Google+ Reading Teen: Interview with BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS (and The Luxe) author Anna Godbersen

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Interview with BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS (and The Luxe) author Anna Godbersen





One of my absolute favorite reads this year has been BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS by Anna Godbersen.  So, I am thrilled to bring you this interview as part of a blog tour with The Teen Book Scene.


Andye~
You have an amazing ability to suck readers into a time period, and make them feel like they're experiencing it first hand.  Has this (history) always been a passion of yours?


Anna~
The Mists of AvalonThank you! I have always been a big reader, and when I was young especially, I loved books that could transport me to a world that was really dramatically different from my own. Marion Zimmer Bradley’s THE MISTS OF AVALON was my favorite when I was twelve, because it was both historical and fantasy at the same time. Now that I’m older, I appreciate novels that are more familiar, more about the emotions, but I still love reading nonfiction about different eras. When I was in college, I took a lot of urban history courses, and that totally stoked my imagination, and it was exciting to use that knowledge—what New York was, how it became the New York we know now—in THE LUXE and BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS. And doing the research for these books is thrilling and a constant source of inspiration. 


Andye~
Cordelia, Letty, and Astrid are three very different girls.  Which one of them do you think you're most like?


Anna~
I am a fifty-fifty Letty and Cordelia split (that sounds really schizo, but is unfortunately true!). Astrid is the girl I always wanted to be. 


Andye~
If you could live in any time period, when would you choose and why? 




Anna~
Probably the 1950s in New York—there was such an intellectual life here then, and also such a cohesive culture, which I think must have been both comforting but also a really awesome force to rebel against. Plus, I am pretty all about modern conveniences, and a lot of them had come along by then… I don’t think I could hack it with the medical realities of the Gilded Age.


Andye~
I've been forcing Bright Young Things on all my friends!  What YA book do you force all your friends to read?


Anna~
Yay! Thank you for that. Man, I am shameful, I can never get anybody to read! I am going to have to plead the fifth here, and promise to be better in the future. 


Andye~
I loved Thom!  Do you picture a particular actor when you think of him? 


Anna~
Ugh, me too. It is always sort of embarrassing when you have a crush on your own characters. Actually, there’s this guy who sometimes takes yoga classes where I do yoga who is just totally gorgeous—a male model, for sure—and I always pictured Thom as looking like him. 
But then I watched the movie Bright Young Things—which obviously has nothing to do with my book; it’s based on one of my all-time favorite novels, Vile Bodies and I highly recommend both movie and book—and the actor in that looked remarkably like both yoga guy and the Thom I was picturing. His name, it seems, is Stephen Campbell Moore. I have no idea if he’s famous, and he is far too old to play Thom, anyway. But he is awfully similar to what I had in mind!

Andye~
Thanks so much, Anna, for stopping by!  I can't tell you how much I adored your book!!  





Make sure you check out my review of Bright Young Things, and also, go and peruse the BYT/Luxe website, because it is really fantastic!   





 

3 comments:

  1. Great interview!! I like also The mists of Avalon. I think it's normal she's crushed on one of her characters because if you write, usually you describe the man as you would want a man, he's good or bad, it's the same.

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  2. I love Mists of Avalon too! One of my favorite series ever. And Luxe is in my TBR pile!

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