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BOOK ô Reflections: On the Magic of Writing ã Diana Wynne Jones is best known for her novels and stories of magical fantasy written mainly for children She received a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in , as well as two Mythopoeic Awards and the Guardian Fiction Award for Charmed Life But she was also a witty, entertaining speaker, a popular guest at science fiction and fantasy conventions and an engaged, scholarly critic of writing that interested herThis collection of than twenty five papers, chosen by Diana herself, includes fascinating literary criticism such as a study of narrative structure in The Lord of the Rings and a ringing endorsement of the value of learning Anglo Saxon alongside autobiographical anecdotes about reading tours including an account of her famous travel jinx , revelations about the origins of her books, and thoughts in general about the life of an author and the value of writing The longest autobiographical piece, Something About the Author , details Diana s extraordinary childhood and is illustrated with family photographsReflections is essential reading for anyone interested in Diana s works, fantasy or creative writingThe collection features a foreword by Neil Gaiman and an introduction and interview by Charlie Butler, a respected expert on fantasy writing As a general rule, I don t read nonfiction essays in particular outside of school However, this book came highly recommended by a friend, and is also by one of my favorite authors, so I decided I might as well get it out from the library So I did, and it sat in my stack of to be read library books until my mother warned me that it was going to be due in a week and if I wanted to read it, I d better do so soon.So, I read it And, to my foolish surprise, I loved it In fact, I loved it so mu As a general rule, I don t read nonfiction essays in particular outside of school However, this book came highly recommended by a friend, and is also by one of my favorite authors, so I decided I might as well get it out from the library So I did, and it sat in my stack of to be read library books until my mother warned me that it was going to be due in a week and if I wanted to read it, I d better do so soon.So, I read it And, to my foolish surprise, I loved it In fact, I loved it so much that I nearly forgot to stop reading and actually write my own story not the best situation when it s nearly the end of Camp NaNoWriMo as far as my schedule was concerned and I have a quarter of the book left to write in a very busy week Thankfully, I managed, and I rather hope the flavor of Diana Wynne Jones s words crept into what I wrote in between reading her essays.The reason I left this book sit so long is that whenever I hear essay, I think something I or someone else had to write for school or another academic program, which is probably dry and boring and, if it s written by an adult, filled with large, professional sounding terms that fly right over my head This is despite the fact that, for the past two years, I ve had a chapter each year in Literature dedicated to essays and enjoyed it both years However, Diana Wynne Jones s style is anything but dry or boring, and certainly does not go right over my head Reading these essays feels like listening to her talk to me in a friendly, conversational way, whether she s talking about writing or her life or The Narrative Shape of the Lord of the Rings which sounds terribly imposing but is actually fascinating, if you like Tolkien It s lovely.Most of the essays in this book focus on Jones s thoughts on writing both her own and writing in general These I find fascinating while some bits are similar to advice I ve heard before, most is new and interesting and makes me say Hmm, I never thought of that before A few are specificially about other peoples s writing, notably that of Tolkien and Lewis both of whom she studied under at Oxford Of these, The Narrative Shape of the Lord of the Rings is the best though I may be a bit biased because I don t agree with several of her opinions about and interpretations of Narnia I rather wish I d started this book a great deal sooner, so that I could ve paused after reading The Narrative Shape and reread The Lord of the Rings, just so I could see again for myself the things she pointed out as interesting.And, of course, many of the essays deal with her own life, especially her childhood two specifically are about it, but it comes up in nearly every selection These parts fascinate me as much as or possiblythan the rest, but also make me sad Jones certainly did not have an easy life which, I suppose, makes her all theinspiring If you have never read anything by Diana Wynne Jones before, I probably wouldn t give this book to you as an introduction It s a splendid book, and well representative of her style, but I feel like you need at least a fair acquaintance with her fantasy books before you read this The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Fire and Hemlock, and possibly Black Maria are the ones that seem to get referenced the most which means I probably didn t get quite as much out of this book as I could ve, since, of those three, I ve only read The Chronicles of Chrestomanci The other two are on my to be read list However, if you ve read at least some of Diana Wynne Jones s books and loved them, then yes, yes, yes, read this book You definitely won t regret it If I d surrendered to my urge to quote from these talks and essays on Twitter or Facebook then 75% of it would be online, piecemeal There is so much in this book that is worth repeating, reflecting on, and taking to heart Better to buy a copy and treasure the wise, pithy, playful, and sometimes combative thoughts of this great writer. Reflections is a collection of things Diana Wynne Jones wrote or used as speeches lectures during her lifetime There s a good range of stuff, including her fantastically clear academic work on Tolkien as well as her meditations on her own writing Definitely worth reading I excitedly texted my friends with some facts, like the fact that Diana Wynne Jones was a left handed dyslexic, and I really have the urge to reread The Lord of the Rings again thanks to her not helped by Ursula Le Guin, w Reflections is a collection of things Diana Wynne Jones wrote or used as speeches lectures during her lifetime There s a good range of stuff, including her fantastically clear academic work on Tolkien as well as her meditations on her own writing Definitely worth reading I excitedly texted my friends with some facts, like the fact that Diana Wynne Jones was a left handed dyslexic, and I really have the urge to reread The Lord of the Rings again thanks to her not helped by Ursula Le Guin, who also writes wonderfully about Tolkien in several of her essays.There s also a lot to discover about Diana as a person, about her family life, and about her side of what comes across as horrendous parental abuse by her family There are also two pieces by her sons, included at the end, which jolt one into remembering real people are not simple, when one son complains that his mother made real people the bad guys in her books, including him, simply because he actually rather liked her motherGlad I ve got a couple of Diana Wynne Jones other books out of the library at the moment Definitely in the mood for them The only thing with this book is that isn t written as a continuous piece, so there s a fair amount of repetition Everyone who has ever thought about writing fantasy for adults or children should own a copy of this book Diana Wynne Jones is one of my all time favorite writers, so I m a little biased, butwait, no, this isn t bias This collection is gold Here are speeches, essays, reviews, and interviews from one of the greatest children s fantasy writers of all time She inspires and berates in equal measure, condemning cliches, urging on the imagination, and detailing the inspirations of her own Everyone who has ever thought about writing fantasy for adults or children should own a copy of this book Diana Wynne Jones is one of my all time favorite writers, so I m a little biased, butwait, no, this isn t bias This collection is gold Here are speeches, essays, reviews, and interviews from one of the greatest children s fantasy writers of all time She inspires and berates in equal measure, condemning cliches, urging on the imagination, and detailing the inspirations of her own wonderful books And of course, as a fan of hers since childhood, I pored over every little personal anecdote, and reeled with horror all over again at her biography, a slightly less complete version of which is on her website Her childhood is a horror story, and yet she was not completely unhappy, and I wonder if she would have been a writer at all, if not for what she endured.This book made me love DianaIt made me love her booksAnd it made me love my own booksIt makes me excited and proud to be a writer of fantasies for children And has also inspired a book that I am on fire to write even though I have a tight schedule and my agent might cry if I tell her I m starting something new