“my main interest as a story-teller is in the way that real people behave in different situations, what it really means to be a human being”

I think of myself as a realist, not a fantasist at all, because my main interest as a story-teller is in the way that real people behave in different situations, what it really means to be a human being. If I write fantasy, it’s only because by using the mechanisms of fantasy, I can say something a little bit more vividly about, for example, the business of growing up.

Philip Pullman, interviewed in imagine … Philip Pullman: Angels and Daemons
(also see review of the programme here)

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