Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
I think a lot of younger readers would say the Harry Potter series introduced them to young adult fantasy. Some might say it was Twilight. For my generation and for those older than I am, I think that introductory series would be The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the fantasy book I remember loving all the way back to when I read it in elementary school. C.S. Lewis’s book have influenced the kinds of books I enjoy reading today. I still love a book with dragons, giants, talking animals, shape-shifters, etc., and Lewis has all that and more in the Chronicles of Narnia. I also have a special love for allegory as a result of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
I represent quite a few YA authors, and many of their projects are fantasy. I’m not sure if I would be interested in fantasy books/allegory if I wasn’t introduced to the genre through reading C.S. Lewis. It’s hard to say, but I’m so glad C.S. Lewis wrote those wonderful books. The Chronicles of Narnia can be enjoyed by readers of any age. Young adult fantasy seems to still be that way. The stories are often interesting enough that older readers and parents enjoy the books as well.
What was the first fantasy novel you read and loved? Do you still read young adult fantasy?
Factoid: The very first gift I ever gave to my husband (then boyfriend) was a complete volume of The Chronicles of Narnia. He had never read the books!