Last month, the bookmark kicked off the year with their very first book club autor, Amy Ewing discussing her newest novel The White Rose, which follows the struggles of Violet Lasting after the events in The Jewel. This time around, we welcomed a brand new author to the scene, Fans of the Impossible Life (FOTIL) creator, Kate Scelsa.
The night began with a round of the game that’s becoming viral all over the BookTuber universe, Ship it or Rip it. The attendant who suggested it, a frequent Bookmark customer, customised it so that the characters were either from classic YA, recent adaptations or recent book club picks.
The results are in:
As you can see, there were too little ships and a lot of drowners, it’s a good thing they all live in separate universes! In their defence, I kind of ship Fourven, it seems very plausible to me.
During the discussion and the Q&A round with Kate Scelsa herself via Skype, there was a lot of mixed feelings regarding the written format of the novel, aspect that Scelsa explained that came clear to her during the rewriting process. “It was through the rewriting process when I realised it needed to be Jeremy on first person, Sebby on second person & Mira on third person.” Developing the story in that way was inspired by some of the plays that Sclera’s theatre group have performed, especially when they did The Great Gatsby. She described parts of the play where Jay Gatsby would “tell you a story about some very interesting people” but stating that he himself was not interesting, just the people in the story itself.
Scelsa also stated that although her life experiences are not particularly what inspired the story, the people in her life and her friendships are.
“I’ve had friendships that have felt like these friendships but these events didn’t happen in my life. Real life doesn’t always make sense, if i try to write real stories about the people I based these characters from, it will not have a good narrative. I’ll usually write stories around the feeling of those friendships instead.” – Scelsa on her writing process.
Another twist on the events was the fact that she was interested in the thoughts of the readers regarding the more ambiguous parts of the novel. “Usually readers have better answers to these questions than I do so I’m interested to hear what you have to say,” Said Scelsa when asked about the events at the end of the book.
Did you make it to #BookClupPR this month? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also, don’t forget to join us for next month’s event where Becky Albertalli will be discussing with readers via Skype her YA debut and NY Times best-selling novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The event will take place on Wednesday, march 30th, 6:30 p.m. at The Bookmark. See you there!