'The Dream Thieves' Author Maggie Stiefvater Picks YA's Most Epic Couples
Blue, the heroine of Maggie Stiefvater's "The Raven Boys," is cursed to kill her true love if ever she kisses him--but that doesn't stop her from pursuing the mysterious Gansey. The newly-released sequel, "The Dream Thieves," sees Blue and Gansey only growing dangerously closer. As the creator of such a high-stakes love affair, Stiefvater was the ideal person to pick the most epic YA couples.
Anyone who's read my books knows my definition of "epic" is slightly different from most people's. Here are things I find epic: a perfect cup of tea. Rain in your hair. Cells gently expanding and dividing while you sleep. That said, I will try to formulate a list that reconciles my "epic" with the rest of the world's "epic."
Dying is epic, right? Because in this book, that's what threatens the couple. Mia has a wonderful life--until a car accident kills her family and leaves her comatose. She's lost so much that’s important to her--her mother, her father, her brother--but she still has things to live for: her music and her relationship with Adam. Ultimately, it's her choice to stay or go. To live or die. You will bawl buckets. Also, please make sure to check out the musical kissing sequence.
If dying is epic, surely death is even more so. Keturah is lost and starving in the woods when Death comes for her. A gifted storyteller, Keturah weaves tales for him to delay her demise. Eventually, she realizes that Death is both a lonely "angst puppy" and also a straight-up nice guy--although not the type you'd bring home to your family.
"The Lost Sun" is set in an alternate-history United States steeped in Norse religion: The gods are real--and they're into politics and fashion. Protagonist Soren is a berserker, a mythic sort of warrior who accidentally rips people's heads off when troubled. Astrid is a soothsayer who sees all kinds of troubling things. When the sun god goes missing, they head off on a road trip to find him, bonding along the way. That's epic, people.
I suppose this is cheating: They're best friends, not a couple. But I promise you, it is the most epic friendship ever. Set in World War II, this book is about a girl who gets shot down behind enemy lines and her girl-pilot best friend. Know that this book has twists, and twists on twists. You'll want these two to come out OK.
Diana Wynne Jones is one of my most favorite authors, and this is one of her few titles for older readers--a retelling of the fairy tale "Tam Lin." These fairies aren't winged. They're dangerous and subtle--more demigods than anything else. As Polly falls slowly in love with Tom, she realizes he is in their grip. Oh! Her nickname in the book is Hero--and everyone knows you need a hero for an epic.
Writer, artist, musician Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling and Michael L. Printz Honor award-winning author of The Shiver Trilogy, "The Scorpio Races" and The Raven Cycle. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com and follow her on Twitter @mstiefvater.