Text Patterns - by Alan Jacobs

Friday, April 3, 2015

four categories of novels

1) Those written for young people and of interest and relevance primarily, or exclusively, to young people (e.g., the Sweet Valley High books);

2) Those written for adults and of interest and relevance only to adults (e.g., Nabokov's novels);

3) Those written for adults that are also sufficiently accessible that they can be interesting to young people (e.g., several Dickens novels);

4) Those written for young people that are also sufficiently well-crafted and thoughtful that they can be interesting to adults.

I've been thinking about this again because I recently re-read Diana Wynne Jones's The Magicians of Caprona, which is simply a glorious novel by ay standard you choose to apply. If you haven't read it, please treat yourself as soon as possible.

That is all.

1 comments:

  • I LOVE Diana Wynne Jones, and her novels are the equivalent of comfort food for me, especially Dogsbody. I've read several of the Chrestomancy books but it's been a long time -- I'll have to borrow my kids' set and read the whole thing.

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