A Virtual Celebration of Diana Wynne Jones

A Virtual Celebration of Diana Wynne Jones.

 

Diana Wynne Jones wrote things full of verve, imagination, and mindfulness.  You can tell she had fun writing them, you feel it would’ve been delightful to talk to her.  Her characters always had that little extra something that spices up worlds and makes you care about their stories.  Reading her books helped get me through challenging times and new situations.

 

And, most interestingly to me, she had a way of inserting horrible things into her youthful tales, while gliding over it so smoothly you had to stop and say, “Wait-what just happened?” to fully realize it.  Many of her fans I’ve discussed this with do not, in fact, remember these things to have happened at all.  “It’s because she’s so sneaky about it!” I reply.  It’s truly amazing.  This woman could flesh out her worlds with all the true things, good and bad, and explore both sides without darkening the mood.  You can read about downtrodden people, awful dilemmas, and come out recalling it as a veritable pastry of delicious storyhood, which would be perfectly true.  Such is the magic of Diana Wynne Jones.  No matter what else you think or remember about her books, her writings runs deep.  Yet, somehow, they never lose the light or the comfort of a fantasy playing out on the surface.

 

My favorite such fantasy is Hexwood.  In delicious pastry stories, this is the gooey, giant cinnamon bun to take out all others.

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