At 08:36 AM 5/21/2001 , Steve Schaper wrote:
>Is there any language about 'in the spirit of the Inklings'? Could it be
>any clearer that Pullman hates and opposes the Inklings?
To hold your religious/spiritual/aesthetic beliefs passionately and have
them be behind everything you write (not necessarily indoctrination or
propaganda) is very much in the spirit of the Inklings. Those beliefs do
not necessarily have to be the same as the Inklings'.
Perhaps Pullman does indeed go too far - I am not interested enough in his
work to tell - but to disagree with the Inklings does not itself mean that
you are not in their spirit.
By contrast, to believe exactly what an Inkling believed ("an Inkling"
rather than "the Inklings" because they are not identical) but to reproduce
it mechanically and unimaginatively, as any number of Tolclones and Narnia
clones have done, is not in the spirit of the Inklings at all. Any author
of quality whose beliefs do resemble those of the Inklings will certainly
differ from any of them at least as much as they differed from each other.
Diane Joy Baker wrote,
>> Well! So much for Mr Philip Pullman!
> Yeah, but what about the YA list? Did he make that one? ---djb
Nobody else seems to have pointed this out, so I will: Ellie Farrell's
original post included the finalists for all four awards.