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My name is Olivia and I am a senior at Butler University. I spend most of my time in Lilly Hall as a BFA Dance Performance major. When not in rehearsal or ballet class, I write papers for my English Literature second major. In my super-abundant, never-lacking, this-is-highly-sarcastic spare time, I attempt to cook in my apartment kitchen, watch Youtube videos of ballet, knit sweaters that never seem to come to an end, and read books both silly and serious. If I could take any class at Butler just for kicks, I'd go for DiffyQ.

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Farewell, Diana

Admist all the basketball excitement, I read that Diana Wynne Jones passed away yesterday after her prolonged battle with cancer. She has long been one of my favorite authors, with her wit, intelligence, faith in her younger readership, wry pragmatism, and brilliant writing.

I remember reading DWJ in school, on my back porch, on airplanes. I read to myself, laughed myself to tears; I read to my sisters, joked about butter pies and Fantasyland’s lack of socks. I struggled to make sense of Hexwood and Fire and Hemlock; I devoured Howl’s Moving Castle, Dark Lord of Derkholm, and all the Chrestomanci books. Who could forget the antics of Deep Secret or Year of the Griffin? Her situational humor, her sparkling adjectives, her inventive and deconstructive clichés…

Her accolades and awards include two Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honors, the Karl Edward Wagner Award for having a significant impact on the field of fantasy literature, and the World Fantasy Society Lifetime Achievement Award.

It is an odd thing to be moved to tears while the rest of the state explodes in basketball-related joy. Outside my window, horns and chants and laughter. Inside, only a desperate grief, a heavy emptiness for that great lady of literature.

The book/blog/writing world demonstrates an outpouring of grief and sympathy for DWJ’s family. What a testament to one of literature’s best and brightest. Shine on, Diana. You will be missed.

2 Responses to Farewell, Diana

  1. Olivia says:

    Thank you.

  2. Zach says:

    I’m very sorry to hear that Olivia. Authors, especially, make such lasting impressions on our lives. We invest so much of ourselves in the books we love, and cherish the authors that have so profoundly shaped us into the people we are today. We lose vast hours of our day immersed in their unique worlds, sympathizing with their lovable characters, forming fond memories to which we will seek refuge in later years. They leave us forever changed through the excitement they bring, the awe they inspire, and the insight and wisdom they provide. Diana Wynne Jones was a true master of her craft. She never failed to excite, to awe, to inspire, and to teach. She was a mother to many, shaping and nurturing generations of zealous, young readers, and her legacy will forever continue on in them. You’re very fortunate to have been so touched by her and her work. I know you will continue to carry on her creativity, her passion, and her spirit in all your future writing endeavors.

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