What's up, nerds? It's day 2 of Flashback February and this time around, I'm taking you back to November of 2014! In case you missed day 1, I featured the recently concluded James Frey book signing tour.
Cue the dancing Stormtroopers!
Because. Darth Vader. Marie Lu.... nevermind, keep reading and you'll see. ;-)
On November 23rd, 2014 Marie Lu came to the Philippines to meet fans in Manila and in Cebu for a book signing tour with National Bookstore. (yay!) I knew lots of readers were very excited to meet the talented writer behind the Legend series and her newest book/series -- The Young Elites. I know I was! I put off reading Legend for months before I decided it was 'time'. And I quickly regret procrastinating! I instantly became a fan of Marie Lu's brilliant writing.
So yeah... "excited" is an understatement. I just knew I had to meet her no matter what!
Today, I'm sharing with you the Q&A with Marie Lu. Like day 1, I'm also giving away a SIGNED copy of her book so be sure to read on! (I know you'll probably just scroll to the very end but... hey, thanks for dropping by! Hah!)
|Photo from: National Bookstore|
That's a great question. The biggest difference is in Legend... Legend is a very dark world. Day and June are surrounded by darkness and but evil. But Day and June as characters, even if they were antagonists to each other, they were always good people at heart. They grew up with good families. They had good mothers and fathers and siblings to take care and guide them. So it was never a problem for me to be in their head space. Because they knew what was wrong. They can look at something evil and say that's messed up. You should not do that.
It was not the case with Adelina. She has a very twisted view in life and what she thinks is justified is kind of crazy sometimes. And it was very difficult for me to sit down and force myself into a first person point of view for that where I had to force myself to write things that I would never think in real life. But even more unsettling when I wrote something that I thought okay, I could kind of see where she's coming from and then I would have a moment where I'm like, woah that's not cool! I should think like that. I just like draw from those moments in life where you know... we all have those little moments of, like, villainy in us. I always think, 'cause I live in L.A. so my first thought is always traffic. So if I'm stuck in traffic for, like, 8 hours and someone in front of me -- cuts in front of me -- and I just want to see Godzilla come out from the sky, and step on their car, and destroy them. I'm like, I don't care if you have a family, or kids to take care of. I want you to die right now. So thank God I don't have super powers because I feel like if I was Adelina, and I have the power to do something terrible to somebody that really made me angry, I would do a lot of things that I would regret later.
So I would draw on those kinds of thoughts when I'm writing Adelina. It was very, very disturbing to be inside that head space sometimes for months on end, to the point where I would finish one of her chapters and I had to stop and go pet my dogs to remind myself that I'm not actually Darth Vader -- that I am a normal human being who does not normally think like this. So it was a very different experience writing from her point of view, but also a very interesting sort of challenge to explore that head space.
A message from Marie Lu!
I'm giving away one SIGNED copy of The Young Elites to one entrant residing in the Philippines. (If you're abroad and know someone who lives here and is willing to take your book for you, go right ahead!) I will notify the winner via email and Twitter/Facebook. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
Thank you, National Bookstore! As always! :-)