Full disclosure: I have not actually read anything by YA fiction author Maggie Stiefvater. However, I was tipped off to her existence earlier this week while reading Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and was instantly charmed. Watch this video, in which Stievfater predicts which mythological creature will usurp the vampire in YA romance popularity:
How funny was that? I love the animation and the cute, lo-fi cards. I also love that, while she is a fantasy writer herself, Stiefvater doesn't seem to be taking the genre too seriously (you know, since it's supposed to be fun). She could have just as easily released a video shoving her own work writing about werewolves and faeries as a vampire alternative in our faces instead of putting together a hilarious piece about The Kraken. (Which, by the way, I totally want to read about now. There is no love more forbidden than the love of a teenage girl and her Kraken.) This Stiefvater character really seems to know her stuff!
It seems that lately, what with the whole Twilight craze and all, YA fantasy has been getting a weird rep. Twilight is so serious, and some of the fans are so crazy, and the author is so sincere, that it's hard not to be put off by the whole thing. That's why someone like Stiefvater is so refreshing, because she can bring some humor and fun back into the YA fantasy world. Also, because so many trailers are so overblown and annoying, it's nice to see this mostly silent one with the pleasant music be just as, if not more, compelling than something flashy like the New Moon trailer.
So yeah, like I disclosed earlier, I haven't read any of Stiefvater's work (except for her blog, which I have been browsing the past few days and think is pretty fun). Now that I can see how funny, smart, and charming she is, though, I might have to pick up a copy of one of her books and see what they're all about. Have any of you read her stuff? What did you think?