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Ah…Wednesday. Middle of a busy week, with so many sites at the carnival calling to you that you can feel overwhelmed. Well, take a seat, dear reader! Grab a coffee or a glass of wine and join us for a moment in the Reboot Lounge where we sit and chat with Marissa Meyer and Jackson Pearce!!!
Marissa and Jackson, thank you so very much for joining us!!! We’re really so thrilled that you took the time to stop by and answer some questions!
When we think of authors of fairy tale retellings, you both come immediately to mind with your fantastic and unique takes on the tales you tackled. We’d love to share your thoughts with our readers so if you’ll have a seat we’ll get started….
Marissa, the first question is for you:
What was your favorite fairytale as a child?
The Little Mermaid – it started with a passionate love for the Disney movie, and grew into a very intense fascination when I read the entirely-different tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
I absolutely loved that movie!
My baby sister and I wore out the VHS we had of it because we watched it so much.
Jackson, what about you? Did you have a favorite fairytale as a child?
I actually didn’t necessarily have a favorite fairytale as a child– fairytales and children’s books were all lumped into one with me, in a way that I didn’t identify some as traditional fairytales and others as modern picture books. I tended to enjoy animal stories though, whereas my sister preferred stories about children.
That’s so interesting, because we do live in an age where there are so many amazing books for even the smallest of children and fairy tales really were at the forefront of that tradition!
And now you both are adding to that genre with your own amazing books!
So Jackson, let me ask you this:
What is your favorite fairytale reboot (other than your own of course!!)?
I don’t read very many reboots– I’m afraid they’ll mess with my head! But, if it counts as a reboot, I’m gonna say each and every Disney movie. I ADORE The Little Mermaid movie, but it’s nothing at all like the original fairytale. Beauty & The Beast is the same way. I enjoy the originals, but let’s face it, charming songs and animated teapots are pretty fantastic.
Disney definitely takes liberties with the fairy tales they turn into movies…which is sometimes for the best. I mean, can you imagine how kids would react to the classic intro to Handsel and Gretel if Disney did that true to the fairy tale???
Marissa, what about you? Have you read any reboots and do you have a favorite?
That’s a tough one! I really loved “Entwined” by Heather Dixon (based on The 12 Dancing Princesses), but “Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine (Cinderella) and “Heart’s Blood” by Juliet Marillier (Beauty and the Beast) are two of my long-time favorites as well.
Entwined was one of my favorite reads from 2011! Such a lush book with such a dashing villian!!!
Which leads to our next question:
Not all things in fairy tales are goodness and light. What is your favorite underlying aspect of fairytales: The cautionary warning? The happy ending? Something else?
Marissa, we’ll go to you first.
I love how they walk this fine line of telling a great story on one hand while being filled with symbolism and psychological themes on the other. Many fairy tales are telling two stories at once: the surface one and the deeper subconscious one, and as a writer I can appreciate how difficult and brilliant that is.
Jackson, what do you think?
Their lack of apology. Fairytales aren’t always about making you feel warm and fuzzy, at least not at their core. Many are about telling you how life is sometimes unfair and unkind, and how sometimes the only way out of the darkness is through. I also love that main characters tend to fight for the greater good, not just themselves.
It’s so true. Fairy tales have so many layers to them, many of them definitely poking at the darker underbelly of our subconscious. And I couldn’t agree more. It’s that subtler subtext that makes them so universal.
So both of you have brought up Disney, the juggernaut of fairy tale retellings. This of course almost requires us have to ask:
If your book were to be made into a movie, would you want it to be done in animation or with real-life actors?
Marissa, let’s go to you first.
Ha, this question touches a bit too closely on a topic that I’m not supposed to talk about right now. Ahem. *innocent whistling*
Oooohhh!!!! Exciting almost news!!! We’ll try to be patient but we DEFINTELY will be looking for an announcement.
Jackson, what do you think? Real life or animation?
I’m not picky– though I can’t see most of my books working as animations. So I guess I’ll say real-life actors, so long as there’s no cheesy CGI. 🙂
Agreed! Although I’d put up with some seriously cheesy CGI to see Wish as a movie! Although Purity sounds like it would make a fantastic teen movie as well! Congratulations on your release of Purity, by the way!!!
So on that note, we’ll go to our final question:
Jackson, what’s next for you? Will Fathomless, due to be released in just a few short months, be the last in your Re-Telling series?
Right now, there’s nothing officially coming out after FATHOMLESS! That will change though, I’m sure. At the moment, I’m writing away at a “just for fun” project. More fairytales are definitely a possibility, but nothing’s official quite yet!
Oooh! We love the mystery! We’ll definitely stay tuned to your blog to make sure we hear the latest news as soon as you’re ready and able to share!
What about you, Marissa?
Do you have any other stories in the works beyond the Cinder quartet or are they keeping you fully busy these days?
The Cinder quarter is keeping me very busy, but I’m hoping to get ahead of my deadlines and start working on something new this fall. For that, I have lots of ideas, but don’t yet know which one I’ll choose. I suspect it will have magic, though…
Thank you so much Jackson Pearce for taking your time to answer our questions and contributing to this phenomenal event!! We know you are super busy so we appreciate taking your time!
- Find Jackson online: web, twitter, facbook
- find Jackson Pearce’s Collection of Books at amazon: (Sisters Red, Sweetly, As You Wish,
- Get Jackson’s newest release Purity amazon ( eBook, Hardcover, Audiobook)
- Find Marissa online: Blog, twitter, facbook
- Get a copy of Cinder Amazon (Hardcover, Audiobook, Kindle), Barnes & Noble, Indiebound
- read Pushy’s Review of Cinder
So, do you like ReTellings? If so, those ladies are phenomenal. What is your favorite Re-Telling and which Fairy Tale would you love to see “re-told”
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