it's crazy because I read young wizards as a kid/teen and I bought a number of them (apparently I lost track in 2003 because the last one I have is wizard's holiday) but I did not register at all that the first one was published in 1983. I'm gonna lose...
You’re very welcome! I’m glad to have been of service. :)
It’s true that it does seem to take people by surprise sometimes that the first books in the series go back to the 80s. I have no hard data to base this on, but sometimes I wonder whether there’s a perception now that the 90s were sort of The Decade of the Wizard – because of Harry Potter, of course– and that the YW books have sort of had this perception slop over onto them.
(And of course there are people who think– because of the YW books that came out in the 90s when the series relaunched under Jane Yolen’s editorship/publishership at Harcourt – that YW is an attempt to ride Jo’s coattails. This always makes me roll my eyes a bit, because [leaving aside the issue of copyright dates] there’s a basic failure of the logic there. Specifically, if I was trying to ride anybody’s coattails, wouldn’t I have tried to make the books more like Jo’s? Whereas if you’ve read both series, I’d think it’d be kind of obvious that the two are so dissimilar that just about the only thing they have in common is that there are young wizards in both of them.) :)
(shrug) But then there are also people who seriously believe that Terry Pratchett stole “Hogswatch” from “Hogwarts”… so what can you do.
At any rate, I’m delighted that YW has worked for you. BTW, if you need details about the newer books, check here:
You might also want to look into the “interstitial” Young Wizards works. Their home is here:
Anyway: thanks! :)
I’ll never be tired of this one. Never.
Some of you might have spotted this week’s kerfuffle about how it if was written by a dude it can’t be fanfic, in the guise of an interview with author Lonely Christopher, who claims not to have written fan fiction of Stephen King’s The Shining. The Mary Sue article covers it pretty well (and has a link to the original interview, should you be that way inclined), but we thought we’d highlight some Fan Studies research that could help Christopher put his work in the wider fan fiction context.
Here are a couple of extracts from the interview to get us started:
“LC: The book can be read as a self-contained “novel,” but it’s more than that. I used another text conceptually, structurally, and materially to generate a resultant yet original work. That’s what I mean by “source.”
The text that I was utilizing was the novel The Shining by Stephen King and the subsequent media iterations and interpretations and its cultural ubiquity. So I wrote my story in relation to another, more specifically on top of it. I took the basic tropes of The Shining and replicated and subverted them, and I also took chunks of language and interwove material pieces of Stephen King’s novel.
Interviewer: You’ve described this book as “intertextual.” Tell us a little bit more about this book’s relationship to other literature.
LC: The book is a concerted rejection of the standards of any type of literature, so in that way it is reacting to the formal elements it eschews, and interacting with readerly expectations as well as the history of the medium.
I guess the reason why this isn’t “fan fiction” is because, first of all, it’s not enjoyable in the same way and then it’s vaguely academic. Aesthetically speaking, it owes much to Stein, Beckett, Robbe-Grillet, and Bernhard. Intellectually, it has a relationship to Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, Debord, and especially Baudrillard. So it is having conversations with different texts in different ways.”
You may recall a couple of relevant articles, such as this one by Abigail Derecho on fan fiction as “archontic literature”. One of the really interesting points Derecho makes in it is how fan fiction writers will frequently repeat the same motif, explore the same scene, but with a difference. (For those interested in the “vaguely academic”, Derecho bases on Deleuze’s concept of “repetition with a difference”.) So we may look at something from a different character’s point of view, or take a group of characters and put them in a coffee shop AU, or try to work out what would be different if a character had made a slightly different choice. You know what that does? It plays with and challenges the reader’s expectations, and allows readers to make meanings from both the similarities and the differences between the two texts.
You may also remember this paper by Mafalda Stasi which looks at fan fiction as a “palimpsest” - the medieval practice of partially erasing and writing over past manuscripts, creating layers of text and meaning. Does that sound a bit like what Christopher is doung by writing his novel “on top of” The Shining? Maybe a bit.
Fan fiction and transformative work intellectual property law scholars like Rebecca Tushnet may also have something to say about Christopher’s taking “chunks of language” and “inter[weaving] material pieces” of King’s novel, and how ideas about this both among the fan fiction community and among rightholders of the commercial works we base our fan fiction on have evolved over time to a point where Lonely Christopher can do this.
This man’s word salad is next level
“how ideas about this both among the fan fiction community and among rightholders of the commercial works we base our fan fiction on have evolved over time to a point where Lonely Christopher can do this”
This isn’t any fucking pioneering, it’s nobody wanting to admit they’re taking fanfiction seriously because fanfiction is for the WOMENS and the GAYS and the WEIRDOS and it’s INHERENTLY BAD AND STUPID and therefore a cis man doing it and being successful must be something TOTALLY DIFFERENT
Christ on a cracker, first they feed people the line about fanwork being inherently worthless so hard that “it’s just fanfiction” and “it’s just fanart” is uttered in apology over every fanwork in existence, including pieces of unspeakable skill and beauty that are 10000% “academically correct”, then when it finally hits a tipping point of fanwork being so competent they can no longer ignore it as an art form, they try to go “no this is NEW and GOOD because a MAN invented it”
Guess what? Fuck you. Is there bad fanwork? Of course there is. There’s an equal amount of bad art and writing (or moreso) not based on pre-existing comics. There’s a woman in my fandom who draws comics so intricate that each panel is a full resolution painting and it’s “just fanart” because the idea of a hobby seen as inherently female is so threatening to the world that you tried to stomp it out for literally decades, to the point that it doesn’t matter how much hard work and emotion is put into something, if it has a pre-existing character it “doesn’t matter”. And now you’re trying to make it matter even less. How. Fucking. Dare. You.
I am aware I am ranting so I’ll stop but there is no boundary to my anger over this Jesus God
And here, my good Tumblrites, we see a rare example of a particular academic animal in the wild, of the genus Theoryboy.
The Theoryboy is the particularly iteration of “insufferable fuckboy” that surfaces at least once in every English grad school cohort.
Theoryboy has read Derrida and will casually allude to it in seminar. Often, this is by restating a female colleague’s point and then making an arcane reference to a theoretical text only he has read, thereby bringing all conversation to a grinding halt.
Theoryboy is young, white and impeccably polished either in the elbowpatches-and-pocket-square or slouchy-jeans-because-professionalism-is-bourgeois way.
Theoryboy is “mainly interested in theory” and “still looking for a text” even though he is in a literature ph.d. program. He will eventually become a Victorianist (cf. pocketsquares) or a postmodernist (cf. slouchyjeans).
Signal boost. (clutches head a bit and staggers off to have more tea)
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Reblogging for the boost but also for all the hard work done here. I salute you
I will ALWAYS repost this.
Hello! I love all your books, and was wondering, what are your opinions on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?
I don’t mind it. :)
(but seriously, folks…) Bear in mind that when DS9 started to air, it was still a time (in terms of TV distribution) when it might be a year or so – or significantly more – between the time a show aired in the US and the time it started airing in this market. If it did at all.
When DS9 finally got here, I’d already heard enough about it for the concept to leave me a bit bored. I did start watching it, but was left feeling somehow… vaguely unmoved. DS9 never caught fire for me the way TNG did. (And this has been the case for me right through ST:Enterprise, which did nothing for me whatsoever. I look forward to seeing what I make of DISCO when we finally get broadband good enough to support video streaming services…)
Anyway. When I occasionally run across a DS9 episode airing here on one of the satellite channels that tends to strip the various incarnations of Trek, I’ll sometimes sit and watch a bit. But for whatever reasons, it’s just not as compelling for me as TNG (or TOS) was.
Sorry if this wasn’t the answer you were looking for.
Is there any chance, or plans, for the ordeal shorts and the feline wizards series to hit print(or reprint)(or any dates)? I want to limit my screen time somewhat and physical books are good for that.
We just changed book production software (to tools way better than we were using) and as a result the previous schedule has become mucked up rather. But we’re shooting for late spring / early summer on both OO2 and the Feline Wizards books. Hang in there!
I can say “Slan,” and that’s about it. :) I can read a VERY little Irish - the kind of things you see on street signs, mostly. (Enough to know, for example, that getting on a bus that says ATH CLIATH will get me to Dublin eventually.) Beyond that? Nothing.
Someone referred to this on twitter, and of course I had to verify, but apparently it’s true?? The skull Sarah Bernhardt used when she played Hamlet was a gift from Victor Hugo.
I’d wonder why this is never mentioned in bios, but covering Hugo’s life is admittedly a Choose Your Battles kinda thing
STILL THOUGH SARAH BERNHARDT??
THE POEM THOUGH
Before presenting this unusual gift, Hugo inscribed a verse on the cranium about the sadness of the body once the soul has departed. The verse, originally in French, reads:
Skeleton, what have you done with your soul?
Lamp, what have you done with your flame?
Empty cage, what have you done with
The beautiful bird that used to sing?
Volcano, what have you done with your lava?
Slave, what have you done with your master?
“You’ll like its longer, lower, wider BIG-CAR LOOK!” - General Motors Corp, 1951
Guinevere, c.1910 by William de Leftwich Dodge (American, 1867–1935)
no punctuation we read like romans
words doesn’t classical matter order in greek;
we, in a manner akin to that of a man who once was, in Rome, an orator of significant skill, who was then for his elegance of speech renowned and now for his elaborate structure of sentences cursed by generations of scholars of Latin, the language which he spoke and we now study, Cicero, write, rather than by any efficiency, functionality, or ease of legibility have our words, our honors, the breaths of our hearts, be besmirched.
I’m up to it
Not many jnſtances of Punctuation - but for many Daſhes – et words Capitaliz’d for emphavſis, but not logicaly - ſpeeling and word Endings varied Gratelie - and the long S - ſ - vſed in at the ſtart and Centre of wordes - & the short “s” vſed only at the end - as with the U and V, and the I and J - but v and j only at the ſtart of wordes (we diſtinguishe not between Vouels and Conſonants, only decoratiue Letteres). Ye letter “y” being in lookes cloſe to an Olde letter “þ” which is vſed as “th” - Y may be vſed in the place of TH - but only ſparingly - and ſtill Pronounc’d the ſame as TH. Long and rambling ſentences - ſeeminglie without end - a paragraph can conſiſt of One whole ſentence, and ſhort ſentences are rare – we ſcribe like hiſtorical Modern English – and other european Languages.
And furthermore, Carthage is to be destroyed.
I hate all of you.
Okay, I’ve now lived to see someone *else* use the word “boustrophedon” in a Tumblr post. I can now die content. :)
Hmm. An anime “Captain America: Civil War” trailer.
I'm not the person who runs that feed, but I saw it and went, "Crap." Given what you've said your limits are and what wetdryvac said, it might be easier on both the fandom and you if you did block it. On the other hand, the person who does run the feed...
On balance it’s probably better if I go ahead and block it, as I do occasionally drop into Tumblr on one or another browser that doesn’t have blocking correctly enabled. Anyway, thanks for the thought; and if somebody would thank the feed blog’s admin for me, I’d appreciate it. :)
Hey, I'm just curious if you've blocked ao3feed-youngwizards. It's an automated feed for the YW tag on AO3 and I'm trying to figure out if we need to start tagging our fic on AO3 with "not you dd" or not so you don't see it.
I honestly don’t know! If you need me to block it, no problem, I’ll do that.
The story of the Distant Goddess is absolute proof that it’s a crime that Ancient Egyptian mythology hasn’t entered the popular conciousness in the same way as Greek stuff.
Short, super paraphrased version: Ra is sick of humanity being rebellious wee bastards, so he sends a goddess as an embodiment of his vengeance, usually Sekhmet in the form of a great fuckoff lion - first to the southern deserts to wipe out the followers of Set. She does so, and then for unspecified reasons, Ra decides maybe humanity is redeemable hey call off the murderlion. But being an embodiment of pure divine retribution, she isn’t really having it.
So Ra sends Thoth out in an effort to soothe the goddess before she arrives in the north and wipes out everything including the gods (she’s just that strong). He’s terrified, but he tries all sorts of cunning and wisdom and trickery and tells her moral tales and all that, but all he can do is delay her.
In the meantime, Ra’s priests of the north are hard at work. They brew thousands of barrels of beer, and mix pots and pots red dye. And when the goddess inevitably arrives, they mix it up and pour it into the reeds of the nile. Believing it to be the spilled blood of her enemies, she drinks it up proudly… And gets EXTREMELY drunk, calming down and transforming into Hathor, goddess of joy and love.
And once a year to celebrate this momentous occasion, Egyptians would get Absolutely Plastered.
All true. …There’s also a mention somewhere (different papyrus: I forget who mentions it) that the beer has also has had “mandrakes” mixed with it, so they not only got her drunk, but may have roofie’d her JUST TO BE SURE.
mosespussy: short–insomniacs: on my bus ride home (i’m going home for passover) there was a lil old...
on my bus ride home (i’m going home for passover) there was a lil old orthodox jewish man and his DOG had a kippah and tallis!!! so i asked where he got kippot for dogs, and he was like “i ordered it online!! it’s her 13th birthday so we’re throwing her a Bark Mitzvah!!!”
…I don’t normally post things twice in a row, but I uploaded this super gif from Paul Wood (@superretroid) at Twitter last night, and no matter how many times I’ve viewed it since, I haven’t seen it animate ONCE.
So here it is again. Let’s see if it moves THIS time. (sigh)
This just about perfectly sums up both my Tumblr and Twitter feeds…
(Courtesy of the excellent Paul Wood [@SuperRetroid] on Twitter, who created this image.)
tinsnip: ladyyatexel: My surgeon came out and told my mom and brother on Tuesday that I’d be down...
My surgeon came out and told my mom and brother on Tuesday that I’d be down and out for about two weeks.
My brother: TWO WEEKS? Holy shit.
Surgeon: Well, consider this. She and I just had a knife fight. And I won. Because she was asleep during it.
My brother: Oh. Yeah, okay, that’s fair.
Your surgeon sounds fucking hysterical.
One of the good ones. Some are hysterical in other ways. (I should know: I’ve scrubbed in with them.)