“Literature can take a longer look at something than just a quick snapshot.
“I remember when Lady Chatterley’s Lover [the D.H. Lawrence novel initially banned in the UK for its allegedly risqué content] was being passed around school…
“There seemed to be mutual respect and tenderness [in the sex scenes] that seem to be absent on the internet.”
But Pullman, whose novels won a huge following among both children and adults, disagreed with the idea that literature could be divided into children’s books and adults’ books.
“I’m a bit wary of this idea of books written for young people,” he said. “People will find their own books, whatever they say they’re written for.”
He has previously argued that all children should be taught Bible verses and fairy tales as modern families are too distracted by television and the internet to tell their own stories.