Last Week’s Sojourn at a Thursday Next Lecture
|by Kim Moreland|
Let’s face it, some people have it all, like the ability to write complex plots and excellent oratorical skills which leave people laughing in the aisles. I’m not exaggerating when I say Mr. Fforde (the extra f and e are silent) could take home a tidy sum if he agreed to appear on Comedy Central.
Laughter aside, in the Q & A session, one fellow asked him if he read all the books he wrote about. Will wonders never cease—Fforde replied that at a minimum he read the main novels he used as plot devices (or characters) in his books. Another person asked him his top 10 all-time favorite books. After a rather convoluted and funny spiel about reading and books, he neatly evaded the question.
Now here’s the real story behind the Fforde/Moreland/Dalfonzo picture saga: I was supposed to be the photographer, but Gina loaded my arms with parcels while she had her book signed then quickly slipped away with camera in hand. I was feeling pretty disheveled after working all day and standing in a bookstore with 20 million other fans for 2½ hours, and after seeing distinct signs of heat and weariness upon other fans, I could only image a very crumpled looking Kim posing beside a nicely groomed man. Gina, on the other hand, was sporting a wrinkle-free blouse and looked fresh and collected.
Alas, I have to admit that Gina took a pretty good picture of me. Nevertheless, I swear, the next time I’m going to take charge of her camera!
Besides Gina, Diane, and me, are there other Fforde fans lurking about? If so, tell me about your favorite scene or character. I don’t want to spoil too much of the suspense, but somewhere in the first three books there’s a scene where Thursday Next escapes a dastardly fiend and plops herself into a book where the landscape is bucolic, and its inhabitants mild and smiling. Can you tell me in what book it occurred and what were the inhabitants' intentions toward Thursday?