As I write this, I'm listening to the first part of the new radio play of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and, well, James McAvoy, right? Swoon. Anyway, this week, I would just like to share a couple of the brilliant quotes I've come across in my reading so far. I'm marking pages with little post-its and it looks like a study guide. I'm learning so much about story structure and writing and, thankfully, Fire and Hemlock.
"I think the reason that the heroic ideal had, as it were, retreated to children's books is that children do, by nature, status, and instinct, live more in the heroic mode than the rest of humanity. The naturally have the right naive, straightforward approach. And in every playground there are actual giants to be overcome and the moral issues are usually clearer than they are, say, in politics."
"Books, like dreams, let you have your experience and reject it too."
"But adults are handicapped by terminal assumptions about what goes with which genre. If they think I am writing, fantasy, then my belligerent witches must go on a quest armed only with swords and spells and either on foot or horseback; and if what I am doing is to be science fiction, no one aboard my starship is allowed magic, but only scientific principles not altogether yet proven, such as an ability to travel faster than light. Does nobody find these unspoken assumptions absurd?"
"A book should conclude satisfactorily; to leave the ending for the next volume is cynical (and annoying for readers)."Spending time with a master of her art,