Date: 2017-03-12 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Oops, I somehow never got around to responding! (Since I've lived in the belief I did, I suspect I came up with an answer and then my browser crashed or I never got around to actually typing it up...)

... anyway. I guess that means it's my own visuality that makes me remember Goldberry in a particularly visual way. (Tolkien does often have that effect on me, conjuring up vivid mental images of specific scenes.) "Zlatěnka" is derived from "gold" ("zlato" as noun, "zlatý/zlatá" as adjective), with no hint of the "berry" part - but with the way Czech works (compound words are rare), when you know the original name, it's easy to imagine a hypothetical "goldberry" could be called "zlatěnka" in Czech.

I guess, if you're going to write about people trying to save the world, those characters should somehow show there's something there to save the world for? Obviously, I'm an unashamed pupil of Lewis and Tolkien in these things, so I have a certain sort of taste in them. But I hold the firm belief that it makes for a more satisfying story.

The conviction about Glimfeather has a lot to do with what I grew up with, obviously. You bring up an excellent point about the way it's treated in the book!

And re: Magrat Garlick - well, Pratchett and Discworld are well worth checking out! As a looong series from a very rich universe, it can be a bit uneven; the overall sensible advice is not to start at the very beginning. (You probably shouldn't do as I did and start with The Last Hero, either, because that one is smack in the middle of several narrative arcs. On the other hand, it concerns the nature of narratives, so I guess that sort of explains why I was hooked anyway...) Magrat first appears in Wyrd Sisters, which is one of my favourites (playing with Shakespeare, among other things).
Mind you, it's still not for everyone (no books are). My sister finds him a bit too cynical for her tastes. I sense some sort of deep optimism behind that cynicism, and love at least some of the books for that. Others, I find confusing. He often pokes around various cultural phenomena, and that can be confusing for someone unaquainted with them.
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