How we discovered DWJ
Melissa at Proffitt.com
Fri Apr 19 02:03:08 EDT 2002
On Thu, 18 Apr 2002 20:20:05 -0400, Ding, Kylie (KAM.RIC) wrote:
>There seem to be a few people on the list who discoverd DWJ through Harry
>Potter related recommendations. I discovered DWJ when I was in school and
>was reading everything in the library. Dogsbody was one of the library
>books I took out.
>How did other people make the discovery?
I found _Power of Three_ at random in the library. Read it, liked it, moved
on. I still have no idea why it took another five years to actually
"discover" DWJ with _Howl's Moving Castle_, which was recommended to me by a
friend. I remember that it was in a telephone conversation because it took
several tries for me to understand what she was saying: "HOW's Moving
Castle?" "No, HOWL." "HOWELL?" "No--never mind, I'll spell it for you...."
It occurs to me that I found all of my most favorite authors and books
because of the recommendations of only three people: my oldest friend, whom
I've known since second grade; a girl I met at girls' camp in Texas; and one
of my college roommates. And they account for at least ten or twelve solid
author recommendations between them--people whose books I still read and
cherish today. Seems a little strange to me, to wonder if I might have
missed something if I hadn't been friends with them. It is extremely
unlikely that I would have found Diana Wynne Jones, because I am the one who
has introduced all my friends to her. What a precarious thing that is.
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