Tag Archives: diana wynne jones

R.I.P. Diana Wynne Jones

I haven’t been a fan for very long of Diana Wynne Jones. I’ve only started reading her works some time around 2004 or 2005, when I first saw Studio Ghibli’s adaptation of “Howl’s Moving Castle”. A small print at the back of the DVD said “Based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones.”

I immediately searched for information about her and found tons of information about her and the books she wrote. I wanted to get just Howl’s, but when I made a trip to the bookstore, I couldn’t find it. I then turned to my favorite source of books: Booksale. In the years that followed, I’ve amassed quite a number of her books, but I haven’t completed them all. I’ve gotten all three Howl related books, the Chrestomanci Chronicles, the Dark Lord of Derkholm and a couple of the standalone books. I found out she was friends with Neil Gaiman when I saw the dedication for her book “Hexwood”.

After reading “Howl’s Moving Castle”, I can understand why Hayao Miyazaki wanted to animate it. It’s got the perfect whimsical feeling that many of his films are known for. While there’s plenty of deviation from the book, somehow, I find both appealing.

My last DWJ book is “The House of Many Ways”, also a Howl book. It makes me sad to know that such a talented author has passed on, very close to the heels of Brian Jacques, another well-loved author.

Thank you for the wonderful stories, Ms. Diana. They comforted and entertained me. Your worlds and words will live on, and you can bet that I shall pass them on to any one who wants to experience it. Rest in peace.

Diana Wynne Jones 16 August 1934 – 26 March 2011

Edit: Here is Neil’s lovely piece about Diana. I’m glad he’s sharing his relationship with her, and it means so much more because I’m a fan of them both. I honestly read more Diana Wynne Jones works than I have Neil Gaiman’s, and enjoyed them more (because Neil’s works feel a tad too dark at times, while Diana’s is sunny and fun and more fantastical for me).

BTT: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Booking Through Thursday

This week’s question from Debbie: One of my favorite sci-fi authors (Sharon Lee) has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day. What might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?

I think that everybody has read at least one sci-fi and fantasy book once in their lifetime, sometimes not even knowing that they did. Look back into your childhood reads and the familiar stories of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan would count as fantasy works. As for sci-fi, well, that may be a little hard to think of haha.

I definitely read fantasy. I read sci-fi too but I’m more into the realm of the magical and mystical than the technical and industrial (although there are many books that wonderfully combine the two).

Among my favorite fantasy writers are *drumroll please!* Neil Gaiman (Stardust, The Graveyard Book, Coraline), Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Air, The Magicians of Caprona), J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series), David and Leigh Eddings (The Belgariad, The Mallorean, The Elenium), Jostein Gaarder (The Solitaire Mystery, Sophie’s World) and even Isabel Allende (City of the Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, The Forest of the Pygmies).

I suppose my sci-fi readings belong mostly to the manga and comic book section. Somehow, I never really enjoyed reading those kinds of stories but if its accompanied by illustrations, I’m more liable to read it. One of my favorite manga is Moto Hagio’s They Were Eleven. My favorite mangaka Rumiko Takahashi also delves into the world of sci-fi and fantasy with many of her works.

And that has yet to include the paranormal and sci-fi themed works that the other authors I read write. Nora Roberts for one, and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

What sci-fi and fantasy works do you read?