J.R.R.Tolkien "On Matters of Style and Audience"
A DIFFERENCE OF STYLES
As mentioned earlier, Tolkien was not only a master of adult fantasy literature, but of children's literature as well. His style varied greatly, depending on the audience he envisioned for his writings. For his books for children, Tolkien primarily wrote in simple English. As opposed to his eloquent and high-brow prose and poem in the Lord of the Rings and other fantasy novels, his works for children employed a very humorous approach to drive home his point. Remember, Tolkien had written the stories for his children.
One example of such a story is Mr. Bliss. It is a complete and highly imaginative tale of eccentricity. Mr. Bliss, a man notable for his immensely tall hats and for the girabbit in his garden, decided to buy a car. But his first drive to visit friends quickly became a catalogue of disasters. Some of these could be blamed on Mr. Bliss' style of driving, but even he could not anticipate being hi-jacked by three bears (Mr. Bliss. www.tolkienlibrary.com).
The tone of his writing in his children's books is immensely dissimilar to his high-handed prose in The Lord of The Rings, The Silmarillion and other later works. But even in this difference, Tolkien had written a story that would later on become popular with young adults. Despite the archaic language, Tolkien's Middle Earth had succeeded in creating a "fairy tale" that would capture the hearts and minds of fans throughout generations. As a critic had said so scathingly, The Lord of The Rings is essentially a children's book - a children's book which has somehow got out of hand (Tolkien for Young Adults - Tolkien Society. www.tolkiensociety.com).
- Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, Chando and Wittus, 1964 (originally published in 1932), 213 pp.
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