Leigh Bardugo Quotes
I write very much from what I want to see, and the hardest projects are projects where you lose track of that.
When I did the zero draft for Six of Crows,' it was a very organic process.
In Shadow and Bone,' Alina's race is never specified. But that entire book is basically built on a white default. My life has never been entirely white or entirely straight, so I had to really step back and question why I'd chosen to write my first novel that way.
At least when I was a kid and a reader, I loved the feeling of wondering whether or not something was real, being able to look up connections.
Teenage girls have so much sway over culture, yet people sneer at the things that women and girls love, and are contemptuous of the creators of that content, particularly if they are women.
There is this really tight relationship between horror and shame. And shame is in all of my books as the biggest monster. And horror is all about creating a metaphor for something you can't face That connection is super powerful for me.
YA fiction tends to have a finite quality. You're looking toward a goal - prom or graduation or revolution - and we leave these characters after a moment of tremendous transformation.
I'd like to say I'd be a Heartrender. I'm quite bloodthirsty and I look great in red.
'Shadow and Bone' was the first. Siege and Storm' was challenge and surprise. Ruin and Rising' was the opportunity to see a story through to its end.
I had soaked up all of these ideas about what it meant to be a creative person from media and culture. And I had this idea in my head that if this was your calling it was supposed to be fun. It was supposed to feel good to wrestle with a blank page. And imagine my surprise when it wasn't fun at all.
I didn't publish my book until I was 37. So the ability to pay my bills, pay my rent, make a life for myself, and become a working writer was a puzzle that took me a while to solve.
When I see someone deride things that women and girls find pleasure in, all I see is someone fearful that women will overtake the culture they've had dominion over for so long.
It is a challenge to write in the real world once you've had the advantage of being able to create your own world.
When you start dictating culture, money gets involved and people take notice.
If you were to just slap together Six of Crows' and Shadow and Bone,' it really wouldn't work.
The two genres that probably take the most flack in literature - they are young adult and romance right now. I don't think it's a coincidence that these are genres that provide places for women to express desire and love for adventure, for the opportunity to be placed to heroic roles.
Let women write horror. Let women write darkness, let women write trauma, without having to carve out their own trauma to justify it.
The characters in Six of Crows' aren't kings or queens; they don't have grand destinies. They're just six kids desperate enough to attempt the impossible.
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