stories. I am happy with this tradition, I hope it will last for a long time, although … everything in this world is changing, and traditions are creating new ones.
Children's and Children's Literature Festival "Children's Christmas Island" will be held from December 7 to 9 in the House of Teachers of Vilnius. The event is free. The festival is sponsored and partially funded by the city council of Vilnius. The festival is supported by the Lithuanian Culture Council.