A blogger’s tribute to her top five DWJ books — some surprising choices!
“Hilarity, emotion, romance…this book has it all (which can pretty much be said about every book she’s ever written).”
An excellent overview of Diana’s “series” books (excluding Dalemark).
“Jones very rarely writes straight up sequels, follow-ups are more like tangents.”
Charlotte writes about the inestimable pleasure of rereading, and touches upon a few books that haven’t previously been mentioned.
“I have the sense that the stories were so complicatedly vivid in Diana’s imagination that words are barely enough to hold them. The reader is challenged to surrender herself to the flow, trusting that what is completely baffling will someday make sense. I remember having this same feeling with many books I read as a child … To have that same feeling as a grown-up reader is rare indeed.”
I discovered Diana Wynne Jones’ work purely on accident at a bargain bookstore, and immediately fell in love. The Merlin Conspiracy was immediately one of my favorites, and while I rarely had any success, I always searched for more of her works at any bookstore I entered. And then one fateful day my mother found one of her books and started reading the back to me without telling me the title. I got chills as I realized that the book Howl’s Moving Castle (one of my favorite movies) had been based on was written by one of my favorite authors. That book has changed my life. I literally had to be forced to stop reading it in order to eat the first time through. It has since been the first thing I try to get any person I know to read.
Diana, your works may not be the most well-known where I am from, and I may be one of the few here who has fallen in love with your wit, but I still want to thank you for the impact you had on the literary world and on my life alike. I treasure your works and have fallen in love with your characters, and whenever I need inspiration for a little creativity of my own, I know exactly where to look. Thank you.