Източник: Penguin Australia
Today we spoke with Richelle Mead about Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters. She gave us some insight to the script and our favorite characters Dimitri and Rose.
Question: I was wondering if a person or actor inspired the character of Dmitri? Or if you know any hot Russians personally?
Richelle: I’m afraid Dmitri came straight outta my brain. People have asked this and I have contemplated that maybe I should have mentioned it a long time ago, come up with a story to stick to and tell people. I can make up this great thing about maybe my car broke down and a hot Russian came and helped me fix my tire. I basically built a lot of mystique around the character. But the truth is he was born straight from me.
Question: From the actors that you have met playing the characters, which one have you met that matches your imagination from the character the best?
Richelle: I haven’t met any of the cast yet. They all are just spot on. I am so thrilled with the way that they did this casting. Everyone was just, I feel, very handpicked. The director was so conscientious about matching the character’s personality with them. I think the one that most is, Gosh, it’s really hard to pick anyone I would say is the most. I mean Zoey has that vibrancy and energy that Rose has. Danila’s got that stoic Dmitri thing going down. Maybe it’s ’cause he’s a little older than the rest of the cast, which is exactly how it should be for the books. I think the one that really knocked me out was when I saw Cameron Monaghan cast as Mason. He is just such a dead ringer for the Mason in my head, which is bitter sweet for those who know Mason and the rest of the series. I look, and I just think, oh Cameron. But ya, they all are, I just couldn’t be more thrilled with the way it panned out.
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On to Bloodlines — The perspectives will flip-flop between Sydney and Adrian in the series’ upcoming installment. Was it hard to make that change?
The perspectives in The Fiery Heart were surprisingly easy. I’ve been thinking about using Adrian’s voice for a long time and it happened pretty naturally with switching back and forth between them. The most difficult part kind of relates to the third-person problem — figuring out how you’re telling the story. Are they together experiencing the same scene from different points of view? Or are they having concurrent adventures? But getting inside Adrian’s head and all of that, that’s been a lot of fun. I think people are going to love it.
Do you think you’ll ever write another Vampire Academy or Bloodlines spinoff?
A lot of people have been asking this, especially now that we’re halfway through the Bloodlines series. I’m thinking about it. I know how the series will end and it ends a lot like all of my series do, which is that there is a resolution, but there’s always room for more. So this is the question, if I go there. I don’t know! We’ll see what happens. It would be fun. It’s hard to leave that world, especially as I write more books in it. When you put all that work into something, it’s hard to let it go.
I have to ask about the Vampire Academy movie as well. Are you going to visit the set?
I hope so. The details of that are being worked out. I hope I get to. In the meantime, they’re doing all sorts of stuff. Working on costumes, etc. Both the lead actresses [Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry] have had their hair dyed accordingly.
Don’t want to upset the fans on that one.
Yeah, it’s funny that hair color is such a sore subject with people. It was just like The Hunger Games when people saw blonde Jennifer Lawrence. But once the dye comes in, everything’s cool. So, they look great now. [Pauses] They looked great before, of course.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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