[DWJ] short complete quest fantasies
mark at allums.com
Sun Jun 21 06:00:58 EDT 2009
Farah Mendlesohn wrote:
> 2009/6/21 Mark Allums <mark at allums.com>
>> I dispute that. Go ahead and read the book.
> I have read the book many times. I have taught the book. I have written on
> it. I have also written a *lot* on quest fantasies generally, and many of
> those recommended so far here do not fit my definition or that of most
> fantasy critics--they lack the epic, they lack the structure or they lack
> world shattering significance. A quest fantasy is not the same thing as what
> Geoffrey Trease termed a Treasure Hunt. I'd say The Wizard of Oz is a lot
> closer to the Treasure Hunt model.
> But despite my disagreement with people I would not dream of suggesting that
> they have not read the books which they are recommending or arguing against.
Oh dear. Please accept my apology. Certainly I didn't mean to imply
you hadn't read the book. I was born lacking the ability to say what I
mean and mean what I say, not from character deficiency, but from
deficiency of language ability. I know what I mean, but I cannot
express myself always. I find myself using patterns of language that
betray my simple and shallow thinking.
To summarize, I was stupid, clueless, and tactless.
I phrased that as if I was being adversarial, a chip on my shoulder. I
did not mean to challenge your knowledge of the subject and imply your
ignorance. I did not think that, and I did not intend to come across
that way. I'm sorry I did not try harder to express my intent without
I did say I was not well read, in another post. By that, I meant to
imply that I came to love literature late in life. So, I am ignorant of
most of the scholarly work on the subject.
Please bear with me as I try to catch up. Everyone here already speaks
the language, and you all have the knowledge of the field in common. I
am not an expert on children's literature, I am simply a fan of Ms.
Wynne Jones. I hoped to help by suggesting something, but should not
have tried to inform someone when I have the inferior knowledge and
experience ("teach Grandmother to suck eggs").
Please forgive me.
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