Diana Wynne Jones (16 August 1934 26 March 2011) was a British author of fantasy, mostly of the Young Adult variety. Noted for her intricate plotting with frequent uses of The Plan, high-energy dialogue, and relentlessly British wit. She is probably best known for Howl's Moving Castle (which was turned into a very successful animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki), and her Chrestomanci series, but she has an extensive catalog of novels and short stories.
She was diagnosed with cancer but decided to stop chemotherapy in 2010, and died in March 2011. But her career still wasn't quite over, as in 2013 another of her manuscripts was discovered, and prepared for publication.
Works with a page on this Wiki:
- Archer's Goon
- Black Maria (aka Aunt Maria)
- Chrestomanci (or The Chronicles of Chrestomanci)
- Charmed Life
- The Magicians of Caprona
- Witch Week
- The Lives of Christopher Chant
- Mixed Magics (a short story collection)
- Conrad's Fate
- The Pinhoe Egg
- The Dalemark Quartet
- Cart and Cwidder
- Drowned Ammet
- The Spellcoats
- The Crown of Dalemark
- Dark Lord of Derkholm (and its sequel, Year of the Griffin)
- Eight Days of Luke
- Enchanted Glass
- Fire and Hemlock
- The Homeward Bounders
- The Islands of Chaldea (a Posthumous Collaboration)
- The Magids
- Moving Castle series
- The Ogre Downstairs
- Power of Three
- A Sudden Wild Magic
- A Tale of Time City
- The Time of the Ghost
- The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: An affectionately parodic encyclopedia of standard fantasy elements, which reads like an undiscovered section of this wiki (or possibly vice versa).
Her other works include:
- "The Game" (novella)
- Puss In Boots
- Wild Robert
- Wilkins Tooth (aka Witch's Business in the US)
Short story/novella collections:
- Believing Is Seeing
- Everard's Ride
- Minor Arcana
- Stopping for a Spell
- Unexpected Magic
- Warlock at the Wheel and Other Stories
- Action Girl: Pretty much all her Urban Fantasy protagonists are this.
- Adults Are Useless: There were a lot of examples of this, based on both her own experience and a subversion of the common trope of parents who seem to be seeking Achievements in Ignorance. Most prominently featured in Fire and Hemlock with Polly's mother Ivy.
- Affectionate Parody: Both the Derkholm series and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland are this for the fantasy genre, and there's a soft skewering of fantasy in most of her works.
- Badass Normal: A lot of her stories revolve around someone normal struggling in a world of magic (or at least, so it seems).
- Britain is Only London: Averted. Most (if not all) of her books have at least one setting that isn't London.
- Children's Literature: Everything she wrote, with the exception of Changeover and A Sudden Wild Magic, is this.
- Mind Screw: A pretty common complaint/praise.
- The Multiverse: The Howl, Chrestomanci and Magid Series, and the stand-alone The Homeward Bounders, are all set in multiverses (though, as far as we know, not the same one).
- Mythology: Pretty much everything she wrote took cues off some sort of mythology.
- Public Domain Character: The Homeward Bounders has a lot of this, but a lot of her work has this in spades.
- The Reveal: Many of her stories feature surprising revelations about one or more characters, the most frequent ones being that they're related to another character, have special powers, and/or are secretly a villain. Sometimes the characters themselves were unaware of these things, leading to an I Am Who? moment. Archer's Goon, Howl's Moving Castle, and The Merlin Conspiracy abound with multiple reveals, while Charmed Life, Eight Days of Luke, A Tale of Time City and The Lives of Christopher Chant have one or two major reveals each.
- Urban Fantasy: Pretty much all of her fiction has some degree of this.