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 often asked whether the stories about Lyra are children’s books or not, because apparently, they don’t seem like it. Sometimes categories like children’s book seem like the idea of species in the era before Darwin: divisions that are fixed, essential, ordained by God. But labels such as true crime, biography, fiction in translation, children’s books, travel, mind body and spirit and so on are there to help publicists, booksellers, librarians, marketing researchers, literary editors, and (ultimately) accountants. They were not developed to help writers. Our job is to tell the story as well as we can, not to decide how to sell it or work out which shelf to put it on; that’s someone else’s job. Northern Lights and its successors were initially marketed for children, reviewed by children’s literature experts, sold in children’s bookshops, confined to children’s libraries and so on, not because that was what I had wanted or intended or hoped for, but because they were published by a children’s publisher, so they had to be categorised as children’s books, for reasons that had more to do with algorithms than with anything else.”
The level he’s making is legitimate as a result of classifying books into genres can restrict the readership of a novel. His Dark Materials is classed as a kids’s e-book, regardless of having moderately heavy themes that the majority would actually respect after a sure age, Pullman can also be thought-about a fantasy author which he would not appear glad about; for he mentioned within the article. “Surely it should be possible to write fantasy (if that was what this was: I still don’t like that term) so as to embody a theme from the real 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 may all be. Harry Potter creator J.Okay. Rowling too mentioned 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 will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”