In questi giorni sto sperimentando una sorta di ossessione per Megan Whalen Turner, autrice di una serie fantasy/mitologica per ragazzi, aihmè non ancora tradotta in Italiano.
Sul sito della Harper Collins si può leggere un estratto del primo libro The Thief, e alla fine ho trovato queste righe scritte dalla Turner “A Good Book is a Good Book Forever“:
I think a good book is a good book forever. I don’t think they get less good because times change. If I said that about an adult book , most adults would agree. Look at Shakespeare. What’s funny is that people might not think that it is true for children’s books as well. I think that readers get pushed toward newly published books. Of course the bookstores want you to read the newest books – they need to sell them to you. But look at the library and you will see faced out on the front shelves the new books. It only makes sense to show you what has been added since the last time you were in the library. If you don’t know what is already in the collection and you want to find out, you need to ask a librarian. Say, “I liked Harry Potter, what should I read next?” The Librarian can show you new books and old ones. The disaster comes when the librarian isn’t there. Everybody should have a good librarian in his life, but not everyone does. So what those people see are the new books in bookstores and the new ones in libraries. When I want to buy someone a present, what do I get? Usually a new book, unless I know them really well. Obviously, I want to get them something they haven’t already read. So new books push the old ones aside. I’d like to make an argument for some great old books. It astonished me that some books last as long as they do.
Un pensiero così semplice e così ben scritto (anche se non valido per le biblioteche italiane dove forse abbiamo il problema opposto).
Se iniziate a leggere il libro e vi incuriosite vi segnalo che il finale è assolutamente geniale (ma on-line non lo troverete) e Gen (Eugenides) qualche giorno fa nello YA FANTASY SHOWDOWN che sta sconvolgendo la blogosphera ha vinto una battaglia fondamentale contro Howl Jenkins (si proprio lui del Castello Errante di Howl di Diana Wynne Jones e del film di Miyazaki).