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Actually, in the wild, we'd be the only person that we wouldn't recognize, if you think about it.
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All these things that crib and cab in your brain, in your imagination, are in fact things that might well in later life drive you insane.
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And indeed if you think you're a genius at something, what you achieve is very much according to your expectations; if you think you're no good, you're not going to get anywhere.
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Fantasy does have this quality which isn't simplicity, but appears to be, and I'm at a loss to define it, usually.
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Fantasy for me as a kid was real, and I had a fantasy about what life was, whether it was sort of wicked and dire, or wholly normal, or whatever. Anything really close to home is not, it seems to me, what a good book should be about.
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His name's Charles de Lint, and he said he wanted to tell me that he wouldn't be writing now as he does had he not read my books when he was a teenager. He said they completely revolutionised his way of thinking.
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I do feel very strongly that this is one of the things which people need encouragement to sort out, because I have this very strong feeling that everybody is probably a genius at something, it's just a question of finding this.
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I feel that it's terribly important to build up to children this notion that it's O.K., that you are a person, and you will find yourself.
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I find it just simply takes me right back to those times, and I really can't take it, I don't want to, I mean, why should I face up to it? What good does it do me? I know it happened, and that's it.
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I mean one of the things about being alone is that you've no people to define yourself off, I mean, people are like all-round mirrors, because let's face it, we don't often see ourselves all round in a mirror anyway, do we.
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I think one of things is that all fantasy it seems to me works the way your brain basically works. This is perhaps a startling concept, but I think it's true.
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I was shaken completely to my socks about 5 years ago now; I went to a fantasy convention and I was suddenly accosted by this very interesting Canadian writer whose things I'd admired.
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If you take myth and folklore, and these things that speak in symbols, they can be interpreted in so many ways that although the actual image is clear enough, the interpretation is infinitely blurred, a sort of enormous rainbow of every possible colour you could imagine.
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If you think you're moderate, you're only going to get halfway to moderate, because you get half-way to where you're aiming every time, really.
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It seems to me that humour is everybody's way of keeping sane and standing off from the situations so that they can see it intellectually, as well as emotionally, and I don't know whether you've noticed, but if somebody tells a joke, it's nearly always a mini fantasy.
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It's a lucky child that knows that they're a genius, unaimed and all that.
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Kids can do anything, get anywhere, understand anything provided they've got sufficient curiosity, and the motives.
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Mainly as sort of blueprints for dealing with most of the adults in their lives, to some extent with their fellows. It is this notion of aiming high and there's always hope, aim low and you might as well stop now.
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My childhood was so appalling really, one way or another, that realist fiction seems to me direly horrible.
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People suddenly get this idea which is aside from where everything seems to be going, and in fact it takes everything on a new stage.
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This blending of the fantasy very closely with normal everyday life, he's very good on that, he being Canadian sets it in Ontario, so you have this sense of a city, and then things get weirder and weirder and you move out to another world.
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This does make me very very careful, particularly in the second draft, to get it right, because you do feel that somebody in the future who may be extremely important for everybody, is going to have me behind them, and this is a responsibility, a huge one.
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This is ridiculous, I mean, wholly ridiculous. It never did any child any harm to have something that was a tiny bit above them anyway, and I claim that anyone who can follow Doctor Who can follow absolutely anything.
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When children first learn a joke is a marvellous moment for them and they bore you stiff with it! "What lies on the ocean bottom and shivers? A nervous wreck"!
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You want to sort of provide little openings, so that people can say... "yes!" This is why I like happy endings, incidentally.
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Your brain, when it's working on a problem, says "what if, what if, what if?" Fantasy is just an extension of "what if?"
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