Posted by deb on April 02, 2006 at 12:52:08 from 22.214.171.124 user deb.
In Reply to: Re: Children's writers posted by Andy Clayton on April 02, 2006 at 11:37:58:
There is a wonderful sentiment - and it is far too late at night for me to attempt to find who to attribute it to - that says that the best 'children's stories' are not designed explicitly for children but are written because the author has a story to tell to who ever wants to read it.
Is this a philosophy that Ransome attributed to himself or has my brain found its way to bed before the rest of me?
Anyway - when you read a Ransome, its language and the construction of the story certainly fit this philosophy. For example, it is often very difficult to put an age on any of the characters. Some times they could almost be adults but at others their endearing childishness is vital to advance the plot.
A Rowling on the other hand, never forgets that it is a children's book, written explicitly for children. Not that this should stop adults reading it :-) But ask your self - are you likely to read any given Harry Potter more than once or twice? And how many times have you read your favourite Ransome?
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