The verdict on whether the His Dark Materials series are children’s books or belong in the young adult tag:
12 people voted for young adult, 6 for children’s, 5 said that it should be in both tags, and the majority of you agree that it’s a tricky one.
(We should definitely get into that larger discussion some time: when does a book cross the line between children’s and young adult literature?)
The trouble of having both a ‘children’s literature’ and a ‘young adult’ tag is that the line between the two can be a bit murky sometimes, and now I just don’t know what to tag the His Dark Materials series.
What do you guys think? Is His Dark Materials a children’s series or does it belong in the young adult tag?
Fifty Book Recommendations [10/50] The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
“We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not, or die of despair…death will sweep through all the worlds; it will be the triumph of despair, forever. The universes will all become nothing more than interlocking machines, blind and empty of thought, feeling, life…”
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His Dark Materials | Phillip Pullmanthe golden compass, subtle knife and amber spyglass
Corruption and envy and lust for power. Cruelty and coldness. A vicious probing curiousity. Pure, poisonous, toxic malice. You have never from your earliest years shown a shred of compassion for sympathy or kindness without calculating how it would return to your advantage. You have tortured and killed without regret or hesitation; you have betrayed and intrigued and gloried in your treachery. You are a cess-pit of moral filth.
Had she thought there was no meaning in life, no purpose, when God had gone? Yes, she had thought that.
"Well, there is now," she said aloud, and again, louder: "There is now!"
His Dark Materials | Folio Society
“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.”
- Phillip Pullman