YotG, no plot spoilers

M Elizabeth Parks meparks at mtholyoke.edu
Tue Dec 19 12:43:17 EST 2000

Oh, good, you're all talking again.  I was beginning to feel like I'd
killed the discussion. . . <g> stranger things have happened.

Before YotG: I was thinking about the Grinch thing, and I just want to say
two things and see what kind of response I get.  Harry
Potter.  Commercialism.

On YotG: I was thinking about the nature of sequels.  I find myself
predisposed to not like sequels.  It's like they say in one of the Scream
movies (I think the second), sequels don't tend to be as good.    Of
course, that depends on wheter it's a standalone book that has a sequel
added (especially when you can tell it's being done mostly for the money,
a la Forrest Gump sequel), or the second book in a planned multibook
set.  I also find that I tend to be wary of new books, especially new
DWJ.  I went in to "Mixed Magics" with a lot more wariness than I did
"Christopher Chant" even though with both of them I'd had good experiences
with the earlier books in that line, just because Christopher Chant had
been published quite a while before I read it and MM was new.  It took me
three readings to realize that I quite liked Deep Secret, and three years
to realize that Hexwood was one of my favorite books.
	While I was thinking about this, I started thinking about what
other books I'd like to see sequels to: I'd really love to have a book
about what happens to Awful from Archer's Goon.  I always really liked
her, in part because I love the name (I considered changing my name to
Awful at one point, but decided it was just too appropriate), and partly
because she's so great.  But at the end of A'sG Howard realizes he'd
better stick around to make sure Awful turns out okay--I want to know what
	Vaguely around the same lines, I was thinking about actors for
parts in DWJ books.  I know this discussion has been had, but it was
before my time, so forgive me if I repeat.  I can see Rupert Everett as
Chrestomanci (think An Ideal Husband).  And, back to YotG, I was thinking
for some reason of Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Spaceballs) as



Too many quotes:

2x1, 4x3=good.  Even I can do that math.

					--me at quarter of five in the
morning after having had eight hours of sleep. . . in the past three days.

		    Some kind of verb.
                    Some kind of moving thing.
                    Something unseen.
                    Some hand is motioning
                    to rise, to rise, to rise.

					--Soul Coughing

Why indeed must "God" be a noun?  Why not a verb--the most active and
dynamic of all?  Hasn't the naming of "God" as a noun been an act of
murdering that dynamic Verb?

					--Mary Daly

Anything less than the best is a felony.

					--Vanilla Ice

Certainly, if we did once live in matriarchal societies, we blew it by
letting the patriarchs take over.  How did this happen?  One of the most
intriguing "explanations" is offered by Elizabeth Gould Davis: Because of
their carnivorous diet, men grew enormous penises, and women were so
turned on that they voluntarily surrendered their power.

					--Sally Binford, "Is Gynocentric
						History an Illusion?"

She's widely known the only mackerel who pays her taxes. . . .

					--Soul Coughing again.

Necrophilia means never having to say you're sorry.

					-ancient proverb <g>

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