Well, it seems I've killed this community with my post on Erotica, so let me try to revivify it. *g*
I am, as you already know, ensconsed in Diane Wynne Jones's Chrestomanci series.
I'm currently in between book 3 - Witch Week and book 4 - the Lives of Christopher Chant.
I love it a lot.
Each book is different, with new protagonists in a new setting, but what remains is the author's humor and inventivity.
I was particularly touched while reading the 3rd book by the way she can write children that I find highly believable. I have talked with other people about this, and they pointed out that most of them, the ones we see closely anyway, are a bit too clever.
Well, it is true, but having always been a clever kid myslef, I identify somewhat easier, maybe. *g*
It's not only that though.
Not all the kids are clever in the book(s). But it seems to me what is really realistic is the way DWJ renders the ability in children of imagination. Her kids seem richer and thicker with inner imagination than JKR's protagonists, in the same way her entire magic is, too.
Eq was saying she likes magic from DWJ better than magic from JKR and Artemis, and I agree with that. DWJ seems to grow an organic magic, to go get it in the roots of Earth and people and myths a lot more. It feels a bit more ancient, but most of all it feels more real and yes, less mechanical.
It is therefore more entrancing, more magnetic, and draws you in further.
That is also true of her characters.
I'm looking forward to reading other books from her.
In passing, it's not the magic I like about the Artemis books, so I'm ok with that. This might also be true about HP, but I can't tell anymore cause I'm lost in Fanon and never was a *huge* fan of Canon anyway. I think what I like in Canon is Hogwarts, Quidditch and the level of details in the settings, and what I regret is the lack of details in the characters AND magic. But JKR might well have a talent for artifacts, say. I think she does those well.
Should I leave you with a question to force you into writing? Should we all agree to read the same book and then discuss it together?
I feel we're all neglecting this outlet, and I'd like to think we can fix that and make it even more comfortable a place. What do you think?