Author has written 14 stories for Lloyd Alexander, Star Wars, Chronicles of Narnia, and A Little Princess.
I'm 32, and I love children's books.
This explains why they are my fandoms of choice. In the words of the great C.S. Lewis: "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty...the only imaginative works we ought to grow out of are those which it would have been better not to have read at all."
I am chiefly devoted to Lloyd Alexander's brilliant Chronicles of Prydain, a five-book fantasy series based loosely on Welsh mythology. Mr. Alexander was a master of infusing his work with wry humor, gentle wisdom, and great pathos, all the while keeping a simple, direct style that makes his books deceptively easy to read. I discover a new insight every time I re-read them, and I have re-read them more times than I can count. I am so indebted to this gifted man for the many hours of joy, not to mention various valuable insights, he has given me through his stories, and I join my fellow fans in expressing how much we miss him.
I'm troubled when people use creative license as a cover for doing "whatever they want" with someone else's characters. I personally believe that in the realm of fanfiction, which is essentially "tolerated" copyright violation, it is important to stay as accurate to canon as possible with characters, simply out of respect to the original creator. While I'm not bothered by AU stories that change setting or events, having beloved characters say and do things that they would never say or do in canon disturbs me greatly, particularly if their actions directly contradict any obvious convictions or beliefs of the author. I would not want stories written about my characters, which are like my children, that did not treat them the same way I would, so I think it's important to give that same courtesy to the original authors of my favorite works, without whom I wouldn't be able to play in these worlds in the first place. That's just my take on things, but it guides me well in my writing.
For those budding authors who join me in this frivolous but rewarding past time and wish to improve their work, my best advice is to turn off the television and computer and start reading. And by "reading" I don't mean other fanfic or fashion magazines. Read books, good classic books that stretch your brain and make you think, and try to pay attention to the way great authors use words. This is especially true if you are writing a story inspired by a movie based on a book. For heaven's sake, read the book! Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, you will like it even more.
Paying attention in your English grammar classes is also advisable. :)
In addition to writing, I do Prydain artwork, which you can see at my gallery. There's Narnia stuff there too for all my fellow Inklings.
Favorite authors: C.S.Lewis, Lloyd Alexander, J.R.R.Tolkien, Robin McKinley, J.M.Barrie, L.M.Montgomery, Francis Hodgeson Burnett, Boothe Tarkington, Gail Carson Levine, George MacDonald
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