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Guardian children

April 30, 2011

Looks interesting:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site

Philip Pullman

To be honest, I was actually looking for Harriet Lane’s article, “Pullman’s Progress” (The Observer, 10th October, 2004), because I liked what Pullman said about discovering the voice for His Dark Materials:On it, by the by, Heather Brewer, author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd, writes  “Vampires are an excellent metaphor for many things, which contributes to people wanting to read about them in order to explore the human condition. But what it boils down to is that we, as a society, have tasted the dark side, and we liked the flavor of it so much that we can’t stay away.”

“When he found Lyra, he finally found his storytelling voice. It took him ages to write the first chapter of Northern Lights, but after 16 drafts, he was on safe ground at last. ‘I’d never written in that tone before. It was sombre, it was cold, and there was a sense of spaciousness. I much prefer to be the omniscient narrator, which is part of the old fairytale tradition and the 19th-century novel tradition: the thing Modernism got away from. Suddenly I had enormous freedom. I didn’t expect that. You see, I’m not a fantasy fan. I’m uneasy to think I write fantasy.'”

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