I’ve read that you’ve found American writing to be very important to you and to your development as a writer. I don’t find the high-culture, low-culture divide quite so marked in American literature.
There’s a more popular strain in American writing, even in a lot of literary books.
Were there particular challenges to writing from his point of view? I think the moment that you’re writing fiction that’s not about yourself or someone extremely like you then the challenges are the same.
In my last novel, there were narrators who were not like me.
Nonfiction tends to be better, I think, at this organization.
But sometimes I feel that our fiction culture’s become so decadent and lazy that writers don’t think they have to organize anything.Obviously, there were a couple of exceptions in England, but most of the time I didn’t want to read a lot of that stuff.It grew out of seeing a teen couple who were parents near where I live. Is this how you typically start on a larger narrative?And having a baby seemed like a pretty momentous thing to me.Obviously, it’s not the same when you’re 35, but when you’re 16, it’s really a big deal. I was kind of surprised as I was reading up on the subject by just how many it’s happening to.is Nick Hornby’s first foray into the genre of the young-adult novel, but Hornby’s readers—adult and young-adult alike—will find that they are not on altogether unfamiliar terrain.All of his novels, including (2005), involve, as he says, “situations where ordinary people living relatively ordinary lives get bent out of shape by something quite momentous.” And many of them orbit around narrators who entertain Tony Hawke-esque obsessions.He even went so far as to is your fifth novel, and it’s your first time writing a young-adult novel. I was never quite sure in the process that that’s what I was doing. I think quite a misguided literary culture has grown up in the 20th century that says a book has to have a seriousness of purpose and a seriousness of language.I had spoken to an editor about doing a young-adult book at some stage, and when I had the idea for this book, I wondered whether this was the one. I wasn’t reading the young-adult reviews in newspapers, and my friends weren’t telling me to read the books, so there was no reason really for me to have discovered them. At the same time, I think this literary culture has developed a mistrust of comedy, and also quite often of narrative.Hornby’s own fixation on North London’s Arsenal football team was the subject of Perhaps it is this combination of momentous changes and rich inner worlds that has endowed Hornby’s books with such widespread appeal—every one of his novels has been optioned or made into a film.Or perhaps filmmakers and readers are attracted to his stories’ strong narrative pulse, or the way he balances a difficult situation—depression, heartache, attempted suicide, teen pregnancy—with humor and, ultimately, redemption.