Diana Wynne Jones: Witch Week
Capturing the very essence of this merciless land since 1982.
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. :’)
“Chewing gum?” she asked. “No, I think they’re jointed worms. Worms in custard.”
“Shut up!” hissed Nirupam.
“But it’s not custard,” Nan continued. She could hear her voice saying it, but there seemed no way to stop it. “The tongue-test proves that the yellow stuff has a strong taste of sour armpits, combined with - yes - just a touch of old drains. It comes from the bottom of a dustbin.”
I reread Witch Week again and tried to draw these
awfuldarling children again!
Supposed to be Theresa Mullet at the upper left, Nan Pilgrim at the top and bottom, Simon Silverson down the middle, Estelle on either side, Nirupam on the left and Charles Morgan on the right. I’m getting there.
I was thinking of doing a commemorative piece with all my favorite Diana Wynne Jones characters all hanging out together, but my motivation for big projects is all burnt out at the moment. So instead I’m just going to see how many sketches of DWJ characters I’ve never drawn before (or at least posted online) I can do tonight! And since there are so many wonderful characters I can’t even remember, I’m taking suggestions - put ‘em in my ask!!!
I really, really love Nan; she is one of my favorite characters in one of my very very favorite books. I love her awkwardness and how she learns to be confident and how she realizes that she would rather write than do magic, and ungh just everything about Witch Week is perfect that’s all.
NOTE: These are the UK editions.
The Chrestomanci series, by Diana Wynne Jones
Chrestomanci is the title of a powerful enchanter with the responsibility of regulating magic usage in a set of parallel universes. The Chrestomancis are unique in that they have nine lives; this is because, while most people in the world of Chrestomanci have spiritual doubles among eight other worlds, a potential Chrestomanci has no doubles. It is a government job, and each Chrestomanci is responsible for locating and training his or her successor.
Merely calling out “Chrestomanci” will cause the current Chrestomanci to appear, whether he wants to or not, anywhere on his own world. It is implied in Witch Week that saying his name three times will summon him on any world. Once called, a Chrestomanci will attempt to solve any urgent magical dilemma, either out of obligation or natural inclination. (wikipedia)
- Charmed Life
Reading order (raccommended by DWJ herself)
- The Lives of Christopher Chant
- Conrad’s Fate
- Witch Week
- The Magicians of Caprona
- The Pinhoe Egg
- Mixed Magics
You can’t go wrong with the Book Smugglers’ opinionated take on things.
“It always fascinates me how DWJ never underestimates the children she is writing for.”