Marissa Meyer the author of the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Scarlet came to Blue Willow Bookshop last night to speak and sign books. Marissa is an excellent speaker and I loved hearing her talk about how she became inspired to write the Lunar Chronicles. She said she was in that in-between stage of wakefulness and sleep; she got this vision of Cinderella running down the stairs at midnight and tripping. As she lay sprawled at the bottom of the stairs instead of a glass slipper laying on the steps she saw a metal foot. She had previously written a fairy tale set in the future for a writing contest so taking Cinderella to the future and making her a cyborg just felt right. This idea blossomed and Cinder was created.
It is apparent that Marissa Meyer has done a lot of research into fairy tales and how they originated and changed over the years. If you’ve not looked into the original Grimm Fairy Tales you really should, its as intriguing as it is disturbing. We also got to hear a small amount about the next two books in the Lunar Chronicles: Cress and Winter. Cress will introduce a new character based on the Rapunzel fairytale and Winter will be Snow White. The new characters will join the cast we are already familiar with and love. I can’t wait to see where this series is going because Scarlet was even better than Cinder to me. The more characters Marissa creates and adds the main story arc the more you can really see her skills as a writer and story teller.
Some of the questions asked by the audience included how the cover art was picked and what role Marissa had in it. As with almost all of published writers she didn’t get to have any influence into the cover art but she loves it and can’t wait to see the next two covers. She also explained where the names for her main characters originated, Cinder–obvious from Cinderella, Scarlet- scarlet meaning red, Cress-she said this is an interesting aspect of the older telling of Rapunzel. She didn’t get to explain it fully because of time constraints but she did say that Rapunzel and Cress are both types of lettuce and this is part of the original fairy tale. My interest is piqued, I will be researching this today. Winter- Snow White, winter and snow.
The last little tidbit we were left with was a teaser…a magician may or may not be part of the next character cast for her next series.
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