I just finished reading Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman–I was studying commercial fantasy style (and I like watching/reading Halloween type stuff this time of year). Boy, the screen writers really improved this book when they made the movie. Now, granted, she did some interesting things with description I liked, some interesting objective correlative–always a fan.
But why she would have Sally move out of the cool old haunted Victorian house and into some subdivision, I don’t get. Good the writers didn’t do that. Not enough plot to account for Officer Hallet, no spells on him — though she seems to imply all the Owens women manage to cast spells over all men–it seems to lack some plot motivation. Most fantasy novels are light on character development and long on plot. In this case, it seemed reversed. Jimmy doesn’t really seem to haunt them. Only the young daughter seems to see him.
I would have appreciated more subtlety possibly in the book than them bringing him back from the dead, but something was missing in the book.
She develops the young daughters more which seems to lessen the development of Sally and Gillian and the aunts–something I was not a fan of, either.
It seemed to just end out of nowhere–abruptly. Strange there.
Still, it was good research and still an enjoyable read. I am going to read more of her work.
Oh, the house was just an architectural shell–though it really appears they built so much of it that it was a shame to tear it down. Barbara Streisand wanted it, I hear. It definitely was perfect.
Happy Wednesday. Dad has doctor appointments today.
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I love words so I write them. I’ve been doing that since I was old enough to read. I am a published literary writer and I was an adjunct English professor at Northern Michigan University for many years. I write and live and love off the grid on 35 acres and a trout stream in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with my son, Joshua, who has Down Syndrome, and with an English Shepherd dog named Maggie, and with my husband when he can make it here which isn’t often. This blog started out being about my work, and it will continue to be. ( I’m working on a novel about premonitions and dreams.) But this blog is also about living off the grid and about my experimentation with diet—most recently the Carnivore Diet. I started on the Ketogenic diet, but have moved into Carnivore. How long, I don’t know. But I’ve become interest in the effects of diet on not just my health, but on creativity. And I’m interested in the effects of the diet on my dreams.
Ah, dreams... The day before my son was born, my mother “dreamed” or was told my son would have Down Syndrome, something she told my brother ahead of time. I’ve never known what to make of that. So I’m interested in prophetic dreams, lucid dreaming, creativity and dreams, night terrors. Who isn't interested in that? I’m interested in Freud (more Jung) and Einstein’s theories of time and how their ideas inform my dreams. I’m interested in mining a deeper relationship with a dream world not confined to daytime experiences, and how the night might inform a more fully imagined daytime “reality.” And vice-versa. Which is the dream?? I’m exploring dreams of all sorts. Come explore with me…
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