At first I was a little embarrassed that I was going to write three entries to run a full analysis of lessons learned from Lev Grossman’s novel, The Magicians. I was able to contain a short review, analysis, and lessons learned of the short story discussed in my first “Interrogating the Text” series in a single post. And then I realized: waitaminit… a novel is a lot longer than a short story, and there’s a lot more depth to what’s going on in a novel. It only makes sense that a complete textual analysis for a novel is going to be longer than for a short story. Heck… I’m probably missing a lot even confining it to three overlong posts.
That said, to get the full benefit of this post, you’ll probably want to check out the prior two posts discussing my reading of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians: here and here. The first is a relatively spoiler-free review that discusses my initial reactions to the book. The second is a deeper and more thorough (and far more spoilery) analysis of why I had the reaction I had. Now, I want to bring it all together to talk about the lessons I think I can take away from all of that.
The short version, then, is that I enjoyed reading the book. The reason I enjoyed it was, mostly, for the high-quality prose, style and voice of the book, first of all, and for the clever twists and tweaks on common and sometimes-cherished, sometimes-maligned fantasy (and YA fantasy, especially) tropes. Continue reading