Hey everyone! So we’re back for another look at some awesome writing and this week I wanted to focus on a very funny lady who writes all kinds of genres. I haven’t read or even loved all of her books, but I respect her writing a lot.
Author of: the Paranormalcy series, the And I Darken series, Chaos of the Stars, Slayer, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Illusions of Fate, and the Mind Games series.
What I like most about White is her versatility. She started her career writing paranormal stories (Paranormalcy), moved to writing suspense thrillers with a paranormal twist (Mind Games), then wrote a feminist take on Vlad Dracul (And I Darken), looked at a famous literary character (The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein), and is now writing about Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Slayer). And her forthcoming series is going to be about Guinevere from the legend of King Arthur.
She’s the kind of writer where, if I had a student looking for a book, I could point them toward whatever genre the liked and it would include White. (Well, minus contemporary stuff, but it’s close.)
She has a great sense of humor, which shows through early in her writing career. One of the funniest books I’d ever read was Paranormalcy. Here’s a taste:
“Oh relax.” I waved my hand dismissively. “If he wanted to kill me, he already would have. I brought him all these sharp pencils, ideal for stabbing, and he’s been a perfect gentleman.”
-Kiersten White, Paranormalcy
However, her writing completely morphs into whatever character is the narrator in that particular story. This is especially evident in the And I Darken series, where the story is told between Lada and her brother Radu, who have vastly different personalities. Lada is extremely tough and vengeful to the point of being unfeeling. Radu has a good heart and cares, maybe not about everyone, but he can’t stand seeing people hurt. Lada’s outlook on life is pretty well summed up here:
“Hold hands with the devil until you are both over the bridge.
Or kill the devil and burn the bridge so no one can get to you.”
-Kiersten White, Now I Rise (book 2)
And this describes the siblings perfectly:
“Lada had always known exactly what shape she would take. She had never let it be determined by the people around her. But Radu could not escape the need for love, the need for people in his life to help him see what he should—and could—be. Lada shaped herself in spite of her environment. Radu shaped himself because of it.”
-Kiersten White, Bright I Burn (book 3)
White is always in the process of writing what seems like five things at once. She’s lately announced she’s going to be part of an anthology retelling many of Shakespeare’s plays, where she will be redoing Romeo and Juliet. I’m excited to see what that looks like, not just from her but from all of those involved!
And on Twitter, White is hilarious to follow. She uses her humor and storytelling to the greatest effect to write about the bizarre things that happen in her life. It’s a lot of great fun.
Anyway, I think she’s fantastic! What are your favorites from her?