[DWJ] Can someone remind me where the website went?

Katarina Hjärpe katarina.hjarpe at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 03:17:27 EDT 2016

I have to admit, I'm one of those readers who get uncomfortable with the
Tom and Polly age difference. Not to the point where I can't enjoy the
story - on the contrary, I think it's one of DWJ's finest - but definitely
to the point where I can't root for them as a couple.

I think part of it is that he is very parental towards her for a lot of the
book, at a point where she really needs parenting, too. Yes, she's outgrown
that by the end, but I never really got a feeling for them as an adult
couple, and so the lingering impression is the early one. It's similar to
how I'm uncomfortable with the notion of Wolverine/Rogue in the X-men movie
fandom, but not at all uncomfortable with Logan/Max in Dark Angel. The fact
that I read the book as an adult - so even 19 year old Polly doesn't seem
all that grown up - might make a difference too.

But in fairness, a large part of my impression might be because I read the
version with that horrible cover where Tom looks about fifty. And while I
do think that cover is flat-out wrong, it's hard to shake it.


2016-09-03 1:14 GMT+02:00 Kyra Jucovy <arykiy at gmail.com>:

> Tom is 33 (so 14 years older than Polly) - I wrote out my textual proof
> back on my own 33rd birthday for the list:
> http://www.suberic.net/pipermail/dwj/2014-October/034197.html
> ---Kyra
> On Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 6:05 PM <minnow at belfry.org.uk> wrote:
> > On Fri, 2 Sep 2016 22:46:37 +0100
> > Beck Laxton <beck at becklaxton.com> wrote:
> >
> > > That happened when our book group did it, and it took me by surprise
> > > too. I think DWJ pre-empts it and explains it  - Tom has the kind of
> > > hair you think is grey but turns out to be blond, and then of course
> > > the age difference is less important the older they both get. The
> > > people who objected couldn't seem to get beyond it and enjoy the
> > > book, which made me really frustrated.
> > >
> > > *Beck Laxton*
> >
> > Bearing in mind the age of the next one who is lined up as Consort, I
> > think it's safe to assume that Tom is quite young.  She likes them that
> > way, doesn't she?
> >
> > Minnow
> >
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