For just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there's nothing else. It's here, and you'd better decide to enjoy it or you're going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever.— Lev Grossman
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I loved fantasy, but I particularly loved the stories in which somebody got out of where they were and into somewhere better - as in the Chronicles Of Narnia, The Wizard Of Oz, The Phantom Tollbooth, the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon.
It's an engrossing look at the way the flow of information shapes history-as well as a rare glimpse into the soul of the hardcore geek
If there's a single lesson that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so.
Quentin had an obsolete sailing ship that had been raised from the dead.
He had psychotically effective swordsman and an enigmatic witch-queen. It wasn't the Fellowship of the Ring, but then again he wasn't trying to save the world from Sauron, he was trying to perform a tax audit on a bunch of hick islanders.
Young minds - young brains - need stories and ideas like the ones in those [censored and banned] books in order to grow. They need ideas that you disagree with. They need ideas that I disagree with. Or they'll never be able to figure out what ideas they believe in.
He who completes a quest does not merely find something. He becomes something.
A big silvery janitor. Penny, this can’t be how the universe works.” “In the Order we call it ‘inverse profundity.’ We’ve observed it in any number of cases. The deeper you go into the cosmic mysteries, the less interesting everything gets.
I have no doubt there are magician psychopaths, and magician serial killers.
I doubt Brakebills admissions is very good at screening for those.
The paradox of the English country house is that its state of permanent decline, the fact that its heyday is always behind it, is part of the seduction, just as it is part of the seduction of books in general.
Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and the naked hatred.
A magician is strong because he feels the pain between what the world is and what he would make of it.
Escapism has value, even if I don't know what its value is, exactly.
Maybe it's just part of some healthy way that we deal with the world.
The main advantage of being a reviewer is that you read a lot.
A lot of books get sent to you, and you have an amazing vantage point from which to observe what's going on in contemporary fiction - not only genre stuff, the whole spectrum.
It didn’t matter where you were, if you were in a room full of books you were at least halfway home.
Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there's nothing else.
By now he had learned enough to know that when he was getting annoyed at somebody else, it was usually because there was something that he himself should be doing, and he wasn't doing it.
The process of learning is a nonstop orgy of wonderment.
I feel very conscious of my influences. T.H. White is very important for me.
Careful what you hunt, lest you catch it.
The real problem with being around James was that he was always the hero.
And what did that make you? Either the sidekick or the villain.
Everybody wanted to be the hero of their own story. Nobody wanted to be comic relief.
Do you promise to hate my parents as much as I do?" "Oh, absolutely," Quentin said. "Maybe even more.
You're all so obsessed with other worlds, you're so convinced that this one is crap and everywhere else is great, but you've never bothered to figure out what's going on here!
I read Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr.
Norrell, which I think will subsequently be recognized as one of the first great novels of the 21st century.
I love playing with the conventions of fantasy, and breaking rules, and crossing lines.
The idea of some kind of objectively constant, universal literary value is seductive. It feels real. It feels like a stone cold fact that In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust, is better than A Shore Thing, by Snooki. And it may be; Snooki definitely has more one-star reviews on Amazon. But if literary value is real, no one seems to be able to locate it or define it very well. We're increasingly adrift in a grey void of aesthetic relativism.
You don't want to move toward some utopian literary situation where everybody's free of all conventions. That's ridiculous! Conventions are what you need. You have nothing to break down if you don't have conventions.
You're saying the gods don't have free will.
" "The power to make mistakes," Penny said. "Only we have that. Mortals
More than fantasy or even science fiction, Ray Bradbury wrote horror, and like so many great horror writers he was himself utterly without fear, of anything. He wasn't afraid of looking uncool - he wasn't scared to openly love innocence, or to be optimistic, or to write sentimentally when he felt that way.
It was so much easier to be angry. Being angry made him feel strong, even though-- and this contradiction did nothing to diminish his anger-- he was angry only because his position was so weak.
I've only read three books by Stephen King.
When I was 10 I read 'The Long Walk,' one of his pseudonymous Bachman books. In my early 20s, while trapped on a family vacation, I read 'The Dark Half,' which taught me a word I have never forgotten: psychopomp. Now I have read '11/22/63.'
It's very important, at least to me as a writer, that there be some rules on the table when I'm writing. Rules come from genres. You're writing in a genre, there are rules, which is great because then you can break the rules. That's when really exciting things happen.
I always hated those fantasy books where, at the end, all the kids had to go home. At the end of a Narnia book, you always got shown the door. Same with The Wizard Of Oz and The Phantom Tollbooth. You get kicked out of your magic land. It's like, "By the way, here's your next surprise: You get to go home!" And the kids are all like, "Yay, we get to go home!" I never bought that. Did anybody buy that?
The real world is horrible.
She tortured everybody around her, but only because she was more tortured than anyone.
A magician is strong because he feels pain.
He feels the difference between what the world is and what he would make of it. Or what did you think that stuff in your chest was? A magician is strong because he hurts more than others. His wound is his strength.
People - me included - want to get excited about books. Good books are a good thing.
When the oldest Chatwin, melancholy Martin, opens the cabinet of the grandfather clock that stands in a dark, narrow back hallway in his aunt’s house and slip through into Fillory...it’s like he’s opening the covers of a book, but a book that did what books always promised to do and never ac tually quite did: get you out, really out, of where you were and into something better.
The danger would be going back, or staying still.
The only way out was through. The past was ruins, but the present was still in play.
The line between outside and inside is fuzzier in fantasy.
Maybe that's something people are looking for.
Being a hero, the man had observed, is largely a matter of knowing one’s cues.
I feel that's one of the central questions of fantasy.
What did we lose when we entered the 20th and 21st century, and how can we mourn what we lost, and what can we replace it with? We're still asking those questions in an urgent way.
Magic: it was what happened when the mind met the world, and the mind won for a change.
It turns out that there is something that can compete with free: easy.
About as close you can get to the perfect cerebral thriller: searingly smart, ridiculously funny, and fast as hell... I defy anybody to read the first page and not keep going to the last.
When I was 35 I realized that I was still thinking a lot about what it would be like to go to Narnia. To really go - not just in a daydream, or in a children's book, but what it would actually feel like, physically, psychologically, every other way. The idea was haunting me.
His whole personality was like an elaborate joke that he never stopped telling.
Josh speculated about the hypothetical contents of an imaginary porn magazine for intelligent trees that would be entitled Enthouse.
Most people are blind to magic. They move thru a blank and empty world. They’re bored with their lives and there’s nothing they can do about it. They’re eaten alive by longing and they’re dead before they die.