Marie Lu

Hi there. I write stuff, like the LEGEND trilogy (Legend, Prodigy, and Champion) and THE YOUNG ELITES (coming out Oct. 7, 2014). This is my little space: where I post news, tour info, my photos, mini-stories, snippets from old manuscripts, random thoughts, and art. Hope you stay a while.

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Hi there. I write stuff, like the LEGEND trilogy (Legend, Prodigy, and Champion) and THE YOUNG ELITES (coming out Oct. 7, 2014). This is my little space, where I post news, tour info, random thoughts, and art. For my photography, hop over to my Photo Tumblr:



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Winner of the signed TYE Hardcover

With over 1,500 entries, it took me longer to read through everyone’s submissions than I thought, but we have a winner! What I did: I picked out 5 favorite entries from each platform (Facebook, Twitter, Insta, etc) and then ran a random # generator to pick a winner.

The winner is…..Kayla Murray’s submission, “to be able to go into different dimensions. Maybe get to check out how things would be different in [alternate realities].” Congratulations! I will contact you with details.

Thank you all for participating in the giveaway! Keep an eye out for future contests.

I’m giving away my only personal hardcover of The Young Elites, signed/personalized to the winner. To enter, just instagram, tweet, facebook, or tumblr me the answer to this question, then hashtag it #TheYoungElites : “What would your superpower be?” I’ll be reading through and picking one favorite! Runs through 9am PST Sunday (9/13). Multiple entries fine. Thanks lovelies! The book’s officially out on 10/7.

Anonymous asked:

Ms. Bardugo, I loved your first books, but I was terribly disappointed to see you give in to political correctness in Ruin & Rising. You had a great story and then you ruined it with unnecessary lesbianism. Authors don't need to make statements, they just need to write good books. I hope you'll remember that in the future.

I answered:




I was really tempted to ignore this because I don’t believe in giving anon wangs a platform, but the term “unnecessary lesbianism” made me laugh so hard that I caved.

Authors can write good books and make statements. I’m going to make some statements now. (Get ready.)

Queer people and queer relationships aren’t less necessary to narrative than cishet people or relationships. In fact, given the lovely emails and messages I’ve received about Tamar and Nadia (and given the existence of anon wangs like you), I’d say making queer relationships visible in young adult fiction is an excellent—and yes, necessary—idea.

I do agree that story trumps statement or we’d all just write angry pamphlets, but queer people exist both in my world and the world of the Grisha trilogy. I don’t see how including them in my work is making a statement unless that statement is “I won’t willfully ignore or exclude people in order to make a few anon wangs happy.” If that’s the statement I’m making, I’m totally down with it.

Also, I’m going to take this moment to shout out Malinda Lo, Laura Lam, Alex London, David Levithan, Emily Danforth, Emma Trevayne, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Cassandra Clare, and to link to Malinda’s 2013 guide to LGBT in YA.  Because why just give attention to bigots when you can talk about awesome books and authors instead?

Watch out for “unnecessary lesbianism” in those books you read, kids.

I ❤️ Leigh Bardugo.

And let’s say you do your best. You put in all the effort you can. But then when your book comes out, the Internet gets angry. You slowly realize that, for once, the Internet might be right. You made a cultural misstep. If this happens, take comfort in the fact that even flawed characters can inspire. Apologize if necessary, resolve do better, and move on.

Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you.

Gene Luen Yang’s speech at the National Book Festival 2014 (via kceyagi)

(Source: elloellenoh)

It’s Tour Time again this October! The Young Elites’ villain-in-training, Adelina, is giving you the evil eye to come and hang out with me to talk The Young Elites, which comes out Oct. 7. This info is all posted at the News & Tour Dates page, too, at the bottom of this Tumblr. (For my fellow SoCal folks, my SoCal events are now posted here too!)


Talk & Signing

OCT. 7 at 6:00 PM

Books of Wonder

18 W 18th St

New York, NY 10011


OCT. 8 at 7:00 PM

Flyleaf Books

752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Chapel Hill, NC 27514


OCT. 10 at 5:00 PM

B & L Books

990 N State Road 434

Altamonte Springs, FL 32714


OCT. 13 at 7:00 PM

The Bookworm Omaha

8702 Pacific St

Omaha, NE 68124


OCT. 14 at 7:00 PM

Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd

Beaverton, OR 97005


OCT. 15 at 7:00 PM

Waucoma Bookstore

212 Oak St

Hood River, OR 97031


OCT. 16 at 7:00 PM

Face In A Book

4359 Town Center Blvd

El Dorado Hills, CA 95762


Vancouver International Writer’s Festival:

OCT. 22 from 6-7:15 PM

#26 The Real Deal

Studio 1398 (panel with Robert Paul Weston)

OCT. 23 from 1-2:30 PM

#39 Serial Success

Performance Works (panel with A.M. Dellamonica)


OCT. 25th at 4:00 PM

Pages, a bookstore

904 Manhattan Ave

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Date TK

Children’s Book World

10580 W Pico Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90064


NOV. 15th at 7:00 PM

Once Upon a Time

2207 Honolulu Ave.

Montrose, CA 91020


DEC. 5th at 7:30 PM

Mysterious Galaxy

7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd

San Diego, CA 92111


DEC. 6th at 3:00 PM


7812 Girard Ave

La Jolla, CA 92037

Comic-con Panels

It’s Comic-con time! For those who are attending and are interested in stopping by a panel I’m on, or interested in picking up a full advance copy of The Young Elites, see below:

Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature

Thurs, July 24 at 11 AM

Room 5AB

Paneling with Dr. David Brin, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Jason Hough, and Jonathan Maberry. Moderated by Henry Herz.

After-panel signing:Table AA09, 12:30-1:30 PM


Vengeance & Villains

Fri, July 25 at 10 AM

Room 32AB

Paneling with Kiersten White, Rachel Caine, Arwen Elys Dayton, Ann Aguirre, Kimberly Derting, and Allen Zadoff. Moderated by Michael Carroll.

After-panel signing:Table AA09, 11:30AM-12:30PM


Fri, July 25 at 12 PM

Signing and giving away THE YOUNG ELITES at Mysterious Galaxy’s booth (#1119)


Sat, July 26 at 11 AM

Signing and giving away THE YOUNG ELITES at Penguin booth (#1028)


And that will be a wrap for me. Hope to see some of you there!

Adelina almost didn’t make the cut as The Young Elites’s protagonist, for all the reasons hinted at in this first teaser trailer. But I still kind of enjoyed letting her kick my ass during the writing process.

Hope you all like this amazing teaser starring Adelina, made by MainStay Pro! The Young Elites releases on Oct. 7.

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