DWJ's Faults

Paul Andinach pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Mon Mar 11 22:01:04 EST 2002

On Mon, 11 Mar 2002, Elizabeth Parks wrote:

> To build on a discussion--my friend just im'd me with the line
> "DWJ can't write relationships, I've noticed."  AFter I stopped
> sputtering, I demanded to know _what_ she was talking about: here
> are bits I snipped:
> "I've read about eight of the books and every relationship is
> contrived and thrown together in the last quarter of the book."

> Which made me feel sort of like someone had just said that Santa
> Claus wasn't real.  Silly but true.  So I've been thinking--about
> Hexwood especially--and wondered what you all had to say.

I'm reminded of a guy I knew in high school who told me once that he
preferred Piers Anthony to Terry Pratchett because Anthony had subtle,
thoughful stuff in his books and Pratchett's books were just a string
of obvious old jokes...

Which is a roundabout way of saying that it's not DWJ's fault if your
friend is too dumb to recognise subtle character development when she
sees it.

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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