Doug Stanton interviews Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater Talks New Novel ‘The Raven Boys,’ Fast Cars, and YA Fiction

With her blockbuster new novel The Raven Boys racing up the charts, Maggie Stiefvater is poised to be the next big thing in YA publishing. She speaks to Doug Stanton about her love of very fast cars, mythology, and the Bulgarian bagpipes.

DOUG: When you’re not writing novels about “werewolf nookie” and “homicidal faeries,” what are you writing about?

MAGGIE: These days? Dead Welsh kings, helicopters, and rich boys.

Young Adult literature—what is it?

A marketing construct.

And the difference between YA lit and “literary” novels?

[Laughing] This is a short answer, right? If we watch movies, we don’t have that same sense of “adult/young adult.” I love to use the example of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the classic movie that no one feels bad about watching if they are any age.

So why the stigma?

I suspect it has something to do with a long association with the children’s department.

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