Happy Tuesday! Are y'all ready for another Reverse Author Interview? Today's Guest is Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder and Scarlet, of The Lunar Chronicles. RAIs are a time for authors to turn the tables on readers and ask us some of their burning questions. The lovely ladies at BookMunchies are the organizers of this awesome event, check out their website for information on how to get involved!
MM: 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 these days? If you're not burned out on them entirely, then what do you feel makes a good love triangle?
C@FCB: Well, when you have Prince Kai...who needs a love triangle? Love triangles seem to have a bad rep out there in the blogger/YA reader/reviewer world. I've noticed that a lot of the bloggers that I follow and read all have said things similar to "not another love triangle!" So I think the unofficial blogger status is that love triangles are an unwanted theme. I can only guess why that opinion has become popular. One reason I think it might be an issue is if the love story becomes the entire weight of the story. If the other plotlines fade into the background when a love triangle is present, that can cause readers to feel disconnected or gyped from the original story. If a summary has a really gripping, seemingly action-packed synopsis, and then the MC spends the entire story waxing poetic and whining about which boy/girl she/he likes better - I think this is a part of the reason a lot of readers don't like love triangles. As for me, I don't mind love triangles. One of the best examples of a really well-done love triangle is Will/Tess/Jem from Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices series. This is one of the few where I wasn't 99% sure who she was going to end up with. I can almost always figure out which character the MC is going to end up with, so I don't consider those true love triangles. For it to be a really good love triangle, like the one from TID, I think it can't be so obvious which one the MC will end up with.
MM: What are you writing and/or author promoting pet peeves?
C@FCB: Uh.......hm. *tumbleweeds roll by* I have no idea. Okay, well here is something, and feel free to pummel me with...you know, cotton balls or something for saying this. It's not so much a pet peeve, but I don't understand the book trailer. The POINT of the book trailer, to be more specific. I watched a couple, and it seems like they're mostly still shots of unknown actors, with a voice-over that recites the summary that I've probably already read on Goodreads or Amazon. *confused* So I don't usually get all excited about book trailers, thought I know a lot of people do OH MY GOD BOOK TRAILER FOR THE NEW BEST BOOK EVER! Pet Peeves when reading: Really complicated names and no explanation of how to pronounce it. I seriously sounded like Viktor Krum when trying to read Hermione's name out loud until JK Rowling threw that one in there. I applaud creativity when it comes to naming characters, and I ALWAYS want to know how authors come up with their names, but if I can't pronounce it, I feel disconnected from the story and it messes with my enjoyment of it overall.
MM: Is there anything you feel is missing from the YA genre right now, or anything you'd like to see more of?
C@FCB: When I was in middle school and high school, I loved series like The Babysitters Club, and Sweet Valley High. Those were massive series' with over 100 books each. I feel an overwhelming sense of nostalgia when I think about them. I don't know that massive series' like those would work in the YA climate today, and I definitely don't think writers want to pin themselves into a series that will go on forever and ever and ever. Both of those that I mentioned were ghosted after the first 30 or so. But I still miss them. I do wish there was more variety in the contemporary subgenre of YA. Dystopian, paranormal, fantasy - these genres seem to be so much more unique than contemporary novels. Perhaps it's because in a contemporary novel you are limited to the confines of societal norms, but I still would love to see some more variety. I notice the most unique contemporary YA books are the ones narrated (and often written) by guys.
Big thanks to Marissa Meyer for participating in the Reverse Author Interview today. If you haven't checked out her series, The Lunar Chronicles, it's one of my favorites, so I highly recommend it! Be sure you visit BookMunchies today for links to the other bloggers who are answering Marissa's questions, and stay tuned because there will be more RAIs this month!