During my stay at Comic-Con, I opted not to go to Hall H on Sunday, which pretty much gave me more freedom with my schedule, and thus I was able to set up an interview with the wonderfully talented author (and artist) Marie Lu. Despite not being able to sit down and find a quiet place to talk, and being pretty much forced to stand in the middle of a crowded hallway during the interview, she was super gracious to give me a few minutes of her time to answer some questions about the Legendseries and even some questions about her next series after Legend.
But before we did, I also got to fangirl a bit with her, since she got to see uber handsome Henry Cavill in person as he made an appearance at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday night, which you can see below.
MTV’s Hollywood Crush caught up with author Marie Lu at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and got some information from her regarding the final book of the Legend series, Champion. As with most YA literature, not everything ends in a fairy tale classic ending, but surprisingly, she apparently didn’t kill off as many characters as she had originally planned:
“When I first started writing ‘Legend,’ I just assumed everyone was going to end up dead at the end of the story. It just seemed like where it was going to go,” she said. “But the deaths that happen are hopefully significant ones and ones that will sit with everyone a little bit.”
I’m not sure whether this is actually a good thing or a really horrible thing, but it’s something for the fans to dread, either way.
Not everyone will be happy with how the story concludes, and Marie knows this. She just hopes that fans will be satisfied with how things wrap up. “Everyone has a different definition of what their perfect ending will be,” she said. “I hope at least that it feels conclusive and people won’t be left with a million questions.”
She understands how readers feel, though – and as readers, we’ve all been somewhat disappointed with some endings to books.
“I think the last book in a series is always the hardest one to win the fans over. For me, as a fan, when I read book series, I tend to be the most judgmental of the last book,” she said. “So I know if I do it, everyone else does it too. There is definitely that added pressure of ‘Is this the way the fans want to see it end?’ They’ve been following the story for so long they want to see the characters come out of it in a certain way. It’s something that I do worry about a little bit. The third one was the hardest for me to write, so let’s see if people like it.”
If you only have a pass for Sunday to this year’s Comic-Con, and were bummed that you weren’t going to be able to see Marie Lu, well, worry no more! She will be in another panel on Sunday, July 21st, and it looks to be just as good as the Friday panel!
Safety Not Guaranteed
Dystopian societies, postapocalyptic scenarios, enhanced (and deadly) abilities, and mysterious government branches make the future a not-so-safe place to be. Moderator Anna Jarzab (Tandem) joins authors Marie Lu (the Legend series), Gen Albin (Crewel), Brandon Sanderson (Steelheart),Margaret Stohl (Icons), Amy Tintera (Reboot), and Michael Johnston (Frozen) as they discuss what it takes to survive in the future worlds they’ve created.
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:30pm – 3:30pm
So, get ready for more literary talk from these awesome authors!
For those who will be going to San Diego Comic-Con this year, we have good news! Author Marie Lu will be there and she’ll be in a panel!
From Idea to Buzz: The Team Behind a Literary Blockbuster
Join author Marie Lu (Legend series, optioned by CBS Film), literary agent Sara Megibow (Nelson Literary Agency), and publicist Marisa Russell (Penguin Group) in a conversation moderated by literary agent Kate Schafer Testerman (kt literary) about the contribution of various members of a publishing team to the crafting, sale, and launch of a critically-acclaimed book series.
Friday July 19, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 23ABC
I got a chance to meet her at last year’s Comic-Con and she is such a joy. Unfortunately, due to my inability to clone myself, I probably will not get to see her at this panel as I will be stuck in Hall H. However, for you who would rather spend your time away from that massive venue, I definitely recommend seeing Marie here as they discuss book stuff.