I’m really excited that soon the new year will be upon us and I’ll be able to share PANIC with you. Writing PANIC was both challenging and cathartic for me. It was exciting to return to realism, and to explore a world characterized by the same sense of smallness and enclosure I often railed against as a teenager. It was certainly a departure from dystopia, but that doesn’t mean the stakes in PANIC aren’t high: every player of the game has something they’re fighting for—revenge, money, fame, love—and the players literally put their lives on the line to compete.
On a more serious note: the characters in PANIC deal with some very serious issues. While I don’t want to give ALLLL the spoilers away, I’ve collated a list of articles about some of the real-world problems the teens in PANIC—and teens all over the country—encounter, as well as a quick list of organizations dedicated to making a difference. The holiday season is upon us, so while you reflect on your blessings, take some time to think about all of the people who might be struggling. Please read through these articles—and if you want to support any of the organizations, click through and donate! Remember: ‘tis better to give than receive! (Okay, both are good, but people who do good for other people are scientifically happier than those who don’t!)
Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday,
National Coalition for the Homeless- http://nationalhomeless.org/
This organization is geared towards ALL people experiencing homelessness and attempts to change social policy to aid homeless people.
My Friend’s Place- http://myfriendsplace.org/
This organization is geared towards empowering homeless youth to build a future for themselves.
Do Something. Org is a website run by teenagers with the goal of educating youth about a variety of issues. This is their teen homelessness page, and here is a page of statistics that could be helpful for us: http://www.dosomething.org/actnow/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-homeless-youth
Huffington Post- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/teen-hazing
This source is a collection of articles related to teen hazing, most of them sports related.
Hazing Prevention- http://www.hazingprevention.org/hazing-information/hazing-definitions.html
This organization also sponsors National Hazing Prevention Week (September 23-27) and has webinars, etc about preventing hazing.
Comparing Hazing to Jonestown- http://sigmanublog.com/2010/02/03/dont-drink-the-hazing-kool-aid-lessons-from-jonestown/
An article on a fraternity blog that talks compares hazing to the mass deaths at Jonestown.
Lauren Oliver at Book Expo of America 2013 [x]
Hey guys! Hope you’re all doing well!
I don’t know if anyone knows but April 30th is the day that FOX will watch the Delirium pilot for the first time and make their decision as to whether or not they will pick up the show. I know everyone has tweeted and blogged about the show numerous times, but we need to band together one more time to make sure we get the message across to FOX nice and clear.
@JusutMel on Twitter has put together a nice little campaign which you can read all about right here.
It’s not necessary to change your icons and your names if you absolutely do not want to, but it is important that you tweet @FOXTV with the “PickUpDelirium”. She said not to hastag it, so don’t hashtag it. Or better yet, tweet it with and without a hashtag if you’re confused. Last time us invalids took over Twitter, we got #SpreadTheDeliria to trend in both the Philippines and Mexico.
A list of times can be found here to ensure we all tweet at the same time. Find the correct time for your timezone and set a reminder for yourself. Tuesday April 30th and Wednesday April 31st for those of you who are ahead.
I will see you all in two days!
Dark Days tour was possibly the most fun tour I’ve ever been on. Here’s some evidence.
If you ever wished to see Lauren sing Beyonce, consider that wish granted.
Lauren Oliver, along with authors Veronica Roth, Lissa Price, and Victoria Schwab on the Young Adult Fiction: The Outer Limits panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on April 20, 2013 (X)
It is tempting to view Lauren Oliver’s literary career as working in reverse. Arguably the hottest property in Young Adult fiction right now, Oliver spent her own teenage years reading Henry James and nursing a precocious ambition to compose the great American novel. “I was failing to write these long, depressing books,” says the 29-year-old. “My first novel was about a 35-year-old whose wife dies of cancer and who takes up with a prostitute. It was ridiculous.” These fledgling efforts earned Oliver an agent but little else. “They were roundly rejected by every publisher because they had no plot. I was writing boring books.”
Here are a couple of amazon links where you can purchase the series at relatively cheap prices. There are paperback, hardcover, and kindle editions for all three books. If you live overseas, the kindle editions are a great alternative and they’re all under $5 (with the exception of Requiem). If you don’t have a Kindle, there are add-ons for Chrome and Firefox which allow you to read epubs on your computer.
Imagination is a skill. Like any other skill, it can be strengthened through habit—and conversely, will run to seed if it isn’t exercised, like a butt that gets parked too often on a couch. Actually, butts and imagination have a lot in common: TV and endless web surfing takes a toll on each. It’s so easy, nowadays, to take refuge in worlds that have already been imagined for us—in books, movies, webisodes, cute kitten videos on Youtube. But that means that our own imaginative capacity never gets its workout. Power down the ipads, nooks, kindles, TV, and computers for a day, and feel that crazy, itchy, gotta-do-something-cuz-real-life-is-boring burn. Start daydreaming. Start fantasizing. Think yourself into different characters and different worlds. -Lauren Oliver (x)
Lauren Oliver has written many books and we hope she writes many, many more. (x)