Friday, 11 February 2011
So, the enfant terrible of the British literary world has done it again... And how awkward that I have to bring this up after an earlier blog posts that lauds the efforts of children's publishers *sigh*
Apparently Mr Amis believes that writing for children means having to talk down to his audience. He says: "I say, 'If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children's book', but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you're directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are intolerable."
"If I had a serious brain injury...."
Yes, you read that right.
How insulting to ALL children's authors writing today!
And I would like to direct Mr Amis to authors like Philip Pullman, Garth Nix and Diane Duane. These consistently write fiction that NEVER talk down to children - in fact, Philip Pullman deals with complicated physics theories and a discussion on the nature of God!
I find it utterly disgusting that an author with the profile of Mr Martin Amis would sneer so at an extremely important body of literary work.
I am firmly on the side of children's authors and believe they do sterling work, introducing children to ideas of death, loss, religion and science.
Mr Amis should be utterly ashamed of himself.