Being a Children’s Librarian I have a wonderful excuse for dabbling in chidren’s fiction:
“Hey, it’s my job!”
Of course, I wouldn’t let not being a Children’s Librarian stop me from enjoying my favourite authors, but it’s a good excuse for those who…. just don’t understand.
Eoin Colfer (it’s pronounced Owen), author of the very smart Artemis Fowl series as well as a bunch of equally well written, engaging books for children and teens is one of these favourites that some adults can’t take seriously. That he’s never written a book for adults I always thought was a shame because he is such a clever writer, far superior to many bestsellers and could certainly be appeciated by a wider audience.
And then he was asked to write a sixth book to Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, a trilogy in five parts.
“My first reaction was semi-outrage that anyone should be allowed to tamper with this incredible series,”
Fortunately he got over his first feellings of outrage and accepted the challenge of filling the keys on Douglas Adam’s Mac and has since released And another thing…
Of course there was a few people who didn’t like the idea of anyone and especially Eoin writing And another thing… and made their righteous indignation felt including a Anti-Eoin Colfer sites and Campaign on Facebook; which Eoin very quickly joined.
For those who have reservations about Eoin taking on such a beloved series remeber he was an impressionable 13 year old when the first book came out in 1979. He’s a fan, a bigger fan than most of us as he’s made a living following in Douglas’ footsteps. If anyone was going to do the series justice it would be the author of the Artemis Fowl series.
Six years after Eoin was spellbound by Arthur Dent’s adventures I also discovered that universe of outrageous aliens. I am forever thankful to Eoin for continuing the journey not just through space and time but from my childhood and back again. And for the fact that I can now share one of my favourite authors with adults that think his books couldn’t be read seriously by anyone over the age of 18.