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The planned-market book - YA fantasy and SF
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The planned-market book
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matril From: matril Date: August 2nd, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel the same way - you coudln't get me to touch those Gossip Girl books with a ten foot pole (and I mourn the loss of all that time and money I wasted on the Babysitters Club - yech) but it doesn't bother me nearly as much that a fantasy would be team-written. I'm not sure if I could articulate exactly why, but at least in part it's probably because even the most market-driven fantasy requires real creativity (except perhaps the money-grubbing Harry Potter knock-offs - and I expect even they have the window-dressing of vague originality), creativity that makes a new world instead of lauding the mundane real world. And I guess my fantasy-loving brain just can't wrap itself around the idea that anyone could work on a fantasy novel and not be giddily enthusiastic about it, rather than just churning it out in a cookie-cutter fashion.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 2nd, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't regret my Nancy Drew days, particularly; those little hardbacks with yellow spines still make me nostalgically happy (I knew I'd like Miss Congeniality from the prologue scene, where Gracie was reading one of them in the schoolyard). But if you asked me now what the plots of even my favorites of them were, I'd draw a blank, as opposed to things like The Secret Garden or The Wizard of Oz or The Black Stallion (first book) that I just devoured.
matril From: matril Date: August 3rd, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have fonder memories of Nancy Drew than Babysitters, perhaps because they were my mom's old books and it was a kind of point of connection for us when I would read them. As hokey and mass-produced as they are, they've at least spanned several generations.

Oo, the Secret Garden - I was just re-reading that the other day, and found it was still entertaining even as an adult. That's the sign of a good children's book. (It has subtle elements of fantasy, after all. ;)
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