Finally got my hands on Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan.
Aw, the whole set, and Holly’s books too! What an excellent picture this is.
Finally got my hands on Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan.
Aw, the whole set, and Holly’s books too! What an excellent picture this is.
naeksworld said: Now that the Lynburn Legacy is finished, what can you tell me about the titles of each book contained within? Unspoken, Untold, Unmade... I recall Cassandra Clare played some role in the naming. But would do they meeeeean? (Also, I joined Tumblr, just now, so I could 'Ask You Anything'. This is what my life has become!)
Huzzah, welcome to tumblr!
Well, Unspoken was originally called ‘Listen for a Whisper’ because I am terrible at titles.
And then when it sold, my editor said gently to me that we’d be changing the name.
Right, I said. Good call, I said.
Any suggestions? she asked.
I… don’t… I said. I’ll think about… that…
Great, she said.
I sent her a few lists of names. They weren’t… I’m terrible at titles. (Like, whose genius idea was it to call The Demon’s Lexicon The ‘Watch Out The Bible Belt Burn This On Sight’ ‘Word People Aren’t Immediately Familiar with?’)
They don’t like anything! I cried. INJUSTICE! I was in France at the time, at a writers’ retreat with Cassie Clare, Holly Black and Robin Wasserman. They were in the pool. I sat beside the pool, contemplating the bees.
Nothing will make them HAPPY, I said. They don’t like ANYTHING, I said. And I still have to think up a Gothic-sounding SERIES title, I continued.
What about Unspoken? asked Cassie. Because they communicate without speaking!
Sure… I said. I mean, I’ll SUGGEST it. But they won’t like it.
What about the Lynburn Legacy for the series title? asked Robin. Haha, or something better than that.
Look… I said. Enjoy all your big heads full of IDEAS and all, guys, but let me just write an email and you’ll see how this goes over.
Great ideas! said my editor. Now we’re all set!
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BRILLIANT IDEAS AND THANKS, JERKS, I said.
And they were all like:
After that, I wanted titles that both began with ‘Un’ (symmetry!) and that were to do with words, because so much of the series is about words, and writing, and communication. ‘Untold’ worked perfectly because there was so much that needed to be told, and hadn’t been—between Jared and Kami, in Kami’s family, and in the town. ‘Unmade’ for a long time was called ‘Unbroken’ but then the lady who wrote Seabiscuit took the title.
I was mad. I cursed the name of the lady who wrote Seabiscuit!
But then, ‘Unmade’ occurred to me. I like it, because promises are made and unmade. And so are people.
… Really, Unbroken was always too cheerful a title…
And so this is the story of the titles of the Lynburn Legacy. Don’t ask about the time someone suggested the title ‘Unvanquished’ because it was a real bad time.
From today on Twitter: I often see “I wish [bestselling writer] would include POC/LGBT characters!” But There are other writers who do this. Support them.
So, you’re suggesting I read books by authors I do not like, and/or that deals with subjects I am not interested in, simply because it has a PoC/LGBT character?
I wish certain authors would have diverse characters because these are the ones writing books I’m actually going to read.
And I wish bestselling artists would because no matter what their next book going to be about, it would get many readers and a lot of publicity.
Can you imagine what it would have been like for PoC and LGBT to have their group represented as one of the trio in Harry Potter? Or even just make Dumbledore openly and obviously gay?
This is what we need. It’s not that the public isn’t aware such people exists, but they are never in the mainstream media. Correct me if I’m wrong, but seems to me this is what all those PoC justice posts are preaching.
And best selling authors are the main streams of books, so we want them to include these characters.
Seriously? Do you honestly believe that bestselling books are anointed and raised up by some divine hand? Like THE CLAW HAS CHOSEN? And for some reason the claw keeps choosing straight white cisgendered protagonists written by straight white cisgendered authors? REALLY?
Best selling authors don’t just HAPPEN to be in the mainstream media. Selling a lot of books MAKES someone a bestselling author and GETS mainstream media attention. But books are sold one at a time to readers who make choices about which books they want to support.
If you want more diversity, you have to buy more diversely.
And, look, I love me and I want everyone to read all my books all the time, but reading a book with a diverse cast written by JK Rowling or myself or any other white straight cisgendered writer isn’t the same as reading a book written by a person of color or a LGBTQ+ writer. It’s the difference between a secondary source and a primary source. But if you feel that FOR SOME REASON you can be absolutely sure that you’re not going to like a book you haven’t read because it isn’t already a bestseller, then I guess that’s you, but please, please, please don’t act like it’s some kind of positive political act.
And don’t you dare talk that way to Malinda.
I agree with everything Holly has said above and I admire that she said it without using the many expletives that came to my mind.
I see a lot of people watching shows/movies without diversity, reading books without diversity, and then asking for diversity in those books or those shows or those movies…
You know, asking for diversity from creators who already showed they weren’t that interested in creating something diverse.
I think it’s important to wonder why people are drawn toward media without diversity, even when they say they want diversity. It’s partly because that’s the media that’s pushed, of course, but there is diverse media to be found, and there are so many people choosing not to go looking. Why do people think this way about the diverse media that’s there?
It’s very hard to believe anyone saying they want one thing, while they show you they want something else.
With the launch of Magisterium and Darkest Part of the Forest and with my husband being overwhelmed by our toddler, I decided that an overhaul of my website was overdue.
So HERE IT IS.
Created by the fabulous and very patient Jeremy Tolbert at Clockpunk Studios, it’s super easy to…
Guys the writing advice is super good and the website is super pretty. ;)
Newflash: A 12th Doctor needs a 12th adventure by a 12th author – and Holly Black has got the job!
I am super crazy excited to be writing a Doctor Who eshort for 11 Doctors 11 Stories, featuring the 12th Doctor! Was given fascinating research materials.
You can preorder it here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/doctor-who-lights-out-twelfth/id904855473?mt=11
FANCY AWESOME, and nobody deserves fancy awesome more.
after what feels like literally the longest week of my life working on it my marauder’s map dress for leakycon is DONE!! as a side note, i literally never want to use another fine point sharpie in my life.
THIS IS AMAZING OMG
This is beyond amazing and inspiring.
This is so so pretty, and in its beauty and the obvious hard work and dedication put into its beauty are clearly representative of Leakycon itself. Obviously I can never go, but I am SO PROUD of my beautimous friends Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman for running such a fantastic thing, in which everything runs smoothly and beautifully but in an individual and loving way, and I think all the authors going are amazingly fabulous (go to Malinda Lo and Alaya Dawn Johnson’s panellation! and Holly Black will teach you how to fix your book!). So: LOVELY. Everyone going to Leakycon please enjoy yourselves, get lots of books, and prepare to be dazzled by wonders.
So, earlier this afternoon I tweeted some observations drawn from my experience as a female author in publishing, working alongside both female and male authors in publishing. The things I said were the result of YEARS of things I have witnessed. I did not, and will not, go into specifics, as that…
Please read this, because Lauren is so, so, so right about this. And over and over again, I see people say how their feelings about particular authors (male and female) are individual. But what’s disturbing is that those individual feelings seem to — over and over again — align with the same disturbing trend.
Lauren writes up in clean and simple prose things I may have already written angry and terrible poetry about:
And Jennifer Lynn Barnes has done mathematics to prove.
In the 249 books in the Times ‘best of’ lists, 76 books were written by women… and 173 written by men. (I’m no mathematician but I’m adding 2 plus 2 and getting something gross and biased is going on here.)
Lauren is right that going into specifics detracts from the larger point—but as she already said it so well I have nothing to add and as people often go into specifics to attack those people making larger points, I’m now going to go into some specifics to prove Lauren’s larger point.
Lauren mentions her book getting compared to Twilight. Twilight comparisons: they happened to every lady there for a while.
They certainly happened to me. There’s a comparison of Twilight on the back of the UK edition of my first book—which had a boy protagonist and no real romance on account of said boy didn’t have human feelings. (But Stephenie Meyer and I both have boobs. So, CASE CLOSED!) Also like Lauren, I was asked why there wasn’t more kissing. (Had I not noticed that I was a lady?) And yet at the same time, when I *did* write girl protagonists and more romance, suddenly my writing was so much less deep. (Sexism—gets you every which way.)
For a lady, having comparisons made between your work and someone else’s means something different. Dudes are doing a homage or ‘taking their rightful place in literary canon’. Women are scolded for being ripoffs.
It got so bad for L.J. Smith there had to be public announcements made, even though it was physically impossible for her to have ripped off Twilight.
‘L.J. Smith has been writing books for Young Adults since the 1980s. She wrote The Vampire Diaries in 1991, which (for those who can do basic maths) works out to nearly 15 years before Stephenie Meyer’sTwilight Saga was written. So please, for the love of all that is holy, stop saying these books are copying Twilight. If they were, L.J. Smith would have had to have mastered the art of time travel, and would likely have made her fortune that way and be living a life of luxury on a tropical island.'
Sounds like she might have received more than a few emails on the subject…
(I’m just going to quote here from another monster post I made a while back.
'Dudes get to write perceived-as-derivative/actually-derivative fiction all the time and it’s a HOMAGE, but girls can’t do either. People decide girls’ stuff is derivative and lousy all the time, whereas boys’ stuff is part of a literary tradition and an important conversation. This is sexist and terrible.
Neil Gaiman referenced Asimov in Neverwhere:
And G.K. Chesterton in Coraline:
And William Gibson in Neverwhere:
Yet I do not see Neil Gaiman getting chased around and called names.
I am very tired of seeing women insulted for things every dude in the world is allowed to do. It is not literary critique. It is violent misogyny.’
Still true, buds!)
More specifics: I think this particular discussion on sexism started with a debate about John Green, and John Green as a person is someone I owe a debt of gratitude to. Last summer I was the target of a lot of ugly internet stuff, which culminated of course in the usual dead-end alleys of hatred: public and private nastiness. I’m not sure which upset me more: public posts discussing how I talk too much, and how I’m pathetic, and of course how ugly I am, or the emails discussing how I should die and be raped and have my books burned. The public stuff actually seemed worse, because it’s shocking to receive that treatment from people who pretend to believe in social justice, and to see others agreeing with them in an orgy of hatred… but the private messages designed only to shock and upset me like an ugly whisper in my ear, to target me where every woman is vulnerable, were bad too. I went on meds. Last summer was the worst, guys.
John Green (who I don’t know personally at all) spoke up supportively, and it really meant a lot to me. Most male authors wouldn’t have done it. I see over and over dude authors saying that generally they support female authors, and never supporting any specific women, but always the Dudes in their Dude Club of Literary Awesomeness. So, personally I am very grateful. I think it spared me quite a lot of misogynistic horror I was in no place to cope with.
On a non-personal level, I’m happy that John Green’s lady-led movie was a big success… not least because I want to see the next step of a lady-led lady-written movie being a big success. Let’s not dismiss Twilight or the Hunger Games, because people dismiss them too much, but let’s also have our fingers crossed for the movie of Gayle Foreman’s If I Stay, which can only be helped by the success of Fault In Our Stars. And let’s look toward the next next step—some more lady-led lady-written lady-directed movies. There still is, disgusting though it is, a prejudice in Hollywood and everywhere else against female-led films (how else do we explain the treatment of ‘teen girl’ films? Where, when there is every financial incentive and every indicator it would be a success, is our Black Widow movie?) and that cannot and should not be ignored.
John Green has become, to a sexist media, an example of ‘a dude who did it right while silly YA WIMMIN were doing it wrong’—and that’s frustrating for everyone (including Green) who is aware of all the many smart women in YA doing it right, and it means there’s pushback against him as a symbol. Also he’s popular enough now that he’s getting the hatred and pushback that people just get for being popular, and that hatred and pushback is hideous. It drove Stephenie Meyer clean off the internet. It fills me with horror and sympathy for him, as it does for her… but at the same time, I know and have seen many female authors get that kind of hatred and pushback, for having far less popularity than any man.
It is super tempting to blame an individual instead of an institution, because an individual is much easier to take down. So blaming John for sexism is easy—and blaming Lauren for jealousy is easy—but it isn’t productive.
This isn’t about any individual person. It isn’t about jealousy of anyone or hostility toward anyone or any one imperfect person’s flawed behaviour. It’s about the fact the world is not set up to let women succeed in the same way as men do, and that’s something we are all unconsciously participating in.
Here are some more specifics to prove that larger point.
How many dude writers are getting requests for topless pictures, like Maureen Johnson did?
How many dude writers are getting both treated badly because of sexism, and then treated DOUBLE badly (funny how that happens… it’s like people are trying to prove your point!) because they discussed sexism, as happened to both Eleanor Catton and Clare Wright?
ELEANOR CATTON: What is she doing, having an opinion? Why isn’t she grateful? Why doesn’t she just shut her mouth and feel something?
How many dude writers are accused of SLEEPING WITH SOMEONE FOR A ENDORSEMENT!!! as Robin McKinley was?
(Note: Robin McKinley is a genius and I would describe several of her books as practically perfect. She has not offered me any saucy favours to say this.)
(Note: George R.R. Martin has often described his early blurb from Robert Jordan as influential in his books’ success. Oddly, I have never ever seen anyone saying ‘Oh Georgy boy, you little minx, what did you do to get it?)
All the specifics, as Holly Black says, form a trend.
We need to look at what everyone is doing. We need to look at what *we* are doing. We need to look at the way the world works, and change it.
I have written you guys the longest post in all the world. But it does have bonus Who I Met in Hay on Wye!
Kami & Kaye
I hope you ladies become best friends … or at least like one another lots!
SOMEONE: Do not do the thing.
KAYE: The thing we were told not to do? THAT IS THE THING WE MUST DO.
KAMI: Of course. It’s our journalistic responsibility.
KAYE: We’d better do it twice as hard to be sure.
KAMI: YES. What if we did the thing we were told not to do and then did another thing so loopy that nobody even dreamed we might do it?
How could they not get along? ;) (Also I love their outfits, so characteristique!) (Kaye, you best not get my girl hooked on cancer sticks!)
Calling all Newcastle Shadowhunters! Meet Cassandra Clare, best-selling author of The Mortal Instruments in this exciting event for fans of YA fiction. See Cassandra interviewed by her friend, and fellow YA author Sarah Rees Brennan, talking about her incredibly popular books, find out how she gets her inspiration and an opportunity for you to ask all your burning questions. This is one of Cassandra’s few UK events and the only chance for North East Shadowhunters to meet the lady herself.
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Come see me and Sarah poke at each other! Good times :)
I really love Seven Stories in Newcastle. (I went once for a school visit, then came back and told all my friends—‘KELLY!’ I said to Kelly Link. ‘They love you! They have a throne!’)
I came back with Holly Black in November, and we sat upon the throne together.
Also we saw the Enid Blyton exhibit, and I got super weird about my favourite Enid Blyton hero. A good time had by all!
So I am super happy at the thought of coming back to Newcastle with Cassie, and of course poking her repeatedly. In the game of thrones, you poke or you die.
SARAH: I love you Newcastle.
NEWCASTLE (whispering): Will Sarah Rees Brennan NEVER LEAVE?
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Book 3 of The Lynburn Legacy
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