On optimism

Tanaquil2 at aol.com Tanaquil2 at aol.com
Wed Dec 15 03:25:55 EST 1999


In a message dated 12/15/99 12:15:22 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
hedberg at vermontel.net writes:
 
>from the Maureen Kincaid Speller interview with DWJ, BSFA meeting 6/97,
>taken from the DWJ fanzine at:
>http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/2162/lives/interview.html :
>
>Question: Do you have a very optimistic world view? Your books do have a
>      happy ending one way or another.
>
>Well, not altogether! But I don't think that books actually reflect life. I
>think books are a
>blueprint for what life should be, and what your mind should do when you're
>working towards
>living. And it seems to me that a happy ending is essential to aim for. If
>you're going to set out
>into life or any venture and not think you can succeed, you might as well
>stop! It is very, very
>important, particularly with younger people, that you should never really
>think that life is a
>bitch. I mean everybody knows that life can be a bitch, but books,
>particularly fantasy books,
>are not about what life is, but what life should be, could be, can be, and
>the way you look
>towards what you might be doing next. It seems to me that the function of
>books like that is to
>lift you from the despair that your actual experience might well cause you.

        Ah!  Once more our beloved DWJ has hit the nail on the head!  Dontcha 
just love her???

Max
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