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The Book that Made Meg Kassel Want to Write

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Authors write books that readers fall in love with, but before they were authors, writers were readers. Behind every author is a story about a reader who fell in love with a book (or books), and that love transformed them into writers themselves. BEAUTY, by Robin McKinley, is the story of the book that made me want to write. It was an older, out of print book when I first found it in my middle school library and it is a retelling of beauty and the beast. To this day, there isn’t a retelling of that fairy tale that I can say no to. It’s also a theme I visit in one form or another in all of my books when I intend it or not.

 

Back in the eighth grade, I wasn’t thinking about becoming an author, I was just looking for a temporary escape from the misery that is puberty and other struggles that I kept tightly to myself. Here, I was able to slip into a fantasy world with a heroine named “Beauty” who was not terribly different from me. She was socially awkward, had pimples, was unsure where she belonged in the world. And here she was, having a grand adventure, winning the everlasting love of a cursed prince who would die for her. I won’t say the pacing is all that tight. The descriptions are as lush as they are lengthy, the writing style is old fashioned, and utilizes a staggering number of semi-colons, but I checked this book out of the library dozens of times.

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Q&A with Meg Kassel!

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We have MEG KASSEL on the blog today to answer some questions so let’s get started! What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

  1. Dirty Dancing: The scene in the lake where they’re practicing the lift. It’s just SO much chemistry and sexual tension. Everything about the romance in that movie was so well done. The restrained emotions, the long, heavy glances. For me, there hasn’t been a movie that’s pulled off a love story that well since.
  2. The Princess Diaries: I really dig that adorable musician boy she initially blows off, but she sends him a pizza with “sorry” spelled out in M&Ms and he forgives her and comes to her crowning ceremony and oh—her foot pop when he kisses her. Sigh. I love that movie.
  3. While You Were Sleeping: Everything about Bill Pullman in this movie. He’s just so adorable and Sandra Bullock is so cute. I love the scene where she asks him if there’s any reason why she shouldn’t marry his brother and he, unwilling to ruin anyone’s happiness, says “no” and slams out of her building. Also, the scene at the end, when his whole family comes to the toll booth where she works and he gives her a diamond ring instead of a token! You cannot watch that scene without a big silly grin.
  4. Practical Magic: Again with Sandra Bullock. I know. But also Aiden Quinn! Oh yes. My favorite scene is the one where she’s confessing to him (he’s law enforcement) that she killed this bad guy who tried to kill her sister and then they just attack each other. The chemistry is off the charts. Also, the scene in the end, when he comes back and they’re all dreamy walking toward each other with a Stevie Nicks playing in the background.
  5. She’s All That: Say what you will about those 90s teen flicks that feature random choreographed dance sequences, they were pure fun. Plus, I write YA, so these movies are close to my heart. The scene that won this movie for me was the one where Rachel Leigh Cook’s character comes down the stairs transformed into a bombshell with that little red dress and makeup and her hair all done and Freddie Prinze Jr.’s character just stares at her in awe. I love that! It’s exactly how every teenage girl dreams her dream boy would look at her. Heck, it’s how every adult woman would like a guy to look at her.

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