10 Things I Hate About You
How To Lose A Guy in Ten Days
13 Going on 30
When Harry Met Sally
Oh, wow! Apparently, I like romantic comedies with a number in the title. Who knew?
Describe your favorite scene from each one!
10 Things I Hate About You: Patrick (Heath Ledger) serenades Kat (Julia Stiles) with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” in the football stadium, accompanied by the marching band. Absolutely adorable and hilarious!
How To Lose A Guy in Ten Days: After the hilarious hijinks of the rest of the movie, Benjamin (Matthew McConaughey) and Andie (Kate Hudson) drop all their tricks and have a moment of genuine connection in this shower scene. The acting here is suburb, and the emotion is sweet and aching.
Love Actually: After Aurelia (Lúcia Moniz) accidentally sends Jamie’s (Colin Firth) manuscript into the lake, the two go swimming to rescue the papers. This is such a cute and funny scene, where their language barrier reveals how in sync they are.
13 Going on 30: After thirteen-year-old Jenna (Jennifer Garner) wakes up in a thirty-year-old body, she goes to find her best friend, Matty (Mark Ruffalo) – only to find that they haven’t spoken in years and are no longer part of each other’s lives. Despite the humor in this scene, the emotion on Matty’s part is so poignant about what was and no longer is.
When Harry Met Sally: Surprise! It’s not the famous delicatessen scene! Harry (Billy Crystal) rushes to find Sally (Meg Ryan) moments before New Year’s to declare his love for her. This scene is touching and heartfelt and utterly genuine. Sigh.
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
I didn’t, actually! It’s funny because all the movies I’ve listed above are light and humorous, while the books I write tend to be action-packed and suspenseful. What the movies and my books have in common, however, is that they are both extremely heartfelt. So even though I wasn’t actually inspired from any of these scenes during the writing of SEIZE TODAY, I think it’s a brilliant idea. You’ve given me a great strategy to use for future novels!
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. The first time I read this book, I didn’t like it. The second time I read it, I thought it was enjoyable. By the third time I read this story, it had become my favorite book. I’ve reread this book at least a dozen times, and it gets better upon each read!
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. This book literally changed my life. Before reading it, I was hopping from genre to genre in my writing, trying to find the right fit for my voice. The moment I started reading THG, however, I knew I had found my home in the young adult genre. What’s more, I consider THG to be the perfect book in terms of structure and craft.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling. If I could say all seven HP books and have them count as one, I would. But if I can’t, this is my favorite Harry Potter book! This world is just so amazing and magical and detailed and transporting. I need to have it in my life.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Is that cheating? I do own this book! (If I had to pick one play, however, I would choose A Mid-summer’s Night Dream, as it is my favorites). I fell in love with Shakespeare in college, and I’ve always believed that if I were deserted on an island, and I could have only one book, it would be this one. The writing is so complex and nuanced, I believe I would get something different and new with each re-reading.
The Host, by Stephenie Meyer. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I stumbled into it completely by accident. I was at the airport and needed something to read. After three circuits around the concourse, I could not find a single YA book (my genre of choice). The Host is not a YA novel, but since it was written by Stephenie Meyer of Twilight fame, I figured it would do for a couple hours of light entertainment. Boy, was I taken by surprise. I was hooked from the very first page and powered through 800 pages in the next 24 hours. I started crying on page 200 and didn’t stop for 600 pages. This is exactly the kind of book that I aim to write — a story with a super cool world and a lot of heart.
Who are your book boyfriends? What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?
Gilbert Blythe from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Oh, Gilbert. He was my very first book boyfriend, and my ten-year-old self thought he was positively dreamy. I loved how he had to cover his affections for Anne by teasing her. My hero, Ryder, also has to hide his attraction to Olivia. Not only is she the daughter of his sworn enemy, Chairwoman Dresden, but he is fated to kill her in three weeks’ time.
Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. So arrogant, so prideful! Darcy thinks he’s above something as common as physical attraction, but a pair of intelligent eyes steals his heart. Ryder does not have the same pride as Darcy, but it is not just Olivia’s looks, but also her strength and her determination to do the right thing that make him fall in love with her.
Peeta, from Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games. Always steady, always constant, always loyal, I fell in love with this baker the moment he appeared on the page. Ryder displays these same qualities in his relationship with his best friend, Jessa — until she betrays him. His deep-seated issues with trust stem from his childhood, when his parents abandoned him in order to save his brother. In fact, this is the feeling over which Ryder and Olivia bond. They both feel like they’ve never been first in anyone’s life — until they find each other, that is.
Park, from Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park. I find Park absolutely adorable. He not only accepts but also appreciates Eleanor’s quirkiness, and the things he does for her are genuinely sweet and kind. I think, too, that it takes a rare person to appreciate Olivia. She is the only true precognitive of her time, which means that she doesn’t see only one future for each person. Rather, she sees them all — every single pathway their futures might take, flickering before her eyes. This ability had led to an extremely isolated life. Ryder can see through the strangeness of her situation and connects with her loneliness and her desire to be loved.
Malone, from Kristan Higgins’s Catch of the Day. Malone is the quintessential strong, silent type, and he is the perfect complement to Maggie’s incessant chatter. Ryder is not either reticent or talkative, but he is exactly the person that Olivia needs to show her that she is not only lovable, but also loved. I adore this about him.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):
What was the first romance novel you read?
Oh, my goodness, I have no idea. I read a lot of Harlequins in high school, but I couldn’t begin to tell you what the titles were.
The first romance novel I remember reading, however, is Montana Sky, by Nora Roberts. I was in college and supposed to be studying for finals. Instead, I picked up this novel at the bookstore and read that instead!
What do you remember about it?
That wide, sweeping Montana sky, and the three love stories involving the three daughters on the ranch.
What did you like most about it?
Can I say everything? I loved that there was suspense — this was definitely the first romantic suspense I had ever read, in addition to being the first romance I remember. I loved that there were three couples. I loved the romance itself. I loved the characters. I completely devoured this book, and it was such a welcome respite amidst the stress of finals.
What did you like least about it?
Nothing. At the time — 20 years ago! — I loved it all.
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?
I haven’t, but now that I’m talking about it, I want to! I think I loaned out my copy long ago, so I’ll just have to buy another one!
Darcy or Wentworth? Darcy
Christian or Gideon? Gideon
Rochester or Heathcliff? Heathcliff
Spock or Kirk? Kirk
Sunrise or sunset? Sunset
Angst or humor? Humor
Tea or coffee? Tea
Wine or beer? Wine
Cake or pie? Cake
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven? Scruff
Blue-collar or white collar? White collar
Jeans or a suit? Jeans
Car or motorcycle? Car
About the Author:
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Pintip’s novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. It is also a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, the MASL Truman Award, and the Tome Society It list. In addition, THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, SEIZE TODAY, and GIRL ON THE VERGE.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.
About the Book:
Conclusion to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning series, Forget Tomorrow.
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Dresden is a precognitive. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can see the way for everyone to be their best self-if only they would make the right decisions. No one is more conflicted than her mother, and Olivia can only watch as Chairwoman Dresden chooses the dark, destructive course every time. Yet Olivia remains fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.
But when the chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, the striking and strong-willed boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia sees a vision of her own imminent death…at Ryder’s hand. Despite her bleak fate, she rescues Ryder and flees with him, drawing her mother’s fury and sparking a romance as doomed as Olivia herself. As the full extent of Chairwoman Dresden’s gruesome plan is revealed, Olivia must find the courage to live in the present-and stop her mother before she destroys the world.