[DWJ] Political issues

Juliette Curtis jcurtis at harvestroad.com
Mon Jul 9 22:43:12 EDT 2007

There's a lot in the Dalemark Quartet. There's an echo of it in Charmed Life
when Chrestomanci refers to "questions asked in the House but I dare say we
will survive" 


after removing the magic from all those witches and wizards.

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Sally Odgers
Sent: Tuesday, 10 July 2007 10:09 AM
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Subject: [DWJ] Political issues

> Of the three, my least favorite was _Queen_, because I felt Ms. Turner
> spent way too much time explaining political issues.  _Way_ too much.

This is a common problem in political fantasy. It's a kind of fascination 
with worldbuilding. I did a political fantasy (a very short one) called 
Lilly of Mirryam, and had to be quite firm with myself. And I don't even 
LIKE politics. I think the fascination in the literary sense lies in seeing 
things from all angles. The politics in HOWL isn't overdone... which other 
DWJ books have politics (other than family politics) in them? Um... I 
suppose Fire and Hemlock has some, at a stretch, and Deep Secret, certainly.


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