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Brenna Yovanoff is is the author of The Replacement and has published in various journals. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Recently she sat down with Maggie Stiefvater to discuss Stiefvater's Ballad and The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Read the resulting interview below, or turn the tables to see what happened when Maggie interviewed Brenna.
Brenna: Even though we all know that characters are not authors, we also know that characters sort of are their authors (at least a little bit). Which of your characters would you say is most like you as a person?
Maggie: Well, most of my characters are delightfully single-minded, because that is what characters do. So if I were arguing a high-level thesis paper, I’d probably declare that, in fact, all of my characters are really me, just exaggerated, stripped of gray areas and less than crystal clear motivations. Even the evil ones. Maybe especially the evil ones. >br/>
That said, I’ve been told I’m quite like Isabel from the Shiver [Wolves of Mercy Falls] series and James from Ballad.
Brenna: If Cole from the Shiver trilogy and James from Ballad had to fight each other in a snark-off, who would win?
Maggie: James, I’m afraid. Cole has learned to rely far too much on his appearance to win these things and sometimes, my friends, a finely crafted chin will just not get you ahead in life.
Brenna: When your characters are romantically involved, they’re willing to fight desperately to be together, often against seemingly insurmountable odds. Like when their significant others turn into wolves and run away into the forest. Where do you stand on the topic of true love?
Maggie: I’m a fan/ believer/ proponent of true love. I think it’s worth waiting for, and I also think it’s worth fighting for once you’ve found it. I’m one of those madly in love people who just doesn’t understand why anyone would stand for anything less. I also find long-term dating confusing. I was engaged after a month and a half because, like Grace in Shiver, I am bad at shopping. I just see what I want, and then I go and get it.
Brenna: Cole St. Clair’s band Narkotika is, understandably, not a real band. However, if it were a real band, what would it sound like?
Maggie: Well, I think that Narkotika, like love, is in the eye of the beholder. It’s supposed to be an edgy, hard, slightly unsettling band, and that varies depending on what you listen to. Also, it was originally an electronica band (think Blaqk Audio). These days I go through life thinking that possibly they would sound like Ringside. Or Korn. Or Carolina Liar. Or Three Days Grace. I realize that these bands sound nothing like each other. I have no good explanation for that.
Brenna: What would you say to all the woefully optimistic girls out there (i.e., me) who want to know if Cole would date them? What if they said please?
Maggie: Oh, Cole would date you. I guarantee you he would date you. If by “date,” you mean “make out with you in a dark hallway, remove some of your clothing, completely avoid giving you his contact information, disappear, and make you have a resulting existential crisis about why you date boys who treat you badly.”
The please wouldn’t be necessary.
Maggie Stiefvater has written a beautiful story, it's descriptive and very real.
Because I don't want to give too much away you should probably stop reading my review and just buy the book right now (Go!)
Too many loose ends, too much like other books I've read before to keep much of my interest in it.
Shiver is a book about werewolves. The thing is, these werewolves are unique and totally out of the box. Round of applause for Ms. Stiefvater! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Krystianna Straley
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Excellent book , there needs to be a series--I love wolves anyway.Published 7 days ago by Marion Boshell
Lovely, lyrical, and achingly sad. Shiver is more introspective than most YA books and is sometimes criticized for being too slow or wordy, but I found it to be beautifully... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Joey Contino
What love should and should not be. If there was ever an embodyment of true love this would be it. Stiefvator makes me feel like i am right there with The charactors watching the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Could not finish this book. Because of the cover, I thought it would be a horror novel. It is a romance book with the two main characters who have no personality whatsoever. Read morePublished 12 days ago by paintbrush 16
Captivating romance book that gives werewolves a more realistic look..Published 14 days ago by Kyra
It physically pains me to write this review and give this book a measly two stars. I've become consumed by Maggie's The Raven Cycle series, so I genuinely expected to enjoy more of... Read morePublished 15 days ago by ItsJaneLindsey