Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Iron King Blog Tour: Julie Kagawa Talks the Fey!

To celebrate the UK publication of The Iron King, I asked author Julie Kagawa about her interest in the fey and why she decided to write about them. Here's what she had to say...



Julie Kagawa


Why faeries?

I get this question a lot. Why faeries, and not vampires, werewolves, fallen angels, ect? What made you write about the fey?

Faeries, the real fey, have always fascinated me. And by real fey, I don’t mean the glittery winged Tinkerbelles, or the cute flower fairies of children’s books. I mean the fey of old, the proud, ancient creatures who stole infants and poisoned cattle and led humans off the path to starve in the woods. I mean the fey of the Grimm Brothers faery tales, or the Erlkoing ballad, or even A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Faeries have been largely sanitized by Disney and children’s stories, and it is only recently that they are beginning to make a comeback as what they always were; dangerous, capricious creatures who view humans as either playthings or light snacks.

Another reason faeries are so fascinating is that there are so many of them. Unlike vampires or werewolves, were there is just the one creature, the variety of different fey is staggering. Sidhe and phoukas, goblins and redcaps, trolls and spriggans and bogies and nixies. And every one of them has their own myths, their own legends. Whatever type of creature you need—evil, savage, benevolent, mischievous—there is a faery somewhere that fits that description.

But perhaps the most intriguing part about faeries is that they could be anywhere, right under our noses, and we wouldn’t know. Faery glamour allows them to be invisible to human eyes, unless they want to be seen, of course. Have you ever gotten the sensation that you’re being watched? Or you’ve seen something move out of the corner of your eye, but when you turn around there’s nothing? You might have caught the attention of the fey. In fact, they could be watching you right now, unseen and invisible, waiting for that perfect time to stri—


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7 comments:

LM Preston said...

Loving the covers, and the books!

A.M Bells said...

I love this woman. :)) Because I love faeries and everything about them. ^_^ The Books are brilliant

Kay (Dead Book Darling) said...

I've never been that big a fan of the fae, but Julie makes a great point about how they are hidden under our noses. I do love the idea of a whole other world existing on top of ours!

CeReS said...

The Iron Fey is just awesome. Each book is powerful. I cried a lot in the end of The Iron Queen. Just beautiful.

Anna said...

"But perhaps the most intriguing part about faeries is that they could be anywhere, right under our noses, and we wouldn’t know. " -- Love this. This is why I love her & her books. Such imagination!

girlsinthestacks.com said...

We *heart* Julie! She is awesome. Love her writing and this post.

girlsinthestacks.com said...

We *heart* Julie and her books, her creativity is just awesome. Loved reading this post.