Източник: Warm 106.9
People often ask where I get my inspiration from, and I always say I have no good answer because, well, inspiration comes from everywhere: people, places, memories. There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration. Here’s one of my more unexpected ones.
I absolutely adore this love story. When I was getting ready to start “The Indigo Spell,” I was fully prepared to have Adrian be in brooding, snarky mode toward Sydney and/or constantly trying to win her over with flashy, in-your-face gestures. Then I thought, “What if he took a Mac approach? What if Adrian just plays it cool and is like, ‘Okay, Sydney, you do what you’ve got to do.’ I honestly wasn’t sure if Adrian could pull it off. Mac is a serious, patient character, who’s used to being sidelined. Those aren’t terms that usually describe Adrian, but I was suddenly really excited to see if someone like him, who’s so used to being adored and having instant gratification, could be responsible and strong enough to hang in there for the long haul. Could he respect Sydney’s feelings enough to step back and not constantly try to pitch to her? Could he be mature enough to not be bitter about her rejection? And could he be patient enough to see if she’d eventually come around on her own, if he continued being the friend she’d grown close to?
Those questions got me really excited to write the book, and that takes me back to the initial topic of inspiration. Like I said, it comes from everywhere, and often, it’s just asking a “What if?” question. You see something like I did in Alcott’s book and then try to turn it around and put it in a totally wacky context. That’s the great thing about being a writer. You dream up amazing questions…and then dream up even more amazing answers.
Източник: Hollywood Crush
В пост от Omnivoracious Ришел говори за песните, които й напомнят за някои от героите:
Song: “Other Side of the World” by KT Tunstall
This song is actually about a long distance relationship, but a lot of the lyrics remind me of Sydney. The lines that struck me the most when I first heard it were: “She’s waiting like an iceberg/Waiting to change/But she’s cold inside/She wants to be like the water.” There’s so much longing in that, and it perfectly describes Sydney. She puts on such a proper—and yes, at times cold—face for the world, and there are moments when she almost believes that she truly is cold on the inside. But, as the book progresses, we—and Sydney—see that there’s so much more to her. There’s a vivid, passionate nature within her that’s waiting to be released, and the song’s mood captures her yearning for that.
Song: “Hurricane Drunk” by Florence and the Machine
This is a harsh song, a song of self-destruction and the pain of losing love. It definitely describes Adrian’s mood through much of the original Vampire Academy series and the Bloodlines series. He keeps experiencing all these hurts and throws himself into the aftermath full force, almost as if he’s relishing—or maybe challenging—his pain: “No walls can keep me protected/No sleep, nothing in between me and the rain/And you can’t save me now.” These dark moods of his both fascinate us and make us ache for him. I wish I could say the storms are over for him, but he’s still got a few to endure. Hang in there, though, because he might eventually get some sun.
Можете да прочетете остатъка от статията на сайта на Omnivoracious.
Even though I technically finished the Vampire Academy series, I never intended to leave that world and its characters. The Bloodlines series is simply a continuation. When Rose’s love story reached its happy conclusion in Last Sacrifice, we still had a number of characters whose stories were far from any resolution and certainly not one as happy as hers. Adrian—the roguish and moody Moroi we all secretly love a little—was left heartbroken after Rose chose Dimitri. With Rose’s help, Jill found out she was actually a princess, which then turned her into a pawn in a political game. Eddie, who’d once had a golden guardian record, found himself on thin ice after helping Rose. And Sydney, our one human character, was also in a lot of trouble with the Alchemists for helping Rose.
Really, when you look at it, Rose has a tendency to get a lot of people in trouble.
Bloodlines shifts the focus of this supernatural world to Adrian, Jill, Eddie, and Sydney as they now take a turn at figuring out their lives. Sydney is our narrator, and when the first Bloodlines book opens, we find she’s still in a fair amount of trouble with the Alchemists—especially her own father.
Цялата статия можете да прочетете на сайта на RT Book Reviews.
Източник: RT Book Reviews
Интервю на Hollywood Crush с Ришел:
Everyone’s favorite straight-laced alchemist Sydney Sage is back in Richelle Mead’s latest “Bloodlines” novel “The Golden Lily,” which hits bookstores and e-readers today!
After uncovering the misdeeds of a former Strigoi in the series’ initial installment, Sydney is resettling into her new life at the Palm Springs boarding school where she’s tasked with protecting royal Moroi Jill. But this is a Richelle Mead novel, meaning trouble is never far away from Sydney and her vampire co-horts (including “Vampire Academy” favorite Dimitri Belikov).
We recently called up Richelle to get the scoop on “The Golden Lily,” the series’ trajectory and that long-gestating “Vampire Academy” movie. Read our interview after the jump!
Hollywood Crush: What can fans look forward to in “The Golden Lily”?
Richelle Mead: I’d say the big things they can look forward to in this book are a lot more secrets about the supernatural world than we knew about in previous books. Those who were a little impatient with the slow-burn romance of book one, I think will be pleased with the way things develop in this, however those that are frustrated with Richelle Mead cliffhangers should prepare themselves.
Did you actually get reader responses frustrated over the lack of romance in “Bloodlines”?
No one was mad or upset or anything like that. It was very much a slow burn—that’s the word I keep using. It was subtle, and there wasn’t a lot of it so there were readers coming off of ‘Last Sacrifice,’ which you know was the completion of a huge romance, and just sort of being reset back to the beginning they were like, ‘I would have liked to see a little more.’ But I think most people are good natured about it, and I think it makes them more excited for it… I know people are hoping to see a little bit more, so I’m hoping they won’t be disappointed.
I think all of my series are ultimately love stories despite everything—the action that’s going on—so we’ll see as the series progresses that that’s the case as well.
Sydney is unlike many of your protagonists—I’m thinking Rose from “Vampire Academy” and Georgina Kincaid from your succubus series—in that she’s much more reserved. Do you feel like you have to hold back when writing her?
I wouldn’t say I have to hold back, but I have to find other ways for her to be strong and to assert herself, because one of the easiest ways is the kind of shouting-in-your-face confrontation or an actual physical confrontation, and that’s not her style. You know, I think she is strong. I think she does it in quiet ways. And, again, to keep talking about the way the series progresses, we find her kind of bending the system and playing with the rules and finding ways to manipulate that world that others might not be aware of. Her strength comes in out-thinking. She doesn’t need to be up in someone’s face to assert herself.
Можете да прочетете цялото интервю – ТУК.
Интервю на LA Times с Ришел:
When Richelle Mead wrapped up her bestselling “Vampire Academy” series in 2010, some die-hard fans wanted it to go on forever. But Mead decided on a different tack: She launched a spin-off that picked up where “Last Sacrifice” left off, centering a new series on an alchemist named Sydney who is tasked with protecting a vampire princess. We caught up with the 35-year-old author, and new mom, to talk about “The Golden Lily,” the second installment in her six-book “Bloodlines” series, published Tuesday. Mead is currently on tour and will stop at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica on June 18.
Jacket Copy: Did you worry about alienating “Vampire Academy” fans with a lead character in the new series who isn’t especially fond of bloodsuckers?
GoldenLilyRichelle Mead: Sydney is interacting with vampires so much, it’s hard to get away from them. But part of this series is looking at the human aspect of the supernatural. In the first series, the narrator was a half vampire, and you were looking at the vampire world from inside out. Sydney lets us look from outside in. To see it through human eyes gives you a different perspective. Things you thought were normal in the first series aren’t.
J.C.: The way you kept the two series connected was to import minor characters from “Vampire Academy.” What was it about the chemistry between Sydney, Jill, Eddie and Adrian that made you bring them together? And why, in “The Golden Lily,” are you adding Dimitri and Angeline to the mix?
R.M.: The stories of these four characters were left incomplete at the end of the first series, by design. All four of them have something startling happen to them, and it was all directly or indirectly a result of Rose, the narrator of the first series. They had these big shocking life changes they’re trying to cope with now, so that’s how I put them together. As far as Angeline and Dimitri showing up, I knew they were fan favorites. I told people when I wrote the spinoff, I wasn’t going to abandon old characters. We’ll just see them in the periphery as opposed to the main focus.
J.C.: You live in one of the rainiest cities in the U.S. — Seattle — so it’s funny that you’ve set the new series in sunny Palm Springs, but there’s another reason, too?
R.M.: The premise of the “Bloodlines” series is they’re trying to hide this vampire princess, and they’ve pretty much chosen the last place anyone would look for a vampire because it’s so sunny, so that is by design. It’s tricky for her because it’s not a particularly pleasant place for her to be. She’s in high school, and trying to do mundane things like P.E. outside is strenuous because the sun makes her sick.
J.C.: Palm Springs also sets your vampires apart from the “Twilight” series in rainy Forks, Wash.
R.M.: There is that desire to stay away from that. All the vampire books out there are so different. It’s good to throw in some different things.
Можете да прочетете цялото интервю – ТУК.
Поместила съм само отговорите на Ришел:
An Exclusive Q&A with Richelle Mead and Kristin Cashore
Q: You have both written strong, independent female characters: what or who were the inspiration for Sydney and Bitterblue?
MEAD: I’ve written a few female characters who were obviously very strong, so much so that they could just walk right up and punch you. What I wanted to show in Sydney is that there are different types of strength, including a kind that’s quieter and more internal. Sydney shows that strength can come from will, character, and intelligence, and I think that’s important for readers—especially young women—to see. In fact, it’s probably a strength more people can relate to than the ass-kicking kind—not that that isn’t important sometimes!
Q: Both of your main female characters have power in their worlds, though Bitterblue is not a Graceling and Sydney is not a vampire. What is the source of power for each?
MEAD: Sydney has a few different types of power. Part of it is just in how smart she is. She possesses a lot of knowledge about a lot of things and is able to think her way out of tough situations. The people she works for, the Alchemists, have some power from the substances and chemicals they use—including vampire blood. As the series progresses, Sydney begins experimenting with human magic, which is different from the kind vampires use. Vampire magic is internally drawn. Human magic must be wrested from the world and involves spells with complex incantations and tangible components. Managing them requires intense concentration and attention to detail, which Sydney excels at.
Q: Both Bitterblue and Sydney are characters from earlier books who emerge with their own full stories to tell. Did you both always know that you would tell their stories, or did it come about through the writing process? What surprised you about these characters as you began to dive into their stories?
MEAD: I knew half-way through the first Vampire Academy series that there would be a spin-off, though I’d originally expected a different character to narrate it. I chose Sydney at the last minute and am glad I did. Having a human observe and report on the vampire world opens it up to us in a whole new way. I think what’s surprised me the most about Sydney is just how fun she is to write. I initially worried that writing an intellect like her would be boring, but she’s not! She has so much complexity and emotional depth, as well as a dry and wonderful sense of humor. Her social awkwardness and romantic obliviousness make for some very funny (and occasionally heartbreaking) scenes.
Q: Both of your series have complex worlds, how do you map it all out in the writing process?
MEAD: I try to write down the details and rules of my world, so that I have them all in one easily referenced place. Unfortunately, I sometimes get lazy and think, “I’ll just keep track of those things in my head.” Whenever I do that, I always end up regretting it.
Q: You both have incredibly loyal fans—what themes in your writing do you think draws fans to your series?
MEAD: I think readers are drawn most to characters they can connect to and care about. I try to create characters with emotional depth and personalities that feel real. I also try to make characters who aren’t perfect but who have the potential for greatness. As a reader myself, that’s what really hooks me. I love reading about characters who struggle and grow. I cheer for their highs, I cry for their lows. When readers really and truly care about characters, they will follow those characters to Hell and back. I just hope my readers continue to enjoy the journey!
Q: Where do you draw inspiration from?
MEAD: I draw inspiration from life and experiences. People often think you have to travel the world or take a forensics class to write something really incredible. In truth, some of the most wonderful books out there are built from everyday life. I’ve written funny scenes based on something small and quirky observed in a coffee shop. I’ve written huge, emotional scenes based on my own experiences with love. The things in our hearts, the things we live through and observe…those are the places where the richest writing comes from, in my opinion.
Q: What books are you reading right now? What books have inspired or influenced you?
MEAD: Right now I’m reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. I’ve actually been reading it for about seven months. When I was younger, I could’ve eaten up that book in less than a week. Now, with a baby, my reading rate is much slower! But his books and anything else that’s strongly character driven are what affect me the most as a reader and a writer. I grew up reading all sorts of genres, historicals like the Anne of Green Gables series and fantasy like the Dragonlance series. No matter the genre, all were filled with strong, believable characters, and those are what I’ve always aspired to write.
Q: Do you read much in your own genre? If so, what? And what have you learned about your own writing from reading these books?
MEAD: I actually avoid reading my own genre. It’s a little too much like taking my work home with me. I still think it’s important for authors to always be reading something, however. None of us are perfect writers, and there’s always something we can learn. Whenever I read someone else’s book, I’ll always see something—a clever wording, a vivid description—that I’ve never encountered before. I hope I can always grow as a writer and continue to improve my writing.
Ришел отговаря на въпроси на ShadowKissed.net:
Richelle kindly answered some questions for us! So, from our vault of questions we brought out five though out questions that we thought you’d love to hear her answer! Enjoy!
What is a must-have for you when you are writing?
My own space. I wish I was one of those writers who could write in cool locations, like parks or coffee shops. I get distracted, though, and am never fully comfortable. My best work always comes out of my own office, at my own desk. I can put my feet up, talk to my cats, and wear pajamas. A little crazy, maybe, but it gets the books done.
What was the inspiration behind writing a spin-off from VA? Did you always know you were going to, or did the idea come up mid-series?
I knew I was going to do it in the middle of the VA series, which was around the time I introduced Jill and Sydney. I originally thought Jill was going to narrate the new series, but Sydney turned out to be a better fit. Her voice and style are so unique, and it’s nice to have a human perspective on this world.
What was your favorite and least favorite part about leaving Rose’s mind and entering Sydney’s?
I love that Sydney can drop the craziest, most intellectual comments at any time. I’ve had to research some wacky topics to keep up with her! Rose was more “street smart,” so that wasn’t something I got to do a lot for her. While this isn’t my least favorite thing, I’ve been surprised at how difficult it is not swearing with Sydney. She never swears, either in thinking or speaking, but let’s face it: there are a lot of tense situations in these books that call for a few swear words. Rose never had any problem with that.
You answered a question saying that it was planned for Rose to be an Aries. What are the star signs of some of the other characters in the series?
Dimitri’s a Sagittarius, Lissa’s a Cancer, and Christian’s a Scorpio.
Is there a chance of it being revealed at some point that Dhampirs can actually have children with other Dhampirs?
It’s been speculated that they can, because Joshua told Rose that they could get married and have babies. Is there a chance of something being behind this, or was it merely an error in editing?
This was mostly an error in word choice on my part. I wanted to have Joshua go off on a crazy lovestruck ramble, painting a picture of all the things you want to do with someone you’re crazy about: get married, have kids, etc. I intended him to just not even really be thinking about what he was saying, but I shouldn’t have done that! It’s a line that’s raised a lot of questions since then.
Както знаете Michelle Rowen е създателката на Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guidе:
1) Obviously you have to be a big fan of the series in order to author the Ultimate Guide. What was it about the story that hooked you?
I was a huge fan of the series ever since I received an ARC of the very first book from my agent (who is also Richelle’s agent). Got to say what initially hooked me was the “forbidden” relationship between Rose and Dimitri — the chemistry between the two is incredible! Loved every minute of their roller coaster relationship! Plus, Rose was such a dynamic heroine, even when I was shaking my head at some of the crazy decisions she made, she was just so real and compelling on the page. And then later, I was hooked by Adrian! (Because he’s hot). So, the characters, the world, the story…everything drew me in and kept me turning the pages!
2) What prompted the idea of an Ultimate Guide for the series?
I’m honestly not sure what prompted the idea in the first place — but I’m pretty sure it had A LOT to do with the extremely enthusiastic fan base this series is blessed to have. All I know is that one night last year, Richelle was in Toronto for an event and we went out for dinner. She mentioned that Razorbill was thinking about doing a Guide and I immediately said “ME WANT TO WRITE THAT!” My sincere enthusiasm for the series and for Richelle’s writing, as well as a few more connections that came together helped pave the way for my getting the chance to be a part of the Vampire Academy world!
3) How did you get the information that is included in the guide? Did you do a Q&A with Richelle about things YOU wanted to know?
For the bulk of the Guide, I reread each of the books slowly and took copious notes on everything — characters, terms, plot, favorite quotes, etc. — then organized it into the sections I already had mapped out. There were a few things that I had to go directly to Richelle to find out — such as a couple of last names that weren’t readily available in the books themselves. She was more than happy to help me out whenever I needed a little guidance!
4) Will there be any new “story” in the Ultimate guide? Some other series guides include a novella or short story that was created specifically for it.
The Ultimate Guide is what I’d call a fun overview of the series as it was written — a journey through the world of Rose, Lissa, and their friends, and the plots, characters, relationships, terminology, tattoos, etc. While there are no new stories included, there are some awesome insights from Richelle herself about her writing process, about the characters and world, and many Q&As throughout the book with her which adds a real personal and exclusive touch to the Guide. Also, there’s plenty of fun quizzes throughout to test a reader’s knowledge about the world of Vampire Academy. And the color insert is fantastic, giving a great glimpse into the gorgeous artwork used in the VA graphic novels.
5) Is there anything you inadvertently left out of the guide you had planned to include, but realized after it was too late to add it? Here’s your chance to share, lol
Quite honestly? I think I included everything I could! If there’s something I left out, I don’t know what it could possibly be!
Източник: Happy Twilighter via Twitter
Интервю на YA Book Reads с Emma Vieceli:
To my shame, I hadn’t read the Vampire Academy novels when I was first contacted about the possibility of working on the graphic novel.
Rob Valois, the editor for the project, is a great guy who I got to know back in the days of Tokyopop’s Rising Stars of Manga.
He called me about the job and it was largely my respect for him (not to mention my gratitude for his having thought of me for the project) that lead me to start reading the books and seeing what I may be signing up for. It wasn’t long before I was utterly and completely hooked. Richelle had created a cast I fell head over heels for, and a social structure that had so many fantastic storytelling avenues that I couldn’t resist signing up for the job with glee. It’s always a good sign for an artist if we read something in prose and our mind instantly imagines how we’d like to try drawing it – this happened for me throughout reading the series.
Of course, with any popular series and a popular set of characters also comes the massively scary task of then visualising those characters in a way that will please readers. I had to be a little honest with myself from the get-go and understand that there was no way in the world that I could possibly draw these guys in a way that would fit every reader’s visualisation – maybe not even mine.. My main focus was drawing them in a way that Richelle would like, since they are and will always be her babies. I was especially concerned about getting characters like Dimitri and Adrian right for Richelle’s fans. For many readers, Dimitri is their ‘perfect man’ (I think he’s probably mine too!), but everyone has a different idea of what a perfect man looks like, so how do you draw that? I actually spent a lot of time before starting on designing characters looking around at what the fanscene were creating. I scoured fanart and blogs to get an idea of how readers as a whole visualised these characters, and tried to combine those ideas with the feedback I was getting from the publishers, until we had our final designs. The feedback I’ve been seeing so far has been so positive, and the fanscene is so supportive – I’m hugely grateful to them for being so nice to me when I’m playing with these characters that mean so much to them!
More than pure artwork for me, graphic novels are about storytelling, of course.
Leigh Dragoon is the person with the massive task of cutting down the prose books into graphic novel script form, and it’s been great working with her. We didn’t have all that much contact for the first book, but obviously communicated via the editors. For Frostbite though, we’re all that bit more confident and are communicating more, and it’s wonderful. I’ve been really lucky as an artist as the team have allowed me to act as a sort of co-director. It’s something I’ve done a lot more of in the second book, now I feel I’ve found my feet a bit more on the project. I’m a huge fan of the books, of course, and that helps a lot, haha. Leigh’s script does the hard work for me in terms of what’s being said in each panel, but in terms of directing the pacing and layout on a page, I’ve really been allowed to take charge. I’ve added small reaction panels where I think they’ll maybe add something. I’ve chosen certain behaviour for characters even if they’re not talking. I’ll add glances and expressions that may suggest what can’t be said in the script. Hopefully these touches added to Leigh’s adaptation will bring the books to life in a new way for readers.
Then of course we have Caravan studios on colours…and they really add a whole new dimension to the pages! Sometimes a page comes back to me when I’ve been used to seeing it in pure lineart, and the transformation really takes me by surprise. They’ve really done some lovely work on the magical effects and on setting mood. The colours just bring the whole book to life.
Obviously, a GN adaptation will always be a reduced version of a novel, much like a film adaptation, and we can’t possibly fit everything in that we’d like to, but hopefully some of the little touches will make up for that. There are elements to storytelling that only a comic can achieve, and as a comics reader myself, I adore the results that words and pictures can create! A graphic novel will never be a replacement for a novel, but it should be a good companion piece; a new way of approaching a loved story, or a starting platform to lead new readers into the world Richelle created.
Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel is due for release on 23rd August 2011 so be sure to get a copy!
For more information about Emma Vieceli, check out www.emmavieceli.com!
For more information about Rachelle Mead, check out www.richellemead.com!
Източник: YA Book Reads