“We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness.”—David Weatherford (via julie911)
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”—Henri J.M. Nouwen (via kari-shma)
“Our mistakes don’t make or break us. If we are lucky, they simply reveal who we really are, what we’re made of. Challenges will come, but if you treat them simply as tests of who you are, you’ll come out of it not bitter and victimized, but smarter and stronger.”—Donn Moomaw (via quote-book)
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”— Atticus Finch (‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee)
Neil Gaiman has revealed that a film adaptation of his book American Gods is in the works.
The novel, first published in 2001, takes place in a world in which gods and mythological creatures exist.
In a recent interview, Gaiman exclusively revealed to DS that a director “who has many, many Oscars” is already on board the project.
“I’m going to be having a meeting in LA with the people that the film rights have been sold to,” he confirmed. “I’m going to be… talking to them, find out where they’re going and if there’s any way that I can help.”
He also described the unnamed director attached to the film as “a genius”.
“He fell in love with this [novel] about six or seven years ago and has not given up,” explained the writer.
Watch Neil Gaiman discuss the upcoming American Gods film in full below.
Famed British fantasy, science fiction, and children’s author, Diana Wynne Jones has died. Ms. Jones passed away March 25, 2011 from a two-year battle with cancer, according to a listserv of children’s literature professionals. The author inspired many children’s fantasy writers working today, including American author, Jane Yolen.
Ms. Jones is known for several fantasy series, including the Chrestomanci series; the Derkholm series; Dalemark Quartet; the Castle series, and Magids series.
Her novel, Howl’s Moving Castle, was adapted into an animated film in 2004. The film was directed by Hayao Miyazaki and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated feature.
Ms. Jones’s work is critically acclaimed. Several of her novels have been nominated or shortlisted for awards, including the Carnegie Medal, Mythopoeic Fantasy, British Fantasy Award, Boston Globe-Horn Book, and World Fantasy Award.
Despite dozens of novels and a long career as an author, many of Ms. Jones’s readers believe she has not received adequate recognition. Ms. Jones was gracious about the seeming oversight.
About J. K. Rowling’s global commercial success with herHarry Potter series, for example, a series many say bears several resemblances to threads in Ms. Jones’s work, she toldthe Guardian in 2003, “I think that she [Rowling] read my books as a young person and remembered lots of stuff; there are so many striking similarities.” Asked about any seeming “downloads” of story elements on the part of Ms. Rowling, she added, “I feel slightly aggrieved, but it happens so easily - one retains something in one’s mind. I would like to ask her about it, but she’s hard to meet: she was very frightened by all the publishing furore.”
Diana Wynne Jones was born in London in 1934 and studied at Oxford with both C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. In 2007, she received the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
R.I.P. Diana Wynne Jones. Condolences to her family, friends, colleagues, and her many readers.
An added note: if you haven’t read the series that Howl’s Moving Castle was based on I would definitely recommend that you do. They’re fantastic and may put several incongruities within the movie into perspective.