My favorite Diiana Wynne Jones series is the Dalemark quartet. Of all her works I’ve read it was the most grown up and tackled some very important subjects in such an ingenious way.
I am 32 and not ashamed to say she is one of my favorite authors. I never ran into any of her works as a child and didn’t read anything by her until after I had seen Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. I liked the movie but absolutely loved the book.
I am working on getting through all of her books. I am glad she was such a prolific write because I will be able to enjoy works by her that I haven’t read yet for quite a while.
I wish I could have met her in person and thanked her for sharing her wonderful sense of humor and imagination.
my favorite things about diana wynne jones’s books (the ones that i’ve read at least)
- common, constant thing that your family can be terrible, and it’s perfectly fine to cut them out of your life—sometimes this is an emotional struggle, sometime’s it’s fine. If they ignore you, if they abuse…
Here’s an overview of DWJ’s work from a diehard fan.
“It’s no easy thing to describe Diana Wynne Jones’ work to someone who has never read her, but three qualities spring to mind.
Worlds that are mad and unexpected and strange and original and lovely.
People that are familiar and real.
Stories that are Right.”
This is important.
If you’ve never read one of Diana Wynne Jones’ books - for starters, what WAS your childhood?! But seriously. Go and find one. The Lives of Christopher Chant or Howl’s Moving Castle might be a good place to start. (Yes, it was a book first. The film bears very little…
there they are, all at once! my Theresa got a bit less round and Charles and Brian look much too similar, but oh well. I’m quite proud of Nan’s scrawl, however.
I love how the book begins and ends with the same note. :’)
THE BOOK: REFLECTIONS: ON THE MAGIC OF WRITING (2012)
An announcement: Diana Wynne Jones has released one, final book - a collection of some of her essays, speeches, reviews (written by her, not about her own work) and last but certainly not least, her final interview given weeks before she went and joined someone somewhere (my guess is wherever she’s gone to, she’s having a hoot).
Diana Wynne Jones. Some have never heard of her. I’d like to say that these people are lucky, because they will never carry the sorrow brought on by her passing. Then again, if you could walk into Narnia and then were told you could never go back there after a certain age, would you ever wish you hadn’t stuck your foot in the doorway of - this is corny - magic?
I say magic, but Ms. Jones is far more than whatever that word encompasses - and as far as I know, it encompasses an amount that shouldn’t be sniffed at.
In any case, she shared her works with her readers and gave us things to carry around in our heads that would always nag us in the way we saw the world. Diana Wynne Jones helped me find magic in the world, at a time when I firmly believed that I would always be alone. If you have magic, then you’re not simply that kid sitting over there on her lonesome: you’re that kid, traveling through worlds one moment, and eager to create your own the next.
Oh my god I discovered a Diana Wynne Jones fanblog do you have any idea how happy this makes me I mean that woman is the reason I started biking the two miles to the library at least once a week so that I could take out a backpack full of books and just read like thirty books a week and I still…
An overview of Hexwood by someone who discovered DWJ through Miyazaki.
“Hexwood is the kind of book almost any child would adore. It gets a little mind boggling as realities collide, but the puzzle comes together and you feel smarter for reading it. Also there are dragons.”