Rummanah Aasi
  Today marks the end of the Cornucopia of Dystopia blog tour. I hope you had a blast joining us in this fabulous blog tour. I'd like to thank both Casey at The Bookish Type and Danya at A Tapestery of Words for including me in this tour. In celebration of our last day of the tour, we are featuring an author interview scavenger hunt with Delirium author, Lauren Oliver.  The interview will be spread across eight blogs, each linking to the next in the chain. Be sure to follow the link trail to see the interview in its entirety! To make things even more exciting, I am also hosting an international giveaway. Please read below for more details!

My question for Lauren is: I was very interested to read how the teens in your novel interpreted Romeo and Juliet as a horror story. It is generally taught in high school as a tragic love story; however, after rereading it with an adult lens I'm not quite so sure that the play was meant to be a love story, but rather an allegory of the collateral damage that is caused by one trying to attain power. Romeo and Juliet are impulsive, passionate, and the very embodiment of youth and innocence who are essentially killed by their feuding parents over power. How do you interpret the play in terms of the context of your series?

Lauren's answer: Romeo and Juliet are characters denied a natural progression of their feelings because they are not treated as people, but as pawns (by their families, because of the feud, etc). I think it is a story about love, but not a sophisticated kind of love-it's the early stages of love as idealization, and to some extent, that is even what Lena and Alex feel for each other, which is why their situation is so desperate. I think the most amazing, incredible thing about love, and why it should be valued, is actually the love that you nurture and eke out and preserve over time-through hardship, resentment, jealousy, even hatred-but that requires time. Rome and Juliet are victims even before they die, because they are deprived of the only thing that one ultimately needs in life: time to see it through.  

The next stop in the scavenger hunt is Midnight Blood Reads

INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY is now closed and the winners have been selected.
19 Responses
  1. It was a great tour lady! Happy late blogoversary!
    I'd love to have XVI and Possession!

    Ashley @ The Bookish Brunette

  2. Alden Says:

    I have enjoyed your reviews and would love to have just about any of these books. Please count me in!

    Alden Ash [alden(dot)ash(at)gmail(dot)com]

  3. Excellent question, and I love her answer. Delirium is such an amazing book...can't wait for the sequel. And thanks for the giveaway!

  4. JessiM Says:

    Great question and such an interesting answer! Thanks for asking it! I can't wait to read this one.


  5. Vivien Says:

    I had such a great time. This was the best event ever!! lol :)

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  6. Jenny Says:

    What a fabulous question and such an insightful answer! I'm having fun reading everyone's questions to see what we all most wanted to know about the story and Lauren:)

  7. Glad everyone loved the tour!

    Jenny: I loved reading everyone's question and Lauren's response too. I loved we all seem to have the same theme to our question without conferring with one and another. I was afraid we repeat the same question over and over again. :)

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Really excited for this! Alyssa:

  9. I like how Lauren says that this is about the early stages of love. Good to differentiate early love and sophisticated love.

    Also, I've read Vampire Knight up to vol. 11. Is 12 out yet? I think the series is getting rather silly but I'm still interested. Now that I'm done posting Fruits Basket on my blog, I'm going to have Vampire Knight for the next month or so.

  10. Oh...forgot my email.
    alisoncanread at gmail dot com

  11. Unknown Says:

    Belated Happy Blogoversary! What a lovely interview. I think Lauren Oliver's books are amazing and I can't wait to read Pandemonium next year.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'm really interested in Wither and Divergent.

    sauvadeavelle @

  12. Ellie Says:

    Great question - and a great giveaway! Count me in!



  13. Daisy Says:

    Happy blogoversary! Love the question! I feel like I should go read Romeo and Juliet now (and a bit ashamed that I haven't yet..).
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)


  14. Great question. The answer certainly makes me look at the book in a different light.

    Great giveaway too! Bumped is at the top of my to-read list.

  15. vivien Says:

    Happy blogoversary!

  16. Happy blogoversary! Great question you asked btw!

    Nia @ Your Average Bookworms

  17. mendy Says:

    I love dystopian. Great tour and giveaway!

  18. I loved the Cornucopia of Dystopia! I'm fairly new to the book blogging world and this has been an awesome introuduction!


  19. So may excellent books to chose from!!!!

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