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Dec 09, Minutes Young Adult Buy. Mar 22, Pages Young Adult. Dec 09, Pages Young Adult. Feb 24, Minutes Young Adult. Dec 09, Minutes Young Adult. What is her destiny? An unconventional book that entertains to the end and stays with you long after. From the beginning, you envisioned Gemma as a heroine who kicks butt and takes names—all in a corset bay crinoline.

What changed about the character after you began writing the book? What stayed the same? Yeah, right, because dealing with supernatural visions, secret societies, and lots of not-quite-dead people is always a real laugh riot, right?

I did always see Gemma as sardonic, a social commentator in the vein of a Jane Austen character, and I think that stayed the same. But as often happens in the course of the writing, the character took over, and I discovered that Gemma was much more vulnerable and conflicted and infuriating and all those yummy things that make people into people.

And for that, I am glad. But as her friendships with Felicity, Pippa, and Ann develop, she begins to love and trust them. And she is offered, in turn, love and trust, anger and mistrust.

The only rule of the Order is that the girls must always tell each other the truth. Their friendship is ultimately as dangerous as it is passionate. As you wrote about Gemma, Felicity, Pippa, and Ann, did you have anyone you know in mind?

To a certain extent, I drew on my own adolescent friendships, which were very powerful and important in my life.

I felt rather estranged from my family emotionally as a teenager, and those friendships were everything to me. But at some point, the characters take on a life of their own and become who they are, and you, the writer, are just along for the ride. What is it like to stand on the precipice of doing something you know could get you in big trouble? That sense of discovering your characters and how they react is part of the joy of writing fiction for me. Your story is rich in Victorian period detail, yet the characters feel real and immediate, as greaf they were alive today.


How were you able to get inside the heads of girls who lived over a hundred years ago? I wanted to have all the trappings of that era, which fascinates me. I wanted to have that feeling of girls near the dawn of a new century, of girls who are torn between two worlds in so many senses: But Aa wanted them to have a universality to them, too; a sort of modernity of feeling.

A Great and Terrible Beauty

Those feelings—the desire to be loved and understood, the fear of disappointing others, longings and yearnings, fear of and curiosity about the unknown—are timeless. The difficulties of growing into selfhood are the ferrible, in many ways. This is a bit of a delicious irony.

What did you mean by giving terriblw book the title A Great and Terrible Beauty? Wow, will this be on the test? Was this on the review? Okay, let me put down my potato chips and really think about this. I suppose Libbw meant that having power is both an awesome and a terrifying thing. It is awesome in that one gains confidence and freedom. But it is terrifying in that there are consequences, and one must accept the terms of this agreement.

Why, did he call you? Seriously, I have no idea. It was the proverbial summer crush. Oooh, he was such a cutie! Kartik also shares qualities with another friend from my college days. He was half Indian, and we had a rather passionate friendship. We argued as much as we laughed. But there was a real meeting of the minds, and he challenged me in some very good ways.

Sadly, I lost contact with him, too. What do you think of the term chick lit? Would you categorize A Great and Terrible Beauty as chick lit? I hate the kibba chick lit because it feels demeaning. Nobody calls the work of John Updike and Philip Roth old white guy lit. By and terrjble, the writing of men is not categorized and compartmentalized in this way beyond specific publishing genres, i.

I have the same problem when movies are referred to as chick flicks. I think that was what stuck in my craw about Jonathan Franzen The Corrections dissing the Oprah show. People, I did not march for NOW in my teens for this crap. Did you see these battling groups in terms of men terrib,e women? Do you believe there is a battle of the sexes going on today?

While I was writing BeautyI thought a great deal about how historically, governments, the medical establishment, and religion have sought to keep women from having access to real power.

That said, I think that any group in power, no matter who they are, does not want to relinquish said power. You know—flip on MTV and in the majority of videos, the guys adopt this macho posturing and the women are all about sex and fashion. I meant to put on clothes and, like, have interests, but, you know, like, it was just so hard to figure out how the straps work on my bra. We have different things to contribute, and that is great. We also need to be aware, as women, that we often hold ourselves back.


But only by asking yourself that, by knowing what you want, can you really go and get it. Only by knowing what you want can you stop waiting for other people to supply it for you, which just leads to frustration and a feeling of powerlessness. What you want is valid. What you care about is important. What does she mean by this? Will we see more of Miss Moore in the next book? I think that as a society, we are very consumed with the idea of safety and security. It drives our economy.

It builds our gated communities. But safety is an illusion. I think anyone living in this world today knows that, on some level.

This is not to say that you should test this theory by jumping off a cliff or going without your seat belt, okay? The thing is that every choice carries with it a sense of personal responsibility and accountability and a degree of insecurity.

You have to live with that and step outside the fear. You will definitely see more of Moore in book two. Do you believe that these widely ranging experiences helped or hindered you on your path toward becoming a published author?

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Every experience you ever have as a human being on this planet—from the mundane to the absurd to the sublime—goes right into the old writing bank.

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba Bray

I like to use them all. Thank you, drive through, please. We might end up with a nation of people who say please and thank you and tip twenty percent. My advice to aspiring writers is pretty straightforward: Read what interests and moves you.

Read what gerat you. Read instead of watching reality TV. It just might change your life.

I beaauty it has mine. You are unique, and this is a beautiful, beautiful thing, grasshopper. You are in control of it. You are able to say whatever you need to say, long to say, must say. And that is an amazing feeling.