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In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

This book basically ate my brain when I read it as a kid and I became thoroughly obsessed with it. It consumed me, basically, in a good way - it sparked a lot of creativity and some of my early independent writing had its roots in that book's style, sensibilities, and humour.

Looking back on it, I think one of the greatest gifts it gave me was its characters, especially Morwen.

Cimorene showed me that I could have my own adventures, they didn't have to look like anyone else's, and I didn't have to fit in at home to be happy; I could find my own place. That was a really valuable thing to have, and to have pre-puberty, I think.

Morwen, though, was who I wanted to grow up to be. She was magic and clever and lived alone with a bunch of cats and she was happy. She kept her house neat and tidy, exactly how she liked it, was a skilled baker and ciderer, and was working on organising her library. She put up barriers to keep crap from entering her life (none of this nonsense, please).

I think Morwen let me grow up imagining a future for myself where being by myself and living by myself and doing the work I wanted to do was an option, and that option a given.

She introduced me to witches as independent women with deep lives, strong friendships, and morals. You could probably write a strong meta piece about Kazul, Morwen, and Cimorene - a dragon, a witch, and an improper princess - living outside the bounds of polite society and facing down the patriarchy (wizards): feminism and fairy tales in the enchanted forest and mountains of morning.

Morwen made me want to be a witch when I grew up, and she set me up pretty well for meeting the witches of the Discworld - and feminist texts for that matter. ...and you know what? I've got two feet on the ground, know I'm never going to fly on a broomstick, have been filing taxes for years, and I still want to be a witch.

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Date: 2017-01-04 01:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cornerofmadness
I've read other books by Ms Wrede but not this one. I'll have to go look it up. Thanks.

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Date: 2017-01-04 02:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cornerofmadness
SO true

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Date: 2017-01-04 05:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calvinahobbes
I think I once brought home a used library copy of this book, it I never actually read it. That makes me sad now!

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Date: 2017-01-07 03:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] calvinahobbes
I want to read it, but I haven't been very successful finishing children's stories. Maybe at some later point in my life I'll be able to get into those kinds of books again.

(And hiiiii! <3)
Edited Date: 2017-01-07 03:32 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-01-04 09:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] akamine_chan
This is awesome. <3

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Date: 2017-01-04 12:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sperrywink
That is delightful that it touched you so young! Because, yeah, knowing you don't have to fit in at home before puberty is a huge thing.

I like this Morwen too. Maybe I want to be her when I grow up too. *g*

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Date: 2017-01-05 09:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhw
I've not read this, but you're the fourth person I've come across recently who has recc'd it. I'll have to pop it onto my 'To Read' list!

Thank you!

Date: 2017-01-09 07:51 pm (UTC)
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I've been enjoying the Fandom Snowflake Challenge and wanted to thank you for helping make that happen.

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