Jane Austen was a load of re that I snipped off - now coming
hallieod at indigo.ie
Tue Jun 19 17:55:17 EDT 2001
>>So what about a constitutional mind-set which would really be
>>likely to bounce people off DWJ? Aside from the obvious, such as
>>disliking fiction in general or sf/fantasy in any variety. We
>>didn't do very well, but thought possibly people who wanted books
>>to be more "realistic" rather than "escapist" (which we would
>>consider hopeful or upbeat).
>I think people who think that modernist realism (Hemingway, Updike,
>Raymond Carver) is what literature is and ought to be, might find
>DWJ's convolutions and style off-putting. She doesn't put "P.J.F."
>after her name, but I think she has a lot of sympathy with the "
>Pre-Joycean Fellowship" concept.
>I tried one out on my mother once, and she found the experience too
>intense and disturbing. For those not used to fantasy/SF conventions
>of variable space-time, many of her basic plot devices can really
>give one the heebies.
Hmmm. I tried LoCC on my mother and she didn't finish it. I don't
think she found it disturbing at all, but I never even thought about
the potential off-puttingness of all the different worlds and
multiple lives for non-sf/fantasy readers. NOT that she is a modern
realism type - and certainly not a Joyce fan! Wonder if another book
might have been easier to take?
>And, I think religious fundamentalists of any stripe might have a
>problem with her open-minded, agnostic view of all things cosmic.
>She doesn't treat any being, god or otherwise, with respect due
>simply to position, and that is a fundamental premise of all the
>fundamentalisms I can think of.
I was assuming that sf of any type would be avoided by most religious
fundamentalists in the first place, but this was a really interesting
point. I'd never thought about either DWJ or fundamentalism in that
precise way. I'm not totally sure I've got it though - wouldn't the
concept of a Crestomanci, in charge of overseeing the use of magic
throughout the worlds, simply due to a fact of his (or her, though we
haven't seen one yet!) birth, rather go against this idea? Or not?
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