Whew, we’re back again. This isn’t exactly about the Lynburn Legacy, but this is something I really love relating to it: the author and the fandom. Sarah Rees Brennan is fabulous on twitter and you should follow her. Her tweets range from livetweeting of television shows to spot-on commentary about feminism to enjoyment of her readers’ pain to general hilarity. Her Livejournal and Tumblr are equally amazing. Sarah Rees Brennan has written several long posts about what she wanted to do with her books and why she made the writing choices she did and I always find them very intriguing to read. Her love for playing with and subverting tropes makes her books great. She really cares about representation in books, and makes an effort to include it in her work and to talk about its importance and promote other diverse works when she can. She’s generally willing to interact with her fans, answer questions, and retweet their pain and laugh evilly. She’s the reason for the teardrops on our collective guitars, and she knows it. I have so much admiration for Sarah Rees Brennan as an author and as a person. She’s written other books, about demons and sibling love and friendship and vampire jokes and magic schools and misandrist elves, and all of them are amazing. I’m very happy to have her books in my life, and I’m looking forward to what she does next.
And in addition the the fact that she’ll respond back to your pain with pure laughter and excitement, or the way that she treats you like a friend, I simply love the fact that I actually met people through The Lynburn Legacy, including Sarah herself. You see, there was a little thing called #LynburnRead (Or #JaredHasAFineAss if you ask others) where we counted down the days to Unmade with twitter chats and rereads of the first two Lynburn Legacy books.
Through that little read along a small group of girls wound up meeting and talking and becoming friends. Through that read along, this blog was born, Polina and I met through that chat (which is why our blog is called Sorcery in the Bookshelves. Sorcery-In-The-Vale anyone?) (Polina would like to comment that she did not actually realize this until just now, and that she will be over in that corner facepalming at herself). That read-along lead to the kick off of #YAReadAlong. We had so much fun that we just didn’t want to stop chatting about books that we all loved.
Now, I know this is short and sappy and isn’t exactly about Lynburn Legacy, but for me, at least, it’s one of the reasons that this book will always hold a special place in my heart. Because it’s not just an amazing series with characters that I love – even though it absolutely is that too. It’s a series that spawned some great times together, and some amazing friendships.