Marissa Meyer Signing

  Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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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    • says

      Oh, and I don’t know why, but I’ve always wanted to see an adaptation of the Little Match Girl. Just because it’s short and tragic and I would like to see what people can do with it when turning it into a full length novel. Could be interesting.

      • Kristen says

        This was my first time to see her, I hope you get to soon. I’m not familiar with Little Match Girl…I’ll be looking it up.

  1. says

    Great wrap-up! It was a lot of fun. This was the most I’ve gotten to see/hear Marissa Meyer speak, since the other events I’ve seen her at have been book cons where she was on a panel. Blue Willow Bookshop is the best! 🙂

    (Also, I love your blog theme! Clean, simple, and elegant.)

    • Kristen says

      I love Blue Willow Bookshop…it was my first time there and my first time to see Marissa Meyer. It was such a lot of fun and she did such a wonderful job.

      thank you! 😀

  2. says

    Thanks for the nice compliments about our shop. Your post was wonderful–love the pictures. Also kudos on a classy blog! We have more authors coming this spring so keep an eye on the calendar!

  3. says

    Peter Pan!! Ohhhhhh! I would love that one changed into a more today type setting. *thinking* Hmm….Ideas….I have them…Hmmm…LOL! My oldest daughter and I LOVE Cinder! We can’t WAIT to get our hands on Scarlet! OIY!!!

  4. Dana C. says

    I loved Cinder such a great book so excited for Scarlet! My favorite is Beauty and the Beast! Which has been adapted tons of times but one like Cinder would be so cool!

  5. says

    I have to agree with Beauty and the Beast– that’s by far my favorite fairy tale, and I know it’s been done, but I’m sure it could be done again very well. I think the 12 dancing princesses would also be a terrific one. Great giveaway thanks so much! I have an interview on my blog coming up with Marissa. I’d love to get my hands on her new book, especially signed!

  6. says

    I’ve met Marissa, but I’ve never heard her speak – hopefully she’ll tour around here soon!

    This is an amazing recap, and I seriously can’t wait for Cress and Winter. I love hearing little tidbits about their stories!

    – Ava

  7. says

    Thanks for the great post and I’m uber jealous you got to go to a signing and meet Marissa. Also, I’m jealous I couldn’t hear the sekrit info about Cress and Winter. This is a wonderful giveaway. Thank you very much for the chance to read and review. I’ve got major grabby hands to find out what happens next. I adored Cinder.

    I’d love to see a scifi Beauty and the Beast. I’m actually working on writing a steampunk version of that fairy tale. Not an easy task. Kudos to Marissa for giving us a great series to love.

  8. Leticia says

    I think I’m entering every book giveaway possible! I’ve recently been reintroduced into the world of reading and I can’t seem to get my hands on books fast enough! Eager to read this series!

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