hats off to the kids: the life of baroness orczy, a new book by fiona maccarthy, uses the anglo-irish writeras catalogue of magical realist awesomeness that many of her characters became. in retrospect, the wildest fantasy of all of her creations is an imaginary film adaptation which, if it had been written (by, say, jg ballard or stephen king), would have been their fanfic equivalent. and how likely is that! we wouldnt want to blow our claim on the real thing now would we, fiona maccarthy?
on a more sublime plane,a new book by fiona maccarthy shows that the author really is the ultimate fantasist, bestowing on every character in her books more power and magic than they can possibly use. the book contains two short stories called hats off to the kids, one of which was written before theres any orcys work. both stories, although very different, are about wizards, or at least about the ways in which wizards use magical powers. the plot in each is simple enough to outline for a teenager; a girl wakes up in a dream to find herself in a magic world. but in each, there is an unexpected \"unfortunate\" twist that makes it impossible for the girl to return to the real world. compare these two fantasies with the last orcys book, the man who loved children, and youll realise that theres little to choose between them.
today, censorship in germany is more about excluding works that are considered obscene or pornographic, that mix artistic expression with sexual content, or that are of questionable artistic value. i actually made quite a lot of art with humans in it, erika and johannes in particular, which i think was largely overlooked, but that had some minor issue that made it rather unpopular, such as the fact that it was not released until i retired from the film industry in 2000. so when i looked at what it took to have a german release, it was something that i shouldnt do - so i decided to do it myself.