We’re going to play Pass the Parcel too! (Which is a…well, just a tag, but hey! We renamed it.) Of course, we’d love you all to play, so if you feel the urge, jump here to read the rules and grab the questions!
And, as a note, I realized some of you don’t know what Pass the Parcel is (oh my). So! I will explain. No, there is too much…I will sum up. (Sorry! A little Princess Bride there…)
Pass the Parcel is a typical party game in Australia (I think it might be English originally, but I can’t find a source to say for sure). A gift is wrapped in layers and layers of paper, everyone sits in a circle, and the music begins while you pass the parcel from one person to the next! When the music stops, the present stops. Unwrap a layer. Music starts. Pass the parcel. It keeps going around the circle, until there are no more layers to unwrap, and the person to unwrap the last layer keeps the gift!
So, now you can see how our tag has nothing to do with that at all. Enjoy!
1. Name your top 5 YA authors!
MIME: Suzanne Collins, Marissa Meyer, Eloise McGraw, Ally Carter, Shirley Marr
CAIT: (I’m not copying, by the way. Mime read my mind.) Suzanne Collins, John Green, Maggie Stiefvater, Steph Bowe, aaaaand Jerry Spinelli.
2. What’s the last YA book you read and what did you think of it?
MIME: I’m in the middle of reading Stephanie Morril’s Me, Just Different. So I guess it’s not the last book I read, as such. On the same note, it’s really, really good. I’m exactly halfway through. And I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
CAIT: I just finished reading Cinder (by Marissa Meyer)! What can I say? I loved it! (I wrote out my full review on goodreads.) Iko was my favourite character, but Cinder was just amazing. Cyborg? Mechanic? Grease all around? YES, PLEASE.
3. What’s your favourite YA genre? (Dystopian, romance, sci-fi, comtemporary, etc.)
MIME: I try not to get stuck in the “I only read ____ genre” rut. I love what dystopian I’ve read, but I haven’t actually read that much of it. Although, the first two favourite books that leap into my head are dystopian. I really like a good contemporary, but they have a tendancy to be soppy and hinge around the social/formal/prom. Basically, I like humour, exciting-ness, and general good-written-ness, and when I find all these in a book, the genre zooms up my Richter scale.
CAIT: Dystopian! All the way. I love the stuff. If I can’t have dystopian, I’ll probably go with some sort of fantastic epic adventure, or hilarious contemporary. I can even sit with a bawl-your-eyes-out heart warmer, if I’m feeling in a lenient mood.
4. Let’s talk characters! Pick a character you love and tell us why?
MIME: Ahhh…. Annabeth Chase? Yeah. She was great. I’ve only read the first Percy Jackson book, but she has a good personality. Technically speaking, The Lightning Theif is MG, not YA, but I hear the series evolves into YA. In a lot of serieses the characters aren’t super strong or super defined in the first book… in fact, usually it’s their development through the whole thing that endears them, but I felt Annabeth had good definition, and I loved her comments of, “Seaweed Brain.”
CAIT: Who thought up these questions? They’re way too hard. One character??! Hmph. Let me go with Puck, from The Scorpio Races (by Maggie Stiefvater). She had spunk and character, not to mention sharp wit that kept me laughing. She was so well written, I felt I’d known her for years. Plus she had just the sarcastic relationship with her brothers as I have with my siblings. What can I say? We connected.
5. Top YA villain?
MIME: President Snow! C-c-c-reepy! And Prince Humperdink, because of his awesome name.
CAIT: Hay! I wanted President Snow. Fine. I’ll say Sezuan out of The Shamer’s Signant (by Lene Kaaberbol), because he was/wasn’t a villain. That always makes an excellent badie. But, please, I have many, many villains I could list. Whoever invented this tag is so picky.
MIME: Sezuan was NOT a villain, what are you talking about?! He played the flute!
CAIT: My point exactly.
6: Top YA couple?
MIME: Ooh, that’s a hard one. I want to say Peeta and Katniss, because they were the perfect pair, but since I used The Hunger Games for my last answer, I’ll say Cinder and Prince Kai, instead. They were hilarious. (Not as funny as Cinder and Dr. Erland, but this is couple we’re talking about. They were pretty cool.) Or Mara and Sheftu!
CAIT: Finnik and Annie (The Hunger Games)! Oh! Or Tris and Four (Divergent). Or possible Sam and Grace (Shiver). But since, it’s supposed to be “top”, I’ll say Hazel and Gus (The Fault in Our Stars) because they were so funny and heartbreaking.
7. With dystopian on the decline, what do you think will be the next hot-trend in YA?
MIME: I wish somebody knew the answer, because it’s so hard to tell! I’ve heard a lot of people writing sci-fi, but that’s no indication that they’ll publish it or be a phenominon. Then I’ve heard whispers of urban fantasy, but I’m not sure how different that is to paranormal romance, and we’re still rising from that pre-dystopian age. It could be that everyone still loves paranormal deep down inside, and now that they’re sick of fallen angels and vampires, they’re looking for something close, but not identical. I’m not particularly hoping it’ll be either. I’m really curious, actually.
CAIT: I’m absolutely sure the next hot-trend will be (what do I write again? Oh yeah!) fantasy. Okay, so maybe not. I’m leaning towards sci-fi, because I know of a few snappy looking sci-fi books coming out. Maybe it’ll divulge into a trend? I’m not convinced dystopian is dead though. With The Hunger Games and Divergent movies on a role now, I think dystopian will spark back to fire in a few years.
8. What’s the next YA book on your to-be-read pile?
MIME: Replication (by Jill Williamson), yep, that’s coming next!
CAIT: Pile? Try stack-rivalling-the-eiffel-tower. I have Captives (by Jill Williamson), All This Could End (by Steph Bowe), Scarlet (by Marissa Meyer), Ender’s Game (by Orson Scott Card) and Graffiti Moon (by Cath Crowley). My to-read pile is likely to fall on me and kill me.
9. What’s the fastest time you’ve ever finished reading a book in? (And what was the book?!)
MIME: I know I’ve finished one in a couple of hours, but I can’t remember for the life of me what it was. Hmmm. I know I read Catching Fire in one afternoon, and When the Hipchicks Went to War in one day, but I can’t give an exact amount of hours.
CAIT: I read The Fault In Our Stars in one day flat. And then my life was forever ruined. Thanks a lot, John Green. (This entire answer can be interpreted: Go read The Fault in Our Stars. It is awesome.)
10. (And now for the burning question) Do you think books should be sorted according to colour or title? (This matters.)
MIME: Colour looks awesome. Acutally, I came home from school and discovered Cait had completely taken our two bookshelves apart and colour coordinated them. In my bedroom. Books everywhere. I’ll confess I had a bit of a flip, convinced I’d never know where to find the books I was after, but it’s surprising how memorable the colour of a book’s spine is. Other than that, I’m a series-sorter. I must have my series lined up. Other than that, I don’t particularly care.
CAIT: Flipped out? That’s playing it down. I happen to have an impeccable memory and can tell everyone which colour spine which book is. I’m COLOUR CODED ALL THE WAY!! Unfortunately the realists in our house have reorganised the bookshelves according to…ack, school systems.
Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I’ll love ya! Tomorrow! Um, okay, maybe. But our epic literary game is TOMORROW!! Prizes all round! (There are 3 awesome prizes. Do. Not. Miss. It.)
One more day to enter the giveaway!
And our next interview will be with the fabulous Stephanie Diaz! (This interview is fantastic. Just sayin’.)