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Just started rereading The Magicians by Lev Grossman, for probably the fourth time, because it’s just so goddamn good. So here, have some fan art:

The Physical Kids Find a Clock Tree by Christopher Shy

Alice Gets Her First Look at Brakebills by Christopher Shy

Alice by Christopher Shy

Alice by Melia

Alice by Cecilia Bohlin

Quentin by Cecilia Bohlin

I have a little theory that I’d like to air here, if I may. What is it that you think makes you magicians?” More silence. Fogg was well into rhetorical-question territory now anyway. He spoke more softly. “Is it because you are intelligent? Is it because you are brave and good? Is is because you’re special?

Maybe. Who knows. But I’ll tell you something: I think you’re magicians because you’re unhappy. A magician is strong because he feels pain. He feels the difference between what the world is and what he would make of it. Or what did you think that stuff in your chest was? A magician is strong because he hurts more than others. His wound is his strength.

Most people carry that pain around inside them their whole lives, until they kill the pain by other means, or until it kills them. But you, my friends, you found another way: a way to use the pain. To burn it as fuel, for light and warmth. You have learned to break the world that has tried to break you.

—  The Magicians, Lev Grossman

SPACES STILL UNDONE - The Magicians fanmix

“But I’ll tell you something: I think you’re magicians because you’re unhappy. A magician is strong because he feels pain. He feels the difference between what the world is and what he would make of it. Or what did you think that stuff in your chest was? A magician is strong because he hurts more than others. His wound is his strength. Most people carry that pain around inside them their whole lives, until they kill the pain by other means, or until it kills them. But you, my friends, you found another way: a way to use the pain. To burn it as fuel, for light and warmth. You have learned to break the world that has tried to break you.” 

01 | KLAXONS Golden Skans
02 | VAST Touched
03 | DAMON ALBARN 9 Point Star
04 | DAEMONIA NYMPHE Dance of Satyrs
05 | BLACKMORE’S NIGHT Home Again
06 | STEELEYE SPANN The King
07 | MEDIAEVAL BAEBES Now Welcom Somer
08 | DEAD MAN’S BONES Pa Pa Power
09 | HARVEY DANGER Cream and Bastards Rise
10 | PLACEBO Pure Morning
11 | BJÖRK Human Behavior
12 | HEDNINGARNA Räven (Foxwoman)
13 | BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB Shade of Blue
14 | FEVER RAY If I Had a Heart
15 | KRISTEN BARRY Ordinary Life
16 | STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Sour Girl
17 | PROZZAK Sucks To Be You
18 | EUROPE The Final Countdown
19 | RADIOHEAD How to Disappear Completely (And Never Be Found Again)
20 | GARMARNA Virga Ac Diadema (Branch and Diadem)
21 | ENYA Anywhere Is
22 | COLDPLAY Clocks
23 | MEDIAEVAL BAEBES World Fareth as a Fantasye

LISTEN

“When the oldest Chatwin, melancholy Martin, opens the cabinet of the grandfather clock that stands in a dark, narrow back hallway in his aunt’s house and slip through into Fillory…it’s like he’s opening the covers of a book, but a book that did what books always promised to do and never actually quite did: get you out, really out, of where you were and into something better.” —The Magicians, Lev Grossman

Alice Arriving in Brakebills; by Christopher Shy

Spirituality, God(s), and Atheism in The Magicians (unfinished)

In Fillory, Aslan is dead. And in fact, he was killed by Martin Chatwin, who started out as a young bright eyed British naif who wanted perfection, badly.  So badly that he kept looking but could not find, and turned inward and ravenous upon himself, and ultimately convinced himself that it would be obtainable if he could just deny the old disappointing world with enough might.  And so he did, and so he became a monster.

The fascinating thing about Martin is that he’s the logical end of Quentin and all the rest of the snarky kids at Brakebills; he’s evil, but not unrecognizably so.  H’s mostly just all this adolescent pain given force. Quentin believes in magic, Janet is bitterly, bitterly disappointed when Ember turns out not to be an omnipotent version of Dumbledore, and it’s the petulant and disappointed rage of these two folks, combined with the almost pitiful optimism of Penny and the insecurity of Josh and the laziness of Eliot (all just other manifestations of this same longing), which brings us to the final tragedies of the story.

— An interesting segment from Matthew Bowman’s article: “The Magicians and the Spiritual Longing of America’s Youth,” Patheos.

As always, spoilers! (And, please forgive some uncited quotes that I was unable to locate in the book at the time of typing of this up).

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I think "Magicians Fandom" is too general. It's impossible to search for anything. Can we call ourselves something else? The Brakebills fandom? The Fillory Fandom?

I quite like the alliteration of the latter, but I’m curious on everyone’s thoughts. And maybe if we get a big enough presence, we can get Lev to acknowledge us as one or the other so it’d be easier for people to find other’s in the Brakebills/Fillory Fandom! :D

Any thoughts/comments/suggestions?

“…In books there’s always somebody standing by ready to say hey, the world’s in danger, evil’s on the rise, but if you’re really quick and take this ring and put it in that volcano over there everything will be fine.

"But in real life that guy never turns up. He’s never there. He’s busy handing out advice in the next universe over. In our world no one ever knows what to do, and everyone’s just as clueless and full of crap as everyone else, and you have to figure it all out by yourself. And even after you’ve figured it out and done it, you’ll never know whether you were right or wrong. You’ll never know if you put the ring in the right volcano, or if things might have gone better if you hadn’t. There’s no answers in the back of the book.”

—  ― Lev Grossman, The Magician’s Land