John Grant on Fantasy

Philip.Belben at Philip.Belben at
Tue May 15 11:46:59 EDT 2001


> I thought you might be interested in John Grant's (co-author of _The
> Encyclopedia of Fantasy_) interesting and provocative essay on Generic
> Fantasy vs. Real Fantasy which can be found at Infinity Plus
> ( DWJ and _Tough Guide_ are also briefly mentioned
> in it. Here is a direct link to the essay:

Thanks for the reference, Tarja!  A really excellent article.

One anecdote of which I was reminded when reading it.  I am generally very good
at thinking up witty one-line retorts, about 2 hours after I could have used
them.  But on one occasion, probably about 10 years ago, when I had recently
left home and was buying my own copies of DWJ books in my parents' collection...

[I hand Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Air to sales droid]

Droid:  Diana Wynne Jones?  Isn't she children's?

Me:  Well, everybody seems to think so except her readers.

Droid:  [polite laughter to hide puzzlement]


__________________________ Disclaimer Notice __________________________
This message and any attachments are confidential and should only be read
by those to whom they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient,
please contact us, delete the message from your computer and destroy any 
copies. Any distribution or copying without our prior permission is 

Internet communications are not always secure and therefore the Powergen 
Group does not accept legal responsibility for this message. The recipient 
is responsible for verifying its authenticity before acting on the
contents. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author 
and do not necessarily represent those of the Powergen Group.

Powergen plc. 53 New Broad Street, London EC2M 1SL

Telephone     +44 (0) 2476 42 4000
Fax                +44 (0) 2476 42 5432
To unsubscribe, email dwj-request at with the body "unsubscribe".
Visit the archives at

More information about the Dwj mailing list