Ursula K. Le Guin on YA and Fantasy

A short essay worth reading.

It seems to me that what I write about—like most novelists—is people making mistakes and people—other people or the same people—trying to prevent or correct those mistakes, while inevitably making more mistakes.



There are many metaphors beside battle, many choices besides war, and most ways of doing good do not, in fact, involve killing anybody. Fantasy is good at thinking about those other ways.

Also, it looks as if Very Far Away From Anyplace Else is being reissued this spring! This is a lovely, lovely non-fantasy YA story of hers that I discovered in high school, possibly one of her least known works, and fairly different from the other things she’s written.

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