June 21st, 2008

fairy

Kindred spirits

I was watching some of the extra stuff that comes on the DVD for the Golden Compass, (a movie I enjoyed a lot) and I heard Phillip Pullman say that as he was working on the story, at one point he realized that because it was a fantasy he could do anything he wanted to do.

I could identify! I find fantasy a very liberating genre to work in, even more than science fiction. I also thought it was interesting that Pullman wrote not just YA but actually children's books. There was a tremendous fuss in the UK when The Amber Spyglass became the first children's book to win the Whitbread Prize. It also won the Whitbread for best Children's Book that year, so it's not like they were saying it wasn't a children's book.