Melina Marchetta is one of my absolute favorite authors. I fell in love with Jellicoe Road back in 2010 and it convinced me to read more contemporary novels. Before that, I mostly read and enjoyed fantasy books. It’s not surprising that The Piper’s Son was included in my best of 2011 list. I love how Melina writes books that can make you feel so much for the characters that you want to go inside the novels to spend time with them. I saw her mention in an interview that she’s a fan of the Queen’s Thief series so I thought I’d ask her to do a guest post. I just about FAINTED when she said YES. She’s currently traveling for research for the next installment in her fantasy trilogy (first two books are Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles) so thank you, Melina, for squeezing in a guest post.
For me, good characterization begins and ends with Eugenides.
As a protagonist he’s taught me a lot. That heroes don’t have to be brave and fearless all the time. That love stories aren’t just between two people who have total trust in each other. That not all fantasy heroes have to spend the whole story in physical battle. Of course, this gives the reader more time to enjoy his verbal sparring with every single person he encounters. He’s one of the smartest fantasy heroes I’ve come across.
I love that Eugenides is a bit of a winger at times and more than anything, I love his relationships, whether with his Queen, his cousin, his father, his enemies, his mentors, his guards. I love that what is kept off the page speaks louder than words. I love that I can read The King of Attolia for the fifth time and find something I’ve never seen before. It’s my comfort read.
Thanks again, Melina! Gen is one of my favorite characters in the series (surprise, surprise) and I have to agree with the reasons that Melina enumerated. Can you give other reasons why Gen is amazing? Who are some of your favorite characters in the series and what makes them stand out for you?