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I’d say there are five books that provided an important inspiration for my writing of The Way We Fall. And since The Way We Fall officially hits bookstores in five weeks, it seems like a good time to share those books with you, one each week before the release date, to give you an idea of how my book came to be.

The first: The Stand by Stephen King.

You can tell how key The Stand was as inspiration, because I mention it in the very first post I made about the idea that would become The Way We Fall. I first read The Stand way back when I was 13 years old, shortly before the miniseries came out — because even at that age, I knew I wanted to experience the book before the filmed version. I remember starting it late in the evening, and not being able to put it down until well after when I’d usually have gone to sleep, when I got to the end of the first section, after the deadly flu has wiped out the majority of the world’s population.

Later that night, I jolted awake in a cold sweat with my heart racing, as if I’d just broken out of a terrifying nightmare. But I couldn’t remember a single thing about what I’d been dreaming. It’s the only time in my life I’ve woken up that scared, and the only time in my life a nightmare has scared me without me being able to remember it. But I have no doubt it had to do with what I’d been reading. The idea of catching a deadly disease has been one of the most frightening things I can imagine since I was a kid, mainly because it’s one of the few scary ideas you come across that is actually quite plausible (more more present than monsters or dark magic or even realistic but distant problems like war).

I still think of The Stand almost every time I notice someone who’s sick, and every time I get a cold myself. Reading it helped me realize many years later just how emotionally affected I am by the thought of an epidemic or plague. And it was because I realized just how deeply I’m affected by those concepts that I decided I needed to write a book about them.

(My other association with The Stand is rather less serious. My dad read it a few years before me, when I was ten or so. Seeing the cover, I asked him what the book was about, and he — in his usual teasing way — informed me that it was about a battle over a vegetable stand, the carrots and peas at war. I knew he was pulling my leg, but I can’t help thinking of his comment every time I think of the book.)

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Originally published at another world, not quite ours - Megan Crewe's blog. You can comment here or there.

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baristababe
Dec. 19th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Even though I was a huge King fan as a teen, I managed never to read this one. Odd, since I also went through a brief epidemic (both real and fiction: The Hot Zone, Andromeda Strain, and so forth) phase around the same time.

I read my very first YA novel a week or two ago since, well, since I was a YA myself. It was the Hunger Games, primarily because the movie trailer caught my eye (and I'd had numerous people badger me to read it). When I finished, and realized I loved it, I immediately thought of you. I confess, perhaps, that I've been too quick to dismiss YA fiction as an adult. And I'm now looking forward to finding The Way We Fall on the bookshelves! :)
megancrewe
Dec. 21st, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you've come around on YA books! There's a lot of not-so-great YA out there, but there's lots of not-so-great adult fiction too. I find I prefer a great YA to a great adult book, simply because YA seems to be better at getting to the heart of the story, whereas adult fiction has a much larger tendency to meander around. :)
baristababe
Dec. 23rd, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
Yes! I'm the slowest reader . . . ever. And once upon a time, before graduate school, I had the attention span and time to read often and consistently. Not so much anymore. Being able to read something like the Hunger Games in a single day was . . . awesome. I miss reading fiction so, so desperately, and introducing some YA into my bookshelves might help me alleviate some of that, since I can squeeze them in easier! I'm always hesitant to start most books, because I know I'll wind up distracted and forgetting what I read . . .
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My Books


Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014


The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013


The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014


Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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