Um. We shall see how that goes.
Anyway, what I thought I'd do is make a list of some of the things that inspired The Peculiar, whether they be books or art or awfully tragic music.
So. First of all was this:
|That says The Lord of the Rings in really teeny type. Just... so you know.|
Next came this:
Amelia Bedelia. We're slightly backwards people is all I can say. But WHATEVER. I love these books. Almost as much as Dr. Suess. And Greenwillow publishes them. Like, the same Greenwillow who is publishing my book. Like, how amazing is that. I did not know this until very recently, and it kind of made my day. But I digress. This series is hilarious and clever, and probably what made me like puns and double meanings so much. "Draw the drapes, Amelia." Ahaaaaa. Cracks me up.
After those came this, this, and this:
The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddle. Kinda steampunk-ish, kinda pirate adventure, really original, and has lots of MONSTERS, so obviously it's amazing.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. The prose is perfect. The atmosphere is perfect. The fairies are sinister and decidedly not-Tinkerbellish, which was a new and interesting concept to me at the time. One of my favourite books ever.
Larklight by Philip Reeve. Victorians in outer space. 'Nuff said.
And, because David Wyatt's illustrations for it are too funny:
The Captain's all like, "UH, NO SHE DID-UN'T just push Queen Victoria violently." *draws sword and stabitty-stab-stabs*
While I was actually, ya know, writing the book, some inspiring things were these.
The original clockwork bird sculpture that I thought was so cool it had to be a part of the plot, and, a lonnnng time later The Peculiar's glorious cover art. I blogged about all that before here, so all I'll do now is show a picture of the original bird in all its clockwork goodness.
And music. It took me a while to figure out I write pretty horribly with music running (because my brain explodes) but a few years ago I was still convinced it might be good for something. I listened to this song - from Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride soundtrack - pretty much non-stop while writing a certain scene where Bartholomew Kettle has a creepily disturbing run-in with a creepily disturbing faery.
Things get creepily disturbing around the two minute point. I love how there's bell, almost like an old fire-engine bell, that makes the music literally an emergency. And the rhythm when the french horn comes in at 2:58? ARG! So good.
Further music would be the Atonement soundtrack. Below is a track I listened to obsessively while road-tripping in the US and writing a scene wherein two ugly little changeling siblings wonder about things. I think we can all agree that cellos are just generally amazing, but the counterpoint, and the themes, and the way Dario Marinelli spins them together is GENIUS. I've listened to this track a million times and I'm still not sick of it.
Annnnnd... that's all I can think of. For today. :)
Ok, now back to school.