Thursday, December 15, 2011

UK vs. US, Fantasy vs. Science Fiction

The British may have lost their empire, but their fantasy - especially YA (young adult) fantasy - is still tops, and it has been for decades. Potter and His Dark Materials are just the latest in  a long line of fantasies like The Dark Is Rising, the Prydain Chronicles, The Once and Future King, and the works of Diana Wynne Jones.

The US has a tradition of YA in speculative fiction as well. But for us, it's science fiction, not fantasy: the Heinlein juvies like Space Cadet, The Star Beast, and Tunnel in the Sky;  Andre Norton Murray Leinster, Isaac Asimov - they all wrote YA-SF.

I wonder why it separated out like that...

No comments:

Post a Comment