It takes a lot of skill to build a love story, so intense and slowburning, without a kissing scene. It takes even more skill to make the stereotypical ‘fated love’ storyline interesting and original. Good job, Maggie Stiefvater, i’m very impressed.
Here is a confession about the Barns:
No, let me back up.
I started writing The Dream Thieves back when I was 19 — I know I told everyone I began writing The Raven Boys when I was 19, but really, it was it was DT, Ronan’s story. It was only later that I realized I needed to begin with The Raven Boys. Like Ronan, I had (have) recurring dreams and visceral nightmares, but unlike Ronan, I found out that if I wrote them down, I wouldn’t have them again.
I used to go to the Barns in my dreams — nearly every night — and it was precisely as it appears in The Dream Thieves and the later books in the series. Everything Ronan feels about the Barns is how I felt about it.
When it came time to give the Lynch family a kingdom of their own, I knew I was going to give them the Barns, but I also knew that to write it down was to exorcise it from my dreams. Nightmares and dreams really work the same way — the only difference is that you’re afraid of one.
And I was right. I’ve not been back to the Barns since I first wrote it down. Well, not when I’m sleeping, anyway. I guess what I’m trying to say is that every time a reader is pleased to visit the Barns, it makes me feel better about my decision to give it away. So thanks for that.
Here is the music I listen to while writing the Barns:
“She Is Like the Swallow" - Lucia Micarelli
“Through Your Bones" - Lost Lander
“Da Pacem Domine" - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
“Exile" - Enya
“Taimse Im’ Chodladh" - Planxty
If anyone has any other suggestions for the OP, please let me/ them know!
Anyway, here is my confession about the Barns: I miss it, even though there were almost always monsters in the shadows.
In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.
They would argue about so much shit. Can you imagine them bickering about who gets to choose the radio station. Leaning against the car with a map spread out between them trying to plane routes. Stopping to eat at road-side dinners…
My geography teacher switched to this slide in the middle of class and decided to play I Write Sins and I swear to god I had a heart attack
when you make a hunger games joke/pun