Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I have so much love for this book, I don't even know where to begin! So, I'm super excited to be a part of this fun scavenger hunt interview! This is the last stop in the scavenger hunt, so if you're just starting this, you'll need to start here at The Bookish Type to read the first question!
The Delirium society is so focused on eradicating love that they seem more obsessed with the concept than our own society (and that’s saying something). Were you interested in this kind of counterintuitive dynamic as you wrote Delirium? Do you think there is a similar theme or concept that modern society is so obsessed with repressing that it actually produces the opposite effect? (Reading Teen)
I think that any repression typically produces an opposite effect from the one desired. For example, the fastest way to make a book a bestseller is to ban it widely and create controversy around it. In the United States, nudity and sex are considered controversial elements whose representations need to be rigorously controlled, and we are one of the most sex-obsessed cultures there is. There’s a famous fairy-tale about exactly that. It’s the story of Bluebeard; he’s a noble who gives his wife the keys to every room in his castle besides one, which he forbids her ever to enter. And then, of course, she’s obsessed with getting in the locked room.
You can check out my review of Delirium here.