Australian Fantasy (was Re: Obernewtyn (was recommended books))

Kathleen Jennings s368333 at
Sun Jun 23 19:57:34 EDT 2002

I won't write about trilogies. They're a commercial form and that's as
legitimate as any. Authors have to live too. I just wish some authors would
learn how to write them, and no, I can't give any titles/names here, because
they are mostly the books that just weren't memorable. Trilogies, I think,
have to be very tight - each book self-sustained but interlinking.
Is LOtR a trilogy? It's three volumes, but that doesn't necessarily make it
so. I think of it as a trilogy insofar as I think of Pride and Prejudice as
a trilogy. Both were published in three volumes, but there's only one story,
complete and indivisible. (Some people may not get past the first volume,
but that doesn't mean they feel like they've read a complete section. Just
listen to the people in the cinemas who didn't know it was only part 1!)
Anyway, that was me not talking about trilogies.

Hve blásnautt er hjarta sem einskis saknar.
How destitute is a heart that misses nothing.
       - Ýmir, Einar Benediktsson
Kathleen Jennings
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathryn Andersen" <kat_lists at>
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Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 7:36 AM
Subject: Re: Australian Fantasy (was Re: Obernewtyn (was recommended books))

> On Mon, Jun 24, 2002 at 12:56:47AM +1000, Sally Odgers wrote:
> > > But how much Australian fantasy is there out there anyway?  Is there
> > > enough to generalize?
> >
> > I would say so.
> And what generalization would *you* make about Australian fantasy,
> then?
> > The Australian fantasy writers whose work I know include the following;
> >
> > Jackie French, Patricia Bernard, Brian Caswell, Nan Chauncy, Margaret
> > Gary Crew, Sally Rogers-Davidson, Joan Flanagan, Helen Frances, Deborah
> > Lisson, Barbara Giles (unless she's a Kiwi), Sue Gough, Anne Grocott,
> > Hall, Lee Harding, Libby Hathorn, Nette Hilton, Nan Hunt, Shannah Jay,
> > Jennings, Catherine Jinks, Victor Kelleher, Patricia Kennedy, Robin
> > Beverley Paine, John Larkin, Dave Lucket, David McRobbie, Sophie Masson,
> > Emily Rodda, Garth Nix, John O'Brien, Anne Spencer Parry, Jenny
> > Robert Hood, Paul Collins, Joan Phipson, John Pinkney, Mavis Scott, Moya
> > Simons, Lucy Sussex, Colin Thiele, S. A. Wakefield, Janeen Webb, Valerie
> > Weldrick, Edel Wignell, Patricia Wrightson, Bob Rich, Martin Middleton,
> > Arthur, Goldie Alexander, Cory Daniells, Libby Gleeson, Kim Wilkins.
> (!)  I must admit that many of these, I've never heard of, and of the
> ones I've heard of, I haven't read all that many of them, or I didn't
> know they wrote fantasy.  Colin Thiele, for example, I had to read one
> of his novels for English in school, but it wasn't a fantasy, I don't
> think.  Others I've seen in stores, but the blurb wasn't enough to get
> me interested, as could happen with any random author.
> Oh, Anne Spencer Parry!  Golly that brings back memories! The "Land
> Behind the World" series.  Very hard to find, even in libraries.
> > What we do lack in Australia (from what I see in my own library) are
> > writers with sustained fantasy series. From my own experience,
> > publishers are not keen on these.  Not only in fantasy either.  There
> > quite a few writers, such as Kerry Greenwood, (come to think of it she
> > writes fantasy too) who start strongly with a series and then just peter
> > out. It happens too often to be an accident. The first few books will be
> > well-publicised, well reviewed, and well stocked by libraries and shops,
> > later entries will come out so quietly that many would be readers will
> > know they exist.  This results in lower sales and the attrition of the
> > series.
> On the other hand, I've been told that publishers are terribly
> interested in trilogies, that you're more likely to make a sale if you
> can sell them a trilogy rather than a single book.  So is it the case
> that they wish that all series were only three books long?
> Kathryn Andersen
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