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Putting the Magic Back Into Young Ad
ult Fantasy

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Summary:
As the market becomes saturated wit
h young adult fantasy books in the
"Harry Potter" mold, how long will
it be before the genre loses its ma
gic?
Keywords:
Putting the Magic Back Into Young Ad
ult Fantasy

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As the market becomes saturated wit
h young adult fantasy books in the
"Harry Potter" mold, how long will
it be before the genre loses its ma
gic?

"If, like me, you've noticed that t
he spell being cast by the latest c
rop of young adult fantasy novels i
s becoming less potent, it seems a
fair question to ask," said R.J. Ni
mmo, a young adult novelist and exp
ert on entertainment for children.

Nimmo doesn't dispute the continued
 popularity of the sword-and-sorcer
y retreads out there.

"Nonetheless, assorted witches, dji
nn and goblins risk succumbing to t
hat well-known pitfall of every suc
cessful celebrity from boy bands to
 Britney: overexposure," he said.

Nimmo says the genre's rise in popu
larity was initially due to J.K. Ro
wling's wildly successful "Harry Po
tter" series and was further compou
nded by the success of the "Dark Ma
terials" trilogy by Philip Pullman.

"They are all fantastic books - gen
uinely fun and original," Nimmo sai
d. "The problem is the market is be
coming saturated. One more insipid
'Harry Potter' clone may be one too
 many."

So how can parents find worthwhile
reading choices that their kids - w
hose appetites for fantasy fiction
show no sign of abating - will want
 to open and read?

"The trick is to find books for chi
ldren and young adults where the fa
ntasy genre elements are infused as
 part of historical-inspired storie
s, thus sharpening the emotional, i
ntellectual and educational edge,"
Nimmo said.

"The Ancient Egyptian Ennead," Nimm
o's latest myth-inspired novel set
in Egypt in the time of the pharaoh
s, promises to do just that.

"The magic in my books is something
 readers can identify with: the mag
ic of learning about ancient civili
zations, gods, myths and monsters,"
 he said. "It's the way forward for
 an increasingly lackluster genre.
I want to put the magic back in the
 hands of the reader."

				
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