I’ve recently read all three books out so far (Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress) and I’m deeply in love with them. As a Sailor Moon fan girl even more so, because the author, Marissa Meyer, is a popular Sailor Moon fan fiction writer in FF.net before she wrote her own novel. Influences of Sailor Moon is all over the series, which is by the way about a bunch of fairy tale princesses being absolutely awesome at kicking butts who gather together to save the world (sound familiar already?)
If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it! Especially if you love both Sailor Moon and fairy tale princesses. The story is refreshingly great, especially for YA, and sci-fi (which I typically don’t care for). The characters all are different and rounded and you can’t help but love all of them fiercely and hate the antagonists with a passion you’re supposed to feel (normally when I read YA I either hate the heroine or root for the villains/wrong side of the ship).
Here is an excerpt from the author’s FAQ page which I found incredibly amusing:
Why did you choose to set Cinder in futuristic Asia?
The easy answer: it just popped into my head that way. It probably had something to do with my first inspiration for Cinder’s character being Japanese actress Mew Azama, who played Sailor Jupiter in the live-action Sailor Moon show.
[SHE NOT ONLY KNOWS OF PGSM - SHE ACTUALLY LOVES IT!]
That said, it’s actually quite fitting, as some scholars believe that the earliest Cinderella tale came from 9th-century China. Additionally, some believe that the iconic glass slipper (which was gold in the original Grimm version) came to us from China’s tradition of foot-binding and a culture in which women were praised for tiny feet. So having Cinder set in China kind of has a symbolic, cyclical quality to it.
(But really… it was mostly because of Sailor Jupiter.)
The more I look at the story, the more I realize how many parallels there are to Sailor Moon. Here are the connections and influences I have noticed!
SPOILER ALERT: Do not click “Read More” unless you have read the books and/or don’t mind being spoiled for important plot points.
I’ve been looking for a new book to get into. I guess this is it!!
Interesting. I’m not homophobic in the slightest yet I don’t support it. Weird, let’s look at that. Homophobia by definition is the “extreme and irrational aversion to homosexual people.” Now, “aversion” by definition means “a STRONG dislike.” Aversion on it’s own is already strong, but homophobia is EXTREME and IRRATIONAL. Basically a hatred. SO, if you’re informing me that I HATE people simply because I don’t agree with them on some of their personal choices, you’re extremely misguided. That would be the same as saying that I cannot LOVE my own father because he smokes cigarettes, which I don’t support. Does that make sense at all? People are people, regardless of their choices in this life. I don’t hate anyone. I would never hate anyone based on their sexuality. People who do, are homophobic. “Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is, if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.” -Rick Warren