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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.

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Jun. 21st, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
I have a difficult time writing fantasy. I love to watch it, next to science fiction it draws my attention more than anything else, but when it comes down to putting things on paper (or computer :D ) I draw a blank.

I find fantasy has no rules, whereas with science fiction, there aren't that many, but things have to make more sense. But that's just my opinion.
Jun. 21st, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
I used to think that, but I find that good fantasy does have rules. A story just doesn't work well without them. The challenge for the writer it so define them from within the story, so they reader knows what they are, and then to have the protagonist finish his quest/resolve his problem/kill the dragon in a way that doesn't break the rules. The writer gets to make the rules but even he/she can't break them. Otherwise, the reader feels cheated.
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