|Ally Condie & a room of mostly teenagers|
But before that embarrassing moment, I learned a couple of things about the Matched series. The idea came to her from a few different experiences. One was talking to her husband about marriage and how the government can set the rules for what makes people married. And she wondered what it would be like if they controlled every aspect of marriage: who, when, etc. She said she wasn't making any political statements, but it's an interesting thought just the same.
The other was a prom she was chaperone-ing when she taught high school. At that school they passed around a list of all the junior girls who hadn't been asked so that the senior guys could take them. That way every girl had a date. And I thought: 1. that's very Utah. 2. my adult mind says that was very nice. 3. I'm pretty sure my teen mind would have rather not gone than had someone ask me based on the idea that every girl should have a date, instead of the idea that I was fun. And I think I can see how both feelings are in the book. (poor Xander)
|I probably shouldn't |
start a photography business.
I love seeing authors talk about their books. And now I have a new author to add to my TBR pile!