I could go on, but I'd like to stop right there and argue that in order to write a book that is excellent, helpful, thought provoking, and true, we need to preach.
- Thought provoking
"I dislike his [CS Lewis's] Narnia books because of the solution he offers to the great questions of human life: is there a God, what is the purpose, all that stuff, which he really does engage with pretty deeply, unlike Tolkien who doesn't touch it at all.
"The Lord of the Rings' is essentially trivial. Narnia is essentially serious, though I don't like the answer Lewis comes up with. If I was doing it at all [in the His Dark Materials trilogy], I was arguing with Narnia. Tolkien is not worth arguing with."
“We learn from Macbeth’s fate that killing is horrible for the killer as well as victim,” he [
] said, before reading a passage from “Emma,” by Jane Austen, in which the heroine is mortified when Mr. Knightley reproaches her for mocking poor, garrulous Miss Bates. The scene, Pullman said, shows that, "we can learn what’s good and what’s bad, what’s generous and unselfish, what’s cruel and mean, from fiction”; there is no need to consult scripture. As Pullman once put it in a newspaper column, “‘Thou shalt not’ might reach the head, but it takes ‘Once upon a time’ to reach the heart.” Pullman