Marissa Meyer is coming to the UK
On the 26th March 2013 at 6pm, Marissa will be at the Bromley store for her very first book signing. Sadly, I stay to far away to go but I am always happy to promote and so I am so excited to have Marissa on the blog doing an amazing guest post and not only that, Marissa has kindly offered up some swag for an imternational giveaway!!!!!!!!
For this guest post, Siobhan asked me to talk a little about what inspired the Lunar Chronicles, and I immediately thought—fairy tales, of course! But on top of that, I suppose, was a desire to create something that was both familiar and unusual all at once.I’ve loved fairy tales since I was a little girl—since first seeing “The Little Mermaid” in theaters, only to follow it up with my first reading of the Hans Christian Andersen tale that inspired Disney and realizing that the two had very little in common. This started an early fascination with fairy tales. Both their old, sometimes tragic versions, but also in the myriad ways writers and creators have re-imagined the stories time and time again.In high school and college, I went through a retelling phase in which I couldn’t read enough fairy tales. Books by Gail Carson Levine and Gregory Maguire were gobbled up as I sought to bury myself in their magic and whimsy and darkness. And yes, I wrote them too. I wrote two epically long fanfictions that merged the characters of Sailor Moon with all of my favorite Grimm tales, and I even started writing a novel retelling of “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” but neither of these projects took me very far toward my ultimate goal of becoming a published novelist. The fanfic, I determined, was too much like “The 10th Kingdom,” and my East story was too much like three other books all retelling the same tale.I began to realize that, as much as I loved fairy tale retellings, I didn’t want to write “just another retelling.” I wanted to write something that I felt had a truly unique twist. Something no one else had done before.It would be some years still before I finally had The Idea—a vision of Cinderella that wasn’t quite like any Cinderella I’d ever met. Within hours of snagging on my initial concept for CINDER (Cinderella set in the future… as a cyborg!) I knew with that it would be the first novel I would ever finish, the first novel I would attempt to get published.I’m so thrilled that CINDER did become my first published novel, and I can now claim my own beloved fairy tale retelling among so many others that have inspired me.
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