Hosted by: Book munchies.Text from their blog: Here at Book Munchies, we enjoy reading other author interviews and see them often featured on quite a number of book blogs. But a thought came to us, those authors never get to ask us anything; we’re always the ones doing the asking. But what if there was something they wanted to know about us? So, Book Munchies has been working to gather questions from a variety of authors about a good mix of topics.
When I got an email from Book Munchies about this event, I knew I had to participate. I haven’t seen anything like this before and it sounded like so much fun. Today, I am going to answer Marissa Meyer’s questions. It’s so awesome, because I love Cinder & Scarlet.
It seems that when I tell most bloggers that there won't be a love triangle in The Lunar Chronicles, they seem weirdly grateful for that. So what's the un-official blogger status on love triangles in YA these days? If you're not burned out on them entirely, then what do you feel makes a good love triangle? First of all, I can’t express my happiness about the fact that there won’t be a love triangle! The thing is, I’m starting to get tired of them. There are just too many books with love triangles and I hate it when the plot gets overshadowed by the romance. And let’s be honest, how many times do love triangles happen in real life? It’s just not very realistic. One of the things that bothers me is the fact that most love triangles are a cliché. There is a shy girl who finds herself unattractive, there is a boy she has been friends with for years and there is a new, snarky, mysterious and gorgeous guy – and she is instantly attracted to him. It just doesn’t do the trick for me anymore.
There are, however, some love triangles that do work for me. I’m going to pick three of them as an example:
-Alina, Mal and The Darkling from Leigh Bardugo’s work Shadow and bone. It’s more complex and it’s not only about love. They are great characters with a lot of development and there is an amazing world-building.
-Cole, Jack and Nikki from Brodi Ashton’s Everneath. There is more story to it. It’s about mythology and Nikki’s struggle between her special connection with Cole and her love for Jack.
-Morpheus, Jeb and Alyssa from A.G Howard’s Splintered. It’s true that I absolutely hated Jeb, but I still liked this triangle, because it was on the background. The main story was about Alyssa and her attempt to save her mother, by going into the darkness of Wonderland.
What are your writing and/or author promoting pet peeves?
Writing pet peeves:I don’t think I am very difficult when it comes to books, but there are some things I don’t like; too many details or lack of details. I think this is one of the hardest things for an author. The amount of details has to be balanced; enough to satisfy my curiosity, but not so much that my own creativity has been taken away. I also need answers! Cliff-hangers are one of the worse things ever. It’s torture when you know you have to wait a whole year before you finally know what is going to happen. I don’t mind a slightly open ending, but don’t stop in the middle of something. And the last thing is: world-building. This is especially important in fantasy and dystopian books. You have to create a whole new world and I must be able to feel like it’s real.
Author promoting pet peeves:
I understand that authors are trying to get a broad audience. They are proud of their hard work and they want publicity, but it’s not a good thing to copy paste the same text to every blogger. There are some ‘rules’ for me when it comes to mailing bloggers.
1. Use their name. I want to have the feeling you are writing the email specifically to me. When you start right away with promoting your book, it almost feels like I don’t matter; it’s just my blog you want to use.
2. Read their review policy. It’s on my blog for a reason. I’m already very busy and replying to requests when it is very clear that I’m not interested in that genre takes too much time. No, I don’t want to read about “The ten fastest way to lose weight” and frankly, it’s annoying. Make sure you know the preference of a blogger.
Is there anything you feel is missing from the YA genre right now, or anything you'd like to see more of?
One of the first things I can think of is: a normal family! I’m not sure why most YA books lack of this; it’s not like the character just dropped from the sky. And when there are parents, there is always something wrong with them. They are alcoholics, they are abusive, etc. I would love to see more healthy relationships between the character and the family; or at least one family member. One perfect example is John Green – The fault in our stars. Hazel and Augustus both have supportive, flawed and loving parents. Very refreshing to see.