The Archived- Victoria Schwab
“Because the only way to truly record a person is not in words, not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory.”
Anonymous asked: i was on your wordpress and came upon the snippets you posted and wanted to ask whether the first one (The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn’t angry, or drunk.) was going to be a book you will actually publish? it just sounds so interesting
Spoilers, sweetie ;)
I. THE NIGHT STARTS HERE / STARS [the ecstasy, the being free, the big black cloud over you and me / and after that, the upwards fall, and were we angels after all?] II. DIAMONDS / JOHNNYSWIM [and in these ashes I’m stronger still / you’ll learn to feel my pain] III. BAD BLOOD / BASTILLE [those are the days that bind us together, forever] IV. THE FEAR / BEN HOWARD [oh, i will become what i deserve] V. MEDICINE / DAUGHTER [you could still be what you want to be, what you said you were] VI. THE WOLVES (ACT I AND II) / BON IVER [what might have been lost / don’t bother me] VII. SILHOUETTES / OF MONSTERS AND MEN [there’s nothing that i’d take back / but it’s hard to say there’s nothing i regret] VIII. ADVENTURES IN SOLITUDE / THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS [less than forget / but more than begun / these adventures in solitude, never done] IX. EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD / LORDE [all for freedom and for pleasure / nothing ever lasts forever / everybody wants to rule the world] X. BARTON HOLLOW / THE CIVIL WARS [i'm a dead man walking here / that's the least of all my fears] XI. CROSS YOUR FINGERS, CRAWLED OUT OF THE SEA / LAURA MARLING [oh, i jumped into my grave and died] XII. WALTZ / THE NAKED AND FAMOUS [i am a fire if you hesitate] XIII. BREATHING UNDERWATER / METRIC [they were right when they said we should never meet our heroes] XIV. THIS ISN’T CONTROL / MS MR [left behind the perfect crime / like a swell, hence subside] XV. ANTICHRIST / THE 1975 [the blood is on your tongue as well as your hands] XVI. WATERSHED / VIENNA TENG [now I will unsettle the ground beneath you / send my waters ashore / creep into your bed / find you in every corner]
Anonymous asked: Wishing you the best of luck with your big move!
Thank you, anon!!!
Anonymous asked: Congrats on the move to Scotland, and on grad school! But are you going to put writing on hold while you're there???
Thank you, anon! And nope, not at all. I have TWO books due during the course of my program, one I’ve mentioned, and the other still a secret.
To be honest, the thing I’m actually most worried about is the time difference! I’ll still be updating my Twitter and sites (in fact, I’m going to try to vlog/blog/photo/record the Scottish Expedition) but I’ll also be 6 hours in the future, and am worried about missing out on US news. You will all just have to keep me informed.
Hey there, lovelies!
The best/worst thing about writing books in multiple worlds is that several times a day I find myself being asked about subsequent books, so I thought I’d make this simple post.
Q: Is there going to be a third ARCHIVED book?
A: See THIS POST.
Q: Is there going to be a VICIOUS sequel?
A: I hope so. I plan on writing one. VICIOUS is capable of standing on its own, but I also have a very clear idea of where it goes next. Plus I miss my motley crew.
Q: Is there going to be a DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC sequel?
A: Yes, I’m working on it right now.
Ooh, shiny! Check out the ARCs for V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic.
Anonymous asked: would you ever put out a merch store for your books? Things like t-shirts, mugs, or bookmarks?
I’ve never really considered it, to be honest. In part because I just haven’t had TIME, and have to prioritize the writing. That said, I think it would be really FUN, I’m just not sure the demand would justify the energy right now <3
It’s a ghostly story of suspense involving a young dancer and a girls’ juvenile detention center—just think of it as “Orange Is the New Black Swan.” We can’t wait!
This is GORGEOUS.
madicesooooon asked: The Archived Series changes the way I look at all doors and dimly lit libraries. My life is so much more fun now. As a "struggling" writer at the age of 14, the world looks down upon young writers and states that we are much too inexperienced to write about the angst that the characters in our stories may go through. But I wanted to personally, well not personally the fact that we are on tumblr, but THANK YOU for showing me that writing can come from anyone really. Jesus, this was cheesy.
I’m so very glad it made an impact, lovely. And don’t let anyone tell you you’re not qualified to write what you’re writing. I think teenagers feel things even more profoundly than their adult counterparts, and while growth and practice are vital, if young writers find the discipline to put those emotions into words, and to make those words the best they can, that’s something that should never be diminished.
Anonymous asked: The fact that there is going to be a third book in the Archived series (at some point in the future) makes my life worth living. This series is DEFINITELY one of my favourties that I've ever read. The ideas and the way the story twists and turns is unbelievable. I don't care if the third book were to come out in like 5 years as long as I know there is a third book coming out at some point I am happy. Thank you for writing amazing novels and creating amazing worlds. <3
Thank you so much, anon. I can’t tell you what this means. Early on in my decision to do the third book, I struggled with the idea of it potentially not being released by Disney and thus not looking like the other two, and somehow being less. I worried that my readers wouldn’t want it if it meant obtaining it in a different form. But the response from readers has been overwhelming <3 So thank you. And as ever, be patient with me. It will come.
Anonymous asked: What was your major in college?
I changed my major six times (I started in Astrophysics, changed to Japanese culture, then Set Design, English, Art History) and ended up getting a degree in Communication Design. I wanted to change (back) to English but I was a second semester senior and my parents told me I needed to graduate. I also got a minor in Creative Writing
I spent my undergraduate life taking classes in every program I could, and while it led to a rather unfocused path, the thing I learned was that I was more interested in the stories, the narrative, behind the courses, than the degree. I guess I was always on the road to being a storyteller.