Books Belong To Their Readers

Readers may make of my work whatever they please…The problem with my telling people what I think it means is that my interpretation seems to have some extra authority and that sometimes shuts down debate: if the author himself has said it means X, then it can’t mean Y. Believing as I do in the democracy of reading, I don’t like the sort of totalitarian silence that descends when there is one authoritative reading of any text.

Philip Pullman

This is exactly the reason I have reservations about releasing my own notes with story book apps. Then again, if I were Philip Pullman, there would be plenty of scholars willing to do it for me!

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