Fwd: LeGuin interview
- From Book Magazine: http://www.bookmagazine.com/issue12/trailblazer.shtml
The Master on This Year's Model
This year's phenomenon of publishing, J.K Rowling's Harry Potter books, both
pleases and puzzles Ursula Le Guin.
"I'm glad kids are reading," she says. "But when grownups sit around saying
that there's never been anything like Harry Potter, well, gee, I had a
wizard school in 1968 (in A Wizard of Earthsea). These people simply haven't
been reading this stuff. They've been sneering at fantasy until the huge
success of a fantasy made them read it.
"And then they say there's nothing like this, and it breaks my heart. When I
think of all the great fantasies around. And [J.K.] Rowling has certainly
read me; it's obvious she's read me."
To Le Guin, J.R.R. Tolkien, with The Lord of the Rings, remains the model to
follow. "The top," she says unequivocally. "Anyone who wants to write
fantasy has to have read him."
-- Ellen Emry Heltzel
- Here's an interesting article - I know the author very slightly - by a
man who recently read The Lord of the Rings for himself for the first
time, sustained only by memories of hearing the book read aloud as a
child long ago. He found it disappointing, but I think his comments are
thoughtful. I wrote a reply, which I'll share later.