DWJ in Israeli newspaper

Sally Odgers sodgers at tassie.net.au
Fri Feb 13 07:34:41 EST 2004

I didn't get it... just came home after a few weeks away.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ika" <blake at gaudaprime.co.uk>
To: <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2004 11:21 PM
Subject: RE: DWJ in Israeli newspaper

> Gili Bar-Hillel wrote:
> > I find it hard to believe that no one responded to this. Is there a
> > problem
> > with the list, or am I not getting messages again?
> And I got it, but I only joined the list a couple of days ago and am
> suffering from the conviction that whatever I say will have been said here
> eighty zillion times already: but I was v interested to see the article &
> very grateful for the translation.
> The thing that struck me, which is something I've been trying to put into
> words for a while so bear with me if I don't make much sense, was that
> it's a little jarring to me to see DWJ's work set in the framework of the
> Potter books, eg:
> > For 30 years Diana Wynne Jones has been writing  about Witches and
> > who reside in dark castles, about he whose name must not be mentioned,
> > about children who learn to do magic and are unwittingly drawn into
> > magical
> > adventures full of fire and blood.
> because actually for me it's the elements in DWJ that are *not* shared
> with the Potter books that make them... I mean, not only such good books,
> but also such good resources for thinking. Magic and fire and blood and
> dark castles are all very well, of course, but it's DWJ's emotional
> complexity and precision - her unpredictable, but always truthful, takes
> on situations and relationships (her "exacting wisdom"?) - that make her
> the writer that she is. She's actually provided a whole emotional
> vocabulary and framework for experiences that aren't often part of
> mainstream narrative. I guess I wish *that* framework was the virus that
> was sweeping the world, to which all other children's fantasy was
> compared.
> But see, I bet this conversation has been had a million times already, and
> - like the article said -
> > Nowadays Rowling's name follows her everywhere.
> and I feel a bit bad about contributing to that. It's not a very helpful
> comparison, anyway: like comparing Antonia Forest's school stories to Enid
> Blyton's. Same genre, but completely different in every other way.
> Love, Ika
> PS: Hello, everybody. I'm excited to be here. Is there an initiation I
> have to undergo or anything? ;)
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