[DWJ] The Game... anyone playing?
aimees001 at gmail.com
Tue May 13 03:40:57 EDT 2008
So... Did I miss a discussion, or are we waiting for more people to
read The Game before we open a conversation?
I managed to read it all last night.
Hope nobody minds if I make a(nother?) start...
I guess a spoiler warning and a big space might help us kick off...
Spoiler, spoiler, there's a spoiler going on...
My humble jumble of thoughts:
I really, really loved the mythosphere. I loved the physical
representation of mental and cultural links and developments.
It reminded me - I wrote an essay on the structure of a short story
once, in the genre of a (scifi) short story. Threads are what I used
to physically represent influences on a text, etc. (My character was
in VR). Anyway.
I liked that she made use of the swans. I like the swan fairytales.
I'm pottering around on a combination-of-all-of-them story.
I'm going to say something really obvious now.
DWJ is Queen of Hiding and Revealing Things.
I love the way DWJ starts with a normal, everyday person, usually a
child, who gradually realises (and so does the reader) they're being
exploited or hard done by, and who then discovers that the world is a
whole lot bigger and different, and they a whole lot more powerful,
than they thought.
I suppose it's easy to see why she writes those kinds of stories, and
so well - her own experiences.
Her skill in making us inhabit the mental transformation of her
characters is, as far as I've read, unparalleled.
I wonder when, on average, children do begin to realise that the way
things are for them may not be the way things are for most people? I
suppose it varies. I suppose Hayley is an indication. :P
If anyone designs games, I'm sure there should be one of the
mythosphere. I want to play the game!
Did I mention I love the mythosphere?
I would dearly love to read a longer, fuller, deeper story, set - if
not with these characters, in this setting.
Hayley's story felt... so much bigger than the length it was given.
S'pose it was intended for a shorter-booked audience, but I'd like a
longer version for myself, so I can really explore.
I wonder why Baba Yaga felt compelled to take a maid's position with
Favourite characters were Flute and Fiddle, by a long shot. I also
liked Orion and Aunt Aster! I hope Flute & Fiddle are in any other
mythosphere book! The way is certainly open...
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