The Chrestomanci fandom on tumblr is so small there might actually be a possibility I could know everyone here. It’ll be like an actual community! Let’s start. Your name, how and when you discovered the books, and other stuff you feel like including.
Hi, I’m Pan. I got Volume I from my crazy aunt/dad’s friend when I was in elementary school. I can honestly say these books helped shaped me as a reader and writer. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread them. I’m planning on reading her other things soon.
Hi, I’m Minutia! Probably my older brother was the first one in our family to start reading DWJ? Her books were always just kind of in the house.
I have never identified with another fictional character as hard as I identified with Nan Pilgrim when I was twelve. Sometimes when you reread as an adult a book you loved as a kid, you find that the suck fairy has been to visit, but every time I reread Witch Week I am just struck by how perfect it is.
Like a lot of other people have said, I basically learned to write by reading DWJ. (I usually consider this a good thing but it isn’t always—for instance I have a tendency for my stories to resolve by some numinous magical thing happening that no one but me really understands.) It is kind of remarkable how much of a writer’s writer DWJ is—she’s not so well known by the public at large or even fandom at large, but if you ask a YA author who her favorite author is, DWJ will be the answer perhaps more often than you’d expect.
Hi, I’m Laura!
I was a huge DWJ fan when I was a kid, but the Chrestomanci series actually wasn’t even in my top ten until I was an adult! I was a huuuuge Howl’s Moving Castle fan (and still am!). I basically memorized that book, and re-read it constantly. It is still one of my favourite books of all time.
I read all the Chrestomanci books but they didn’t stand out to me until I re-read them a couple of years ago and fell in love with every word (and every character!).
As with everyone else, DWJ taught me a huge amount about writing, and I’m still blown away by her writing whenever I re-read the books (abrupt endings and all). She is the best character writer, which is my favourite thing about her books. Her characters are such real people, even in fantastic situations, and you can connect with them so easily.
Outside of writing and fantasy books, I spend 100% of my time with animals, via work and hobby, so I also always appreciate her inclusion of cats and other furry friends :)