New queen of dystopian novels? July 10, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, News.
Tags: Comic-Con, Legend, Marie Lu
A: I think being born in 1984 somehow meant I was destined to write a dystopian series! I also find it fascinating to explore these worlds in fiction because they echo the dystopias that exist and have existed in the real world. We’re often asked, “Do you think these terrifying societies could ever exist in real life?” They have existed, and still exist today. The United States had an eugenics movement in the early 20th century, and then placed millions of Japanese-Americans in concentration camps during WWII; we had Nazi Germany and China’s Cultural Revolution; North Korea’s regime is still around. Dystopian stories are fascinating because they remind us how warped our reality can be.
Q: A “don’t miss” for you at the Con?
A: I’m going to have to knock some people over to get a seat at the Legend of Korra panel on Friday morning, because I’m a big A:TLA and Korra fan. “Remixed Fairy Tales and Superhero Lore” is also one that will be amazing fun! And, of course, there’s the Firefly 10-year reunion. No explanation needed.
Q: Anyone you’d like to bump into at the Con?
A: I was lucky enough to chat with George R.R. Martin last year at a party, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it happens again this year! Also, if I were to stumble across Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino, I might just collapse from Too Much Joy.
Lu will be signing books at the Penguin Teen booth on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Penguin will be giving away limited edition Comic-Con editions of “Legend” throughout the show.