In an interview with The Guardian, creator Philip Pullman spoke on how he by no means had a style in thoughts whereas writing it and bemoaned the categorisation of fiction into genres.
“I’m typically requested whether or not the tales about Lyra are youngsters’s books or not, as a result of apparently, they don’t appear to be it. Generally classes like youngsters’s e-book appear to be the thought of species within the period earlier than Darwin: divisions which can be fastened, important, ordained by God. However labels akin to true crime, biography, fiction in translation, youngsters’s books, journey, thoughts physique and spirit and so forth are there to assist publicists, booksellers, librarians, advertising and marketing researchers, literary editors, and (in the end) accountants. They weren’t developed to assist writers. Our job is to inform the story in addition to we are able to, to not determine tips on how to promote it or work out which shelf to place it on; that’s another person’s job. Northern Lights and its successors had been initially marketed for youngsters, reviewed by youngsters’s literature consultants, offered in youngsters’s bookshops, confined to youngsters’s libraries and so forth, not as a result of that was what I had needed or supposed or hoped for, however as a result of they had been printed by a youngsters’s writer, in order that they needed to be categorised as youngsters’s books, for causes that had extra to do with algorithms than with anything.”
The purpose he’s making is legitimate as a result of classifying books into genres can restrict the readership of a novel. His Darkish Supplies is classed as a youngsters’s e-book, regardless of having reasonably heavy themes that the majority would actually admire after a sure age, Pullman can also be thought-about a fantasy author which he would not appear completely happy about; for he stated within the article. “Certainly it ought to be attainable to write down fantasy (if that was what this was: I nonetheless don’t like that time period) in order to embody a theme from the actual world?”
The classification of fantasy additionally appears infantile to some and it is a pity as a result of the e-book explores the best way faith, science and spirituality may be at odds with one another with out euphamising how harmful it might all be. Harry Potter creator J.Ok. Rowling too stated she wasn’t considering of a specific age group whereas writing her novel and Narnia creator C.S. Lewis finest summarised within the dedication of the primary e-book,'”…some day you can be sufficiently old to begin studying fairy tales once more.”