In a little Q&A session, YA author Marissa Meyer answers a few questions from USA Today about other young adult novels, and what her favorites are.
Who’s your favorite YA heroine?
Marissa Meyer: The first that comes to mine is Fire, the title protagonist from Fire by Kristin Cashore. I’ve always been intrigued by beauty and vanity and the difference between internal and external beauty, which is probably apparent in my own novels, and I loved how Fire is a strikingly beautiful girl — unnaturally so — and while this could be used to manipulate and coerce people into doing her will, she sees it as a flaw to be overcome. She wants to be loved and appreciated for who she is on the inside, and seeing her develop as a strong and determined character throughout the book, and how the other characters’ reactions change to her, was so engrossing.
What’s your favorite YA novel?
Marissa: It’s so difficult to choose just one, but right now I am head-over-heels in love with The Raven Boys series from Maggie Stiefvater. The combination of mythology, mystery, romance, and the supernatural is all so layered and fascinating. The books are incredibly well-written and full of surprising twists and brilliant characters. I’m so excited for the third book to release!
What’s the best part about writing YA?
Marissa: My favorite is the fanart! YA fans become hugely involved with their favorite stories and characters, and that often drives them to create drawings and paintings, fanfiction and fanvids, infographics and fancastings and so much more. Their passion and talent is mind-blowing and it’s all SO much fun for me to see. It’s also such an enormous honor to think that readers have fallen in love with the books to the point where they want to continue to engage with that world even after setting the book down. I get giddy every time someone shows me fanart of my books, and I’m not sure that will ever go away.
You can read the full article, which includes answers from YA authors Anne Blankman (Prisoner of Night and Fog) and Gennifer Albin (The Rain Is a Lie), here.