quarta-feira, 16 de abril de 2014

[ENTREVISTA] Marissa Meyer

Estou realmente contente ao publicar esta entrevista!
A querida autora Marissa Meyer aceitou em ceder-me este prazer e devo confessar que pesquisei bastante de forma a trazer perguntas às quais não encontrei resposta e que pensei serem interessantes paras os fãs desta escritora. As respostas são realmente interessantes e revelam a simpatia da Marissa.

Melissa Nogueira: Marissa, do you remember how you felt when you first saw a printed copy of Cinder?

Marissa Meyer: It was so emotional! I remember being shaky and both wanting to jump up and down and scream, but also wanting to just curl up on bed and hug the book forever. I'm not sure anything can prepare a writer for holding her book for the first time - something that many of us have dreamed about since we were kids. It's a special, once-in-a-lifetime moment!  


MN: Cinder is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella, and Scarlet, Cress and Winter are all based on characters from fairy tales. In a time where the reinvention of fairytales is in vogue, what do you think are the main particularities that make your books excel from the others?

MM: I love fairy tale retellings and am so happy that they've had a resurgence these past few years. I think the retellings that find their audience and go on to be successful are the ones that are able to make themselves into more than "just another retelling." With the Lunar Chronicles, while I do take a lot of inspiration from the classic stories, I've also worked hard to make the stories my own - my own original world, my own unique characters, my own plotline that eclipses those familiar plots we know from the fairy tales. It can be difficult finding a way for it all to merge together in a way that feels natural, but I think readers have responded to it really well.  

MN: Is there a meaning behind the context of each book (Cinder in Asia, Scarlet in France)?

MM: I chose to set Cinder in Asia because many scholars believe that the original tale of Cinderella began with a story that was written in 9th-century China (some 800 years before Charles Perrault!). It was called "Ye Xian," and eventually made its way to Europe through the trade routes. They also believe that the concept of the slipper fitting the smallest foot was a direct reference to the Chinese tradition of footbinding, which I always found to be really fascinating.

My reasoning for France was a little more obscure. I wanted to choose a place that had a strong connection to werewolf mythology and folklore, but it turns out, almost every culture in the world has used wolves in their folklore! But then I heard the story of the "Beast of Gevaudan," a real-life slew of killings that happened in southern France hundreds of years ago and were attributed to werewolf attacks. I was so intrigued, and I thought that strongly paralleled some of the events that happen in Scarlet, so I went with it.

As for setting large parts of Book 3 in Africa, I referred to some old version of Rapunzel in which the wicked witch casts Rapunzel out into "a great desert." Well, when I think great desert, I think of the Sahara, so the Sahara it was.

MN: How did you select the stories in which The Lunar Chronicles are based? Why not Cinderella instead of Sleeping Beauty, for instance?

MM: When I first had the idea to write a series of futuristic fairy tales, I began with making a list of some of my favorite fairy tales, and tales that are popular with readers today. I had maybe a dozen or so on the list (including Sleeping Beauty)! Then I started to brainstorm different science-fiction twists that I could give to these stories. The four I ended up choosing (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White) were the four that I felt like I had the best ideas for, and that I could envision how they might all tie together into one continuous story. They just kept rising to the top.  

MN: Cress is about to be published in Portugal, can you give us a sneak peak of what to expect in the 3rd book of The Lunar Chronicles?

MM: How exciting! Cress is based on Rapunzel, but instead of being stuck in a tower, Cress is stuck in a satellite orbiting Earth. She's been trapped there for the past seven years of her life, forced to use her exceptional talent with computers and hacking to spy on the people of Earth and report back to evil Queen Levana. Now she's desperately trying to find a way to escape, and she believes that escape lies with none other than Linh Cinder and her growing band of rebels.

Cress was a lot of fun for me to write, and I think it includes more of what readers have been enjoying throughout the series - more action, more romance, more humor. Some mysteries are solved, while new mysteries are introduced. I sincerely hope readers in Portugal will enjoy it!

MN: Is there anything else you would like to add to this interview

MM: I can't think of anything - but thank you so much for having me!

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