Mon
Mar 12 2012 5:00pm

Lev Grossman Writes Short Self-Parody for Suvudu’s Cage Match

Suvudu Cage Match 2012Suvudu’s Cage Match is starting up its second round today, and one of the bouts features Peter Grant from Ben Aaronovitch’s Moon Over Soho versus Julia Wicker from Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. For the occasion, Lev has written up a short piece, parodying his own prose style. Here’s a snippet:

“Julia Wicker,” she said, using her maximally royal tone. “I do not know how you came here, but if you leave now I will not stop you. We do not have to do this.”

God dammit, Julia thought, why did she have to talk like that all the time? Along with everything else, she had completely lost the hang of contractions.

“Actually, we do have to,” the guy said, not unkindly, even a little regretfully. English bloke by his accent. “I checked the tags on this post. It’s one of those Cage Match ones.”

Right. This guy was going to try to kill her, she thought. Ready player one.

Read the rest and vote in Suvudu’s Cage Match here!

4 comments
David Levinson
1. DemetriosX
Peter Grant is from Rivers of London/Midnight Riot (UK/US titles) and Moon Over Soho, not The Magician's Apprentice. He IS a magician's apprentice (and police officer). Job description not book title.
Bridget McGovern
2. BMcGovern
Fixed. Thanks for the correction! I think Stubby might be drunk again.
Kate Nepveu
3. katenepveu
And Peter is a really awesome character and the books are terrific--not outstanding plot-wise, but fabulous voice and worldbuilding and just a lot of fun. They're bestsellers in the UK, don't know how much attention they're getting in the US, but I really enjoyed them.
Samantha Brandt
4. Talia
Ooh, I hadn't realized Suduvu was running the Cage Match event again. Surprisingly fun, even if just to laugh at fans bickering in the comments. ;)

Half the fun is reading the writeups for the matches - some great bits of fiction to be found. This was a particularly amusing example (and I'm personally glad to see Julia triumphing so far..).

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