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This post is for the third of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. According to community votes on the topic challenge proposals thread, the March 2021 topic challenge is going to be devoted to a contemporary German writer of children's fantasy:

the works of Cornelia Funke.



What's a topic challenge and how do I take part?

See Announcing a Topic Challenge program for SFF.SE, and also this main meta post. In short, during March 2021 we should all try to: either read some works of Cornelia Funke and ask interesting questions about them, or ask questions about some of her stories we've read before, or help out by answering other people's Cornelia Funke questions.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history. We'll keep a list of all Cornelia Funke questions asked during March 2021 in an answer to this meta post. At the end of the month, I'll collate some data like highest-scoring question, most-viewed question, highest-scoring answer, etc. There won't be any real-world rewards like in the old days when Stack Exchange was smaller and more generous. There might be bounties though ...

Here is b_jonas's original presentation of this proposal, with links added by me:

A contemporary writer of children's fantasy. Her most famous books are:

  • Herr der Diebe (2002, translated to English as The Thief Lord), adapted to film in 2006;
  • Drachenreiter (2004, translated to English as Dragon Rider) and one sequel, adapted to film in 2020;
  • Tintenherz (2003, translated to English as Inkheart) and its three sequels, plus a film adaptation for the first book in 2008, there's also a video game adaptation.

Questions about adaptations of Funke books will also be considered as part of the topic challenge, even if they weren't overseen by Funke herself.


What's next?

Future topic challenges will be chosen by community votes, so come over and propose or vote on suggestions at:

Propose future topics for SFF topic challenges!

(The Cornelia Funke answer will be deleted from that thread at the start of March, since already chosen topics shouldn't stick at the top of the thread and distract people from those still to be voted on.)

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List of all questions posted as part of this topic challenge


The highest-voted of these is Was Fenoglio based on any real author?, with a score of 11 at the end of March.

The most viewed is Where is the setting of the start of Dragon Rider?, with approximately 265 views during March, followed by Why is Death "the Great Shape-Changer" in "Inkheart"? with approximately 230 views.

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