Thursday, February 19, 2015

DWJ March is coming up!

Kristen at We Be Reading has posted the information for DWJ March, woohoo!


This is going to be the fourth DWJ March and Kristen is thinking we ought to have a focus to talk about, which I think is a good idea.  So, there's a theme: The Ladies and Lasses of DWJ.  I think this is a great topic to focus on, because DWJ did in fact have some issues in writing about girls and women.  Early in her writing career, she tended to avoid writing female protagonists and always made them boys.  I remember she said that in some interview, and why she did it, but now I'm not sure where the quotation is.  It was a while before she really was able to write girl protagonists.  And then there are DWJ's mothers and older women characters, an awful lot of whom are....hungry.  Controlling, yet neglectful.  Malevolent in some way.  And did I mention hungry?  Yes, we can write a lot of posts about the ladies and lasses of DWJ.  I have no doubt that somebody could write a book.

Cool image, don't you think?

But that's not all!  Kristen has already got giveaways of three books going, which she hopes to be able to send out before DWJ March begins.  Head on over and enter.

There will be three readalongs! And one will be a co-op read with another group!  Kristen lists:
Aunt Maria (a.k.a. Black Maria), discussion post up here on 3/9, Twitter chat on 3/13 The Islands of Chaldea, discussion post up here on 3/17, Twitter chat on 3/21 The Spellcoats, discussion post up at Here There Be Books on 3/25, Twitter chat on 3/29
I've been saving Islands of Chaldea (my second read) for this event, and I've been wanting to re-read Black Maria too.  The Spellcoats has long been a favorite of mine, so I'm all set to participate in all three.

Well I don't know about you, but I can't wait!

4 comments:

Lory said...

Well, of course I'm so excited for this, especially since I missed it last year. Not sure what I will reread, but it will be great.

Christine Harding said...

DWJ, I thought, what on earth is that... Then the penny dropped! Diana Wynne Jones. A whole month devoted to her books. How wonderful is that!

Jean said...

I hope you both participate!!

I hadn't realized till you pointed it out that not once in this post did I spell out Diana Wynne Jones. Oops. Sorry!

Kristen M. said...

Haha! I have to consciously throw in a full name every once in a while for those non-DWJ fans. ;) I'm so happy that you are excited about the theme! I was quite happy with it when I finally came up with it. I should go through Reflections again and see if there's anything in there I would like to write about too! Seven days ...