Beyond the Door Blog Tour – guest post and giveaway

Beyond the Door Blog Tour

What have I learned about the world from myth as a writer and a reader? Since writing Beyond the Door and The Peculiars I’ve been thinking about why myth matters. Over the next week I’ll be blogging in the U.S and U.K. about six things I’ve learned from mythic stories that have inspired me. Plus there will be fun giveaways and a post by cover artist Victo Ngai!  Follow the thread…

Six Things I’ve Learned from Myth Part 2 (with a little help from Mr. Tolkien)

 We are All More than Meets the Eye

Reluctant heroes are at the heart of many ancient and contemporary mythic stories and fairytales. This isn’t surprising because they illustrate one of the greatest  truths we so easily forget. We, every one of us, are more than we appear.  Shall we make a list? Bilbo Baggins, Lucy Pevinse, Harry Pottery, Arthur,  Faced with extraordinary situations we can be heroic, noble, self-sacrificing. Isn’t that what stories have been whispering to us for time out of time: you are more than others see, you can make a difference in the world, you with all your flaws, prejudices, inconsistencies are immensely valuable and have something unique to offer the world.

Let’s have no more argument. I have chosen Mr. Baggins and that ought to be enough for all of you. If I say he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is, or will be when the time comes. There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself. You may (possibly) all live to thank me yet.” Tolkien, The Hobbit

We Can Fight Dragons and Win

All children know the world is full of dragons. What they to know is that sometimes they can be the hero who defeats the dragon. They (and we) need to be reminded that the dragon isn’t the end. Even though the path through the woods is dark, the story doesn’t end in despair. Like Timothy in Beyond the Door, we need to know that when the wolf is at the door, hot breathed and bloody clawed, we can be Wolfproof. Myth is tells us that the least expected person may be the hero.

Fairy stories are more than true, not because they tell us there are dragons, but because they tell us they can be defeated.” G.K. Chesterton

Story is Transformation

We love stories of transformation selkies, shapeshifters, changlings, enchantments. Without change there is no story because story is not about plot. It’s about how events change people. The human heart is made for stories and the greatest satisfaction for a reader is the protagonists inner journey. We read to see how the conflicts, struggles, antagonists will transform the hero, because her story is our story too. Stories aren’t prescriptive, they’re transformative.  They are acts of identification.  In the best stories we identify with the protagonist’s struggles and something in us is changed by the end. The Hero’s journey is our journey.

And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.” 
J.R.R. TolkienThe Return of the King 

U.K. 6/13 http://wesatdown.blogspot.com – The cover story post illustrator Victo Ngai

As well as this wonderful guest post, I’ve a give away for 5 copies of Time out of Time. Entry via Rafflecopter below

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About Jax Blunt

I'm the original user, Jax Blunt I've been blogging for ten years, give or take, and if you want to know me, read me :)

Comments

  1. I’m useless at using Rafflecopter… hopefully I’ve done most of it right for the book competition. My children and I love books that take you to a different time. All of the CS Lewis books are read over and over again in our house. As a little girl, I read a lovely book, the Children of Green Knowe (I think) it was wonderful, moving from present to tudor times. We’re always at Hampton Court Palace and in the winter, I often wonder who lurks behind a closed door and am tempted to step through one marked private! You never know….

  2. Angela Wilcox says:

    I always loved the CS Lewis books, especially the The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Now I have kids who are also keen readers

  3. katie skeoch says:

    I once read a short story about a scientist who travelled back to Pagan times, love those kind of stories

  4. The Time Machine H. G. Wells

  5. The first novel that sprung to mind was The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett! I’m by no means a Pratchett fan but I really enjoyed this one!

  6. I really enjoyed Labyrinth. Great imagery and it actually held my attention. So few of the time orientated stories get it right from start to end.

  7. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, one of my favourite books. I love how the door (Door) from present day London opens up a whole fantasy world that runs parallel with the real.

  8. Time travel – The Time Travellers Wife. Absolutely love this book!

  9. Um… Oh, the Queen of Dreams has a fun bit of travel into the past so I’ll go for that one ;-)

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