themusicalbookworm:

So remember when I told you guys that I wrote a song for Day and June in Legend? Well, this is it! It’s called “Hey Now” and it’s dual perspective. Because of that, I’m going to add the lyrics below so you can follow along if you’d like. 

It’s not about their relationship with each other but rather, each of their individual relationships with the story and ultimately their convergence. I hope you guys like it ;-;

Verse - Day:
Hey now.
Take a look around.
Look at what you’ve done.
All that you’ve torn down

Hey there.
Citizens are scared. 
Why don’t you think twice
before throwing bombs in the air?

Hey now.
Who’s listening?
My words are
unscripted.
Hey now.
Open your eyes.
Hey now.
Hey now.
Get up and fight. 

Chorus - Day:
You’ve taken all that you could take from me.
Now I don’t need your sorry eyes to see.
I’m not a ghost I’m in the flesh.
Guess I’m good at evading death.

I feel it like a throbbing in my brain.
I know who I am, we’re not the same. 
I’m not the legend that I was.
I’m standing here a champion.

Verse - June:
Hey now
Take a look around.
Look at all the bodies
That are scattered on the ground. 

Hey there
Citizens beware.
The people that you trust
Will become your worst nightmare. 

Hey now.
I’m listening.
Their message
is cryptic. 
Hey now.
Turn on the light.
Hey now
Hey now.
Get up and fight. 

Chorus - June:
You’ve turned me into something that I’m not.
I’m standing with a gun held on the spot. 
Pull the trigger, who am I?
Redesign me, let it fly. 

My eyes are clear and I see farther now.
You put on quite a show, so take a bow.
I’m not the prodigy I was.
I’m standing here a champion. 

Bridge:
Hey now. 
Who’s listening?
Their message
is cryptic.

Hey now.
Hey now.
Hey now.
Fight now.

Hey now.
Hey now.
Hey now. 
Hey now.

Chorus - Both:
Standing hand in hand, take your best shot.
We’re taking back the world you took from us.
Hey now
Break down.
We’re proud.

Fight now. 

Bullets cannot kill immortal hearts.
You never had a prayer from the start.
Hey now.
Can you hear?
Hey now.
Losing fear. 

Standing hand in hand, take your best shot.
We’re taking back the world you took from us.

Legendary prodigy.
Fight with us, we’ll set you free.

Lyrics!!!!! Too cool—the words are perfect and totally fitting, with a fantastic melody. Love it!


the dreaded "d" word

rahdieh:

i’ve been thinking for a long time how best to share my views on a topic that has always been very important to me:

diversity.

yeah, yeah … i know.

the word itself causes an array of reactions, some visceral, most emotional.

it’s loaded for many reasons, least of all the fact…

Perfectly said. Perfectly.


sararaasch:

thefandomnet:

Cover Reveal: @marie_lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES
The cover for THE YOUNG ELITES, the first book in a new fantasy series by LEGEND author Marie Lu, has finally been revealed!

Ahhh SO GORGEOUS!! Congrats, marielubooks!!


Happy Thursday, guys!!! Look. Lookit. It’s the cover for THE YOUNG ELITES, my new novel which comes out on Oct. 7 of this year. Isn’t it amazing? I love the ominous clouds. I love the big, bold letters. I love everything about it! Zoom Permalink

sararaasch:

thefandomnet:

Cover Reveal: @marie_lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES

The cover for THE YOUNG ELITES, the first book in a new fantasy series by LEGEND author Marie Lu, has finally been revealed!

Ahhh SO GORGEOUS!! Congrats, marielubooks!!

Happy Thursday, guys!!! Look. Lookit. It’s the cover for THE YOUNG ELITES, my new novel which comes out on Oct. 7 of this year. Isn’t it amazing? I love the ominous clouds. I love the big, bold letters. I love everything about it!



"No one told me this place was a … a brothel," I say.

"A pleasure court," Raffaele specifies. "Brothels are for the poor and tasteless."

The Young Elites (coming Oct. 7, 2014)


The boy approaches me. The only part of his face not hidden by his mask are his eyes—hard, midnight dark, alight with fire.

The Young Elites (coming Oct. 7, 2014)


rl-dump:

oh wow, I haven’t drawn anything for ages…I feel so out of practice
Anywho, some warm up doodles of Day/Daniel Wing from the Legend series that I started reading the other day. I’m still pretty undecided about this design like whether or not he’s tanned or how light his hair should be, so it will probably be radically different the next time I draw him plus the fact i’m not far enough in the book to have a good understanding of his character haha.
I have no idea how popular this series is but I like how it’s going so far, so if anyone out there is looking for a new dystopian novel to read, I recommend this one

Gorgeous colored sketches of Day! I love his rough and tumble look. Zoom Permalink

rl-dump:

oh wow, I haven’t drawn anything for ages…I feel so out of practice

Anywho, some warm up doodles of Day/Daniel Wing from the Legend series that I started reading the other day. I’m still pretty undecided about this design like whether or not he’s tanned or how light his hair should be, so it will probably be radically different the next time I draw him plus the fact i’m not far enough in the book to have a good understanding of his character haha.

I have no idea how popular this series is but I like how it’s going so far, so if anyone out there is looking for a new dystopian novel to read, I recommend this one

Gorgeous colored sketches of Day! I love his rough and tumble look.


Ok, don't get me wrong because it's just curiosity, but I have to ask: how much of Supernatural is in Demon's Lexicon, if any? Please don't get this wrong, i love your books, it's a great story with great characters (and better storytelling, to be fair). It's just that I started to watch it recently and some similiarities struck me. And because it would be SO great if someone made a tv show out of DL :)

sarahreesbrennan:

Oh, you poor sweetie. Please don’t feel at all self-conscious about asking this question, because it’s totally fine, and I so appreciate you saying you like the books (and I would love to have a TV show!) but this is actually something that comes up a lot. This ask about my books is really nice, which is why I chose it, because people have told me they find hostile asks upsetting. I do myself.

Since this question DOES come up a lot, sometimes in not-so-nice ways, I figured maybe I could use this nice question and write some kind of Ultimate Tumblr Answer to all such questions so I wouldn’t have to answer it again. 

This is going to be kind of a BIG answer and it might feel overwhelming, so check out of it any time after the simple answer, which is:

None. Zero. Zip. Nada.

There is no Supernatural in my books. I promise you.

I have only seen a few episodes of the first season of Supernatural, back maybe six years ago, and I didn’t enjoy it. (Which doesn’t mean that people can’t enjoy it. Many people cooler than me enjoy it. I have a brilliant lady astrophysicist friend who owns all the box sets!) I’m not going to go into why I didn’t enjoy it, because then people will come and argue with me about my judgy ways, and criticise all the stuff like Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf that I do like. Fair enough, people. Let us all like what we like, accept that we like different things, and everything will be lovely!

I always feel like I have to be careful talking about Supernatural: if any Supernatural fans read the Demon’s Lexicon series and think to themselves, ‘Hey, this contains some of the stuff what I like, i.e. demons and brothers (the only two things TDL and SPN have in common)’ - then fabulous. I want people to read my books, and whatever way they get to my books is wonderful.

But it’s also important to be clear and honest: I would not base a book series on a TV show I never saw much of, and which I didn’t enjoy. That would be a lot of time to devote to stuff I didn’t enjoy! I wouldn’t do it. (Why do people think I would? Well, we’ll get to that later.)

There are a lot of demon stories out there, and a lot of family stories out there, but here are some obvious dissimilarities between Supernatural and the Demon’s Lexicon series:

1. The brothers in Supernatural are actually blood related, while the brothers I wrote about are not blood related. They are not even the same species.

2. One of the brothers in Demon’s Lexicon is disabled.

3. Road-Trip-Through-Small-Town America is a very distinct aesthetic Supernatural seemed to be going for. Can’t be achieved when your setting is England. The magic system itself is rooted in American folklore—mine is totally different.

4. There are ladies in my series who are present in every book and important, whereas I do not believe the Supernatural series has a female lead present in every episode or indeed season.

5. There’s also a queer character present and important in every book, and I do not believe the Supernatural series has a queer character present in every episode. Or indeed season.

6. There are no angels in my world and I understand angels become pretty important in Supernatural. Obviously, they like angels and I like—other stuff.

This has come out seeming judgy of Supernatural after all. I understand that Supernatural now has a queer lady character played by Felicia Day, and that’s excellent. I don’t mean to bag on Supernatural. But it is a very different story to the story in my books, and its creators have very different priorities to me, and I think that’s pretty clear.

There’s something else to be discussed here, which is that people may say unto me: Why’d you write books about brothers and demons if you didn’t want people to think your books were fanfiction, you dumb jerk?

I have two answers to that.

1) I can write what I like and I think it’s gross to say that I can’t.

2) It wouldn’t have mattered what I wrote about. Every book I’ve ever written gets this. My books haven’t just been called Supernatural fanfiction. They get called Harry Potter fanfiction, too. Definitely! How would I have the ability to come up with my own characters? 

No, the hero of Demon’s Lexicon is definitely Harry Potter. (Y’all remember that Harry Potter was an evil demon, right?) And Unspoken is definitely Harry Potter too. (Y’all remember that Harry Potter was a part-Japanese sassy girl detective? As well as being an evil demon. That Harry Potter. Such a multi-faceted individual.) 

My books are also Twilight fanfiction. (What isn’t?) And Full Metal Alchemist fanfiction. Just ceaseless fanfiction. And that means of course that the books are very, very bad.

My books get called fanfiction all the time, I think, for two reasons:

a) I am a girl. 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: 

http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/66578815533/my-father-claims-the-line-violence-was-the-last-refuge

And G.K. Chesterton in Coraline:

http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/42909304300/my-moms-a-librarian-and-planning-to-put-literary

And William Gibson in Neverwhere:

http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2004/12/some-days-bears-on-top.asp

Yet I do not see Neil Gaiman getting chased around and called a plagiarist like I was this summer when I wrote three words which also appear in the Hunger Games! (And before that, as it turns out, in The Emperor’s New Groove. Llamas, sue the Hunger Games!)

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.

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b) I used to write fanfiction. (These two issues—sexism and fanfiction—are actually very closely intertwined, because writing fanfiction is something that mostly girls do, and thus like all things Associated With Ladies, such as sewing and pink, is treated as dumb and worthless. And fanfiction, as I’m going to discuss, provides people with a narrative that go ‘why this lady actually sucks’ and people love narratives which say that.)

For those who didn’t know I used to write fanfiction, it’s obviously irrelevant to your opinion of me, and honestly, you can cut out here. Definitely if the person who asked me about Supernatural this time around wants to cut out here… they should. I am about to get mad. It is not your fault. I have just got this too many times, and I have had it up to here.

When someone is traditionally published after writing fanfiction, they get treated like trash, both by people who think fanfiction is weird rubbish and by people who themselves like to write and read fanfiction.

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Too important, must reblog. SRB, I give you all the virtual hugs. <3

When I was younger, I wrote Sonic the Hedgehog fanfiction. It was fun. And if things are fun and also don’t hurt people, one should be allowed to indulge without fear. Funny how this world makes such a simple concept so difficult?


http://sarahreesbrennan.tumblr.com/post/78487448119/gratuitous-moonspeak-getting-sick-of-female-ya

gratuitous-moonspeak:

getting sick of female YA authors crying about every little bit of criticism they get. “oh boo hoo I’m a girl and I’m getting criticized so it must be sexist”

like hey yeah maybe you’re just bad at writing? maybe you need to break out of your circle jerk of well-to-do…

Everything here.



slureads:

Some WIP fanart for the YA novel Legend, by Marie Lu!  I’m planning to color in these headshots, and then make go run with these designs to make a full page illustration if it goes well. :P

She has her own art on DA, so I feel a bit nervous about my own interpretations of her characters, but this is fun!

Reading the Legend trilogy really actually felt like watching an anime/reading a manga to me, so I opted for a more manga-inspired rendition of June and Day.  I like the Javert/Valjean relationship between the two heroes, so perhaps I can come up with a cool poster-like illustration of the two. ^^b  (You can even imagine it’s really a comic, hehe.)

It’s been a while since I’ve reblogged! I saw this and just squee’d from the cute. Soo good. That little bandaid on Day’s face! June’s faint blush! Love. <3


The Importance of The Unlikable Heroine

clairelegrand:

I’ve always had this tendency to apologize for everything—even things that aren’t my fault, things that actually hurt me or were wrongs against me.

It’s become automatic, a compulsion I am constantly fighting. Even more disturbingly, I’ve discovered in conversations with my female friends that…

A fantastic read. You go, unlikable ladies, you go. <3