[DWJ] characters losing their memories

Gili Bar-Hillel gbhillel at netvision.net.il
Wed Jan 16 03:14:56 EST 2008

This entire discussion reminds me of a dream I once had.

In my dream I was in a very large hall full of many people going their
different ways: like Grand Central Station in New York. Someone - perhaps a
friend, male - called to me from the far side of this space. I began to walk
towards him, but as I went I felt that the other people's eyes were drawn
towards me, and that they were snickering and pointing. That was when I
realised I was stark naked. Mortified, I supposed I might as well complete
my journey to the other side of the hall. When I finally reached my friend,
I said to him: "I've never been so embarassed in my life. Isn't it lucky
that this is all a dream?" To which my friend replied: "You know it's a
dream, and I know it's a dream; but all the other people here don't know

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From: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net]On Behalf Of
Katarina Hjärpe
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 9:48 AM
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
Subject: RE: [DWJ] characters losing their memories

> The entity where it bites for me is the later Buffy episode where
> the possibility arises that everything that's happened up to that
> point might be mad Buffy's hallucinations.
> It would have made a brilliantly horrible, or horribly brilliant, season
> closer. I /have/ to believe it isn't madness, otherwise everything
> they've done becomes pointless -- even though it's all fictional.

I remember a friend of mine who was completely fascinated by the idea that
Buffy's hallucinations has spin-offs in which she isn't present.

And speaking of spin-offs, the autistic child aspect of St. Elsewhere has
strange ramifications: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~kwgow/crossovers.html

My reaction is this: Ignore, ignore, ignore. I hate the thought of doing

When I studied children's literature, a theorist claimed that Astrid
Lindgren's fantasy tale Mio My Son is "actually" about an abandoned child
playing make-believe on a park bench. I reacted instinctively against that -
why this need to bring the imagination back to a drab place in the name of
reality? - and pointed out since that nothing in the story is true,
everything is. You might as well claim that The Lion, The Witch and the
Wardrobe is "actually" about four children playing in a wardrobe. The class
reacted with horror at that idea. We all wanted stories to be kept "real".

Btw, does anyone else mourn that even if there is a heaven, and even if we
get to meet all kinds of people there, we'll never get to meet our friends
from books?


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