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tear-of-a-phoenix:

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.

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Oh wise Maggie Stiefvater, how I love thee even more with each scroll through your tumblr. I recently discovered The Raven Boys and fell madly in love (I did the audiobook first--the narration is absolutely outstanding!), and I love that book and The Dream Thieves so, so much. I was wondering: can you recommend any books/short stories/movies/pieces of art/anything that will evoke the same feelings as the time when Ronan and the gang go to the barns to bury the night horror?

maggie-stiefvater:

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.

the-world-is-a-corner:

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…

ryan-at-pet-salamander-dot-net:

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

ryan-at-pet-salamander-dot-net:

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

brookeeverdeen:

when you make a hunger games joke/pun