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What Really Happened In Peru
“I am not going to ensorcel a monkey! Honestly, Ragnor. What do you take me for?” — Magnus Bane, What Really Happened in Peru
What Really Happened in Peru, the first of the Bane Chronicles is out today! And Sarah and I are like this:
We very much hope you like it! (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the kindle app for any Apple device, or get it at the Nook or Sony store, and if you’re in the UK, it’s here.
I think this is the highlight of Shadowhunters and Downworlders
- Isabelle: No, you should totally bite me. The conflation between the vampire bite and sex is totally a literary archetype.
- Simon: But I never fanged a girl before. I mean, I fanged Jace that one time, but I was all dizzy and we were on a boat-you know how wild cruises can get-and it meant nothing and he was honestly more into it than I was.
- Isabelle: I believe it. Noted pervert, our Jace. Now, fang my brains out.
- Comment From Jessika: Is James Herondale just like Will? The whole "nothing's right, everthing's wrong" sort of deal?
- Sarah: No... they're different, though alike in like, bone structure. ;)
- Cassie: James is not totally unlike Will, because they are related. :) But Will tried to make everyone else hate him. James just wants to die. Mostly James is pretty nice to everyone else.
- Comment From Destiny: Are we going to find out what James's special power is? I believe I read something about Will and Tessa's children having something special about them :)
- Sarah: Yes you will find out what it is in Midnight Heir. *sniffs* Poor James.
- Cassie: You'll definitely find out James' power...Lucie may or may not have one. :)
Sarah Rees Brennan spills secrets from THE BANE CHRONICLES
Sarah Rees Brennan, co-author of THE BANE CHRONICLES (a cycle of stories surrounding Magnus Bane) with Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson, answered some fan questions about THE BANE CHRONICLES on Saturday during the weekly Shadowhunter Saturday event on Twitter.
On whether we’ll find out the story about why Magnus is banned from Peru:
On the best part about helping with Magnus’ backstory:
Everything to do with Magnus is fun! But I love how nice & welcoming Cassie Clare’s fans are to us about The Bane Chronicles.
On Magnus’ wardrobe:
The beauty of Magnus’s wardrobe is that if you ever think ‘would Magnus wear…’ you instantly go ‘YES HE WOULD.’
On favorite personality trait of Magnus:
While being hilarious & hot are great, I’d like to be as kind as Magnus secretly is. He helps everyone!
On whether we’ll get to read more about Magnus and Camille:
Camille will feature.
On Magnus and Alec:
I think lots of people love his relationship with Alec… & Alec features lots.
On whether there will be another person that Magnus has fallen for:
Magnus has had many romances over the centuries…Maureen Johnson came up with a very EXCITING one.
On what THE BANE CHRONICLES are about:
The different stories will be about different points in his life, yes–Peru, Alec, Camille, France, NYC in different decades…
On whether some INFERNAL DEVICES characters will appear:
One must always be prepared for Herondales.
The first of the 10-issue cycle will be released in February 2013 and a new issue will be released every month.
What are you most looking forward to reading in THE BANE CHRONICLES? Sound off in the comments!
Putting on my ranting pants
sarahreesbrennan said: I like your idea SO MUCH… and yet I am troubled by (and this troubles me about the whole LBD itself) how very, very difficult it would be for a girl to be Hank Green. Still, Lizzie and Caroline doin’ it for themselves! You dream better. ;)
This is one of the reasons I want it to happen so badly in fiction.
It’s so interesting that what Lizzie dreams about at the beginning of the LBD is all small stuff—working for someone else, making a little bit of the difference, finding someone to pay her a little money—when, in fact, what she is doing is entrepreneurial in a very successful way. A man who did what Lizzie has done—created a successful video blog that has amassed a large following and close to 18 million YouTube hits in less than a year—would be interviewing with the hottest, poshest new media firms and asking for signing bonuses. Or he’d be stirring up venture capital. Or he’d be telling people about his new “empire.”
Yet when Lizzie is asked about it, she refers to what she does as “little videos.”
There’s us women, playing down our accomplishments even in our own heads. Women get to be employees, but we don’t start our own businesses—and if we do, they’re small businesses, like salons and restaurants and cupcake shops, and not big things like transmedia companies. (Reminder: Lizzie did start her own business—and for all that people rag on Lydia for being irresponsible, she started her own business, too, and made a profit in the first few months—something that is far outside the bounds of average). If women are doing it, it’s just a “little” thing. A little venture, nothing important. Nothing like what the important men are doing.
But don’t worry—if we stop playing down our accomplishments, we’re bitches. If two sisters started a video blog with each other, people would complain—bitterly—about how “strident” they were. A guy can talk about his accomplishments and people think he’s smart; a girl who does the same is boasting.
While we’re talking about the general, subtle denigration of all things girly, we also have the creators of the LBD explaining that the Lizzie Bennet Diaries are more than just a love story—because they’re about someone’s life and growth and relationship with their family.
I grant you that there’s a lot more to the LBD than the romance plot. But… The underlying implication is that actual things that are “love stories” are small, selfish, crabbed things, focusing only on the romance. Even 45,000 word Harlequin category romances include plots beyond just “love.” You can’t find me a love story of any quality that is just about love.
In short, I want fiction where women kick ass and people think it’s okay and even though they might face obstacles, they win and win BIG, not just a dainty woman’s size portion.
Because god damn it, it is about time.