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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Reverse Author Interview - Marissa Meyer

Here's the third edition of Reverse Author Interviews here at Phantasmic Reads!

This is an event the ladies over at Book Munchies came up with. The tables are turned - authors get to interview bloggers for a change!

This feature will be running Tuesdays and Fridays from now until May 7th. Several authors have provided some great questions for us bloggers. You can still join in, so check out the sign-up post HERE!

Today's questions are courtesy of author Marissa Meyer.
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 in YA these days? If you're not burned out on them entirely, then what do you feel makes a good love triangle?

Love triangles can serve a purpose in any genre - YA or otherwise. I realize they are useful in some plots, but there are others where I feel they are completely unnecessary. If I'm reading something that has a love triangle subplot that seems pointless, it detracts from the main storyline, and I get frustrated. There have been times I've thought the author just needed a higher word count so they threw in a love triangle. Maybe I'm just too picky. :)

What are your writing and/or author promoting pet peeves?
One of my biggest is lack of continuity. I realize when you've written lots of books in a series, things might get hazy. But there are a couple series that I enjoy where the bestselling author who wrote it makes stupid mistakes. That drives me nuts. Especially with authors who have publishers and editors who are supposed to keep track of things.

I realize typos and mistakes happen, I do. But when I see some of these NYT Bestselling Authors have more mistakes than a self-published author, there is a problem.

Is there anything you feel is missing from the YA genre right now, or anything you'd like to see more of?
The few YA I've read lately are heading in a better (IMO) direction. The characters are a lot stronger emotionally - not having crying fits and panic attacks every other page. Emotion is good, overly weepy characters are not.

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1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of this whole feature. I agree with you, continuity is a big one. I think YA is going in a pretty good direction, there is a lot of variety out there now and most of the stories are getting stronger.