[DWJ] Monthly Read-Along

Eleanor Joslin eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk
Sun May 12 16:45:08 EDT 2013


Isn't "forgettery" itself a DWJ-coined word - I think from Stealer of Souls? Or is there an earlier citation?

Eleanor

On 12 May 2013, at 16:45, Philip Belben <philip at axeside.co.uk> wrote:

> First, I must confess that I've not been keeping up with the read-along,
> and I haven't read WW for a year or three.
> 
> Interesting comment about mutations, Sally, but that doesn't really fit
> my view of the ending.
> 
> To me, the ending works because Jones gets out of the forgettery ending.
> I've always liked "it was all a dream but..." endings - like that of
> "The Master", which I had long wished to be able to use myself, if I had
> been a writer.
> 
> Here, it looks as though it will be a forgettery ending until we get
> that little scene in which Charles notices that he still has the blister
> from the candle incident, and absently colours it with his red pen.  I
> think that Charles, for one, is not going to forget, even if the others
> do; or if they think it was a dream (as Harold seems to).
> 
> The let-down for me is the implication that our world - or rather, XII-B - now has something in it from the Witch Week world, where all its magic had been hidden.  So surely XII-B should have got its magic back? Apparently not.
> 
> Philip.
> 
> 
> On 09/05/2013 01:36, Sally Odgers wrote:
>> I don't like forgettery or all-a-dream endings either, Roberta, but
>> in this case it makes sense. That world was damaged in its DNA. It
>> was, if you like, a mutation too far, like a tree that's all trunk
>> and no branch. Mutations-too-far sometimes develop here (animals with
>> no eyes, for example) but they generally don't survive out of their
>> environment. A fish that can't see is not at a disadvantage in a dark
>> place where the light can't penetrate but if you put it in a sunlit
>> pond it can't compete.
>> 
>> Sally Odgers
>> 
>> On Wed, 8 May 2013 10:51:04 -0700, Roberta Klarreich
>> <rklarreich at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> [...]
> 
>>> bus). But the ending is a real letdown to me. I always dislike
>>> endings that result in the characters forgetting the whole
>>> adventure, and in this story they forget their entire existence--it
>>> melts away. I wish DWJ had come up with a solution that allowed
>>> their distinct world to remain itself, instead of essentially
>>> throwing these interesting characters and relationships away. I do
>>> think the Guy Fawkes angle and the weaving in of Simon's earlier
>>> enchantment are inventive, I just wish she had done something else
>>> with them. Does anyone else feel this way, or are you comfortable
>>> with the way she resolved it?
> 
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