Brief note...sorry that this picture is a little dark, but the lighting wasn't the greatest and there's only so much you can do on a cell phone. :(
However, I really want to share some of what I learned with you guys! Without further ado...
~*~On The Movie~*~
Filming just wrapped last month and though he won't get to see the script for many more months because authors always hate the Director's Cut (his words, seriously), he's happy with what he has seen. He has had a solid two interactions with Chloe Grace Moretz and definitely fanboyed on the inside each time.
His favorite scene that he saw shot was the scene where Cassie is hiding under the car and has to decide to if she wants to run and potentially die or stay under the car and probably die since she's wounded and the shooter is most likely still out there. That car? Well, it's a big block of wood. Chloe was laying under a big block of wood with a huge square tunnel cut out in it so the camera could stare directly down at her face. Of course special effects would make it like the cool inside of the car, but the minor emotions displayed on her face at this time blew his mind. This scene filmed on an airport tarmac in Atlanta was the first scene he saw shot and, guys, seeing his excitement made me literally freak out inside.
For him, this experience is "like stumbling into a dream you have had and there it is in real life." I can totally see that.
Favorite fun fact ever: the dead bodies in the film are actually mannequins. Rick Yancey desperately wanted a cameo in his own film, but they refused to give him one despite his amazing dead body imitation abilities.
~*~On The Book~*~
Rick is currently writing book three and all anyone wants to know is who gets with who? I mean, the world is ending and everything is blowing up and WE JUST NEED TO KNOW WHO ENDS UP WITH WHO.
Aside from that...these are some of my favorite questions and answers from the night.
1. Are any characters based on people you know?
They sneak their way in, especially his son who is preparing to enter college. He actually channeled Cassie's personality form his wife, Sandy, who he would run to often with amazingly snarky quotes only to realize he took them from her when she said them weeks prior.
2. Where did the idea for The 5th Wave come from?
Fear of aliens and personal bankruptcy, of course! ;) He always wanted to write science fiction so he took an alien invasion theme and made it about us instead of them. Because we never actually see the aliens, the series is all the more unique.
3. Why does he write YA?
His career as a young adult novelist actually started from failure. He wrote an adult novel with a male protagonist and it wouldn't sell, and now he's here.
4. Do you have any writing rituals?
His rituals build on each other the longer he writes. In the beginning he had absolutely none, but now he has to be writing on his patio with a fire going even though it's hot in Florida (because he compares them to the fires of creation). He also has to drink a certain amount of coffee and listen to a certain kind of music. No more writing in the car!
5. Where would he go if the world was ending?
If the world was ending, Rick Yancey would go to Disney instead of staying in his house because they would stay open right until the end and probably attempt to negotiate with the aliens. I mean...let's be honest. ;)
6. If he lived in his world, when would he die?
The author would die in the first wave...stuck in an elevator with much bigger people for days with one bottle of water and no food. (This literally made me die!) If he needs a quicker death then he would probably be at Disney on a roller coaster when the power goes out so he dangles and dangles and dangles then falls out and dies.
7. Favorite thing about being an author?
He is very thankful to be where he is today and even at the event at Books of Wonder. In his eyes, the coolest part of writing a story is the ability to entertain yourself since you're your own first audience and having people react in a way where they share in that joy brought on by an entertaining story. The joy of reading can unite people and make them all care for something. Because of this he does care for his readers. An example is that he makes it incredibly clear which perspective you are currently reading after feedback from the beginning of book one.
8. What's so interesting about writing for him?
It's really interesting to him to write young characters like Sammy because you don't want to bore readers with simple sentences, but little kids experience before they can process, so it's challenging to get inside their head sometimes.
9. My favorite piece of parting wisdom: Books are organic. You work in a garden and nothing is set in stone so it changes as you go. Writing is not a formula, but a process that you're working through constantly.
10. Fact that made me squirm: the last bit of his survival food would most likely be sardines because he eats them once a week. (EEEWWWWW!!!!!!)
This giveaway is provided by the amazing publisher, Penguin. It is for one (1) paperback of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. You must be 13 years or older to enter and this is for US citizens only. The winner has 48 hours to respond before I pick a new one.
May the odds be ever in your favor. (: