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A Guide to Lunar Chronicles Character Traits

Posted on: 31st Jul 2014  /   Categorized: Cinder

I’ve been getting lots of questions lately about what my characters look like—even down to specifics, like how tall they are. For ease of use and to encourage all ye fanartists (and maybe inspire some of you for the Design a Sticker contest!), here are the character profiles that have been living in my Lunar Chronicles folder for many years.

 

If you notice anything that does not fit with what is written in the books, and you can point to a specific passage that contradicts what I have here, please feel free to mention it in the comments. Some times things change during writing, and it’s been a long time since I compared these profiles to the books.

 

If you would like to see inspiration photos that I’ve used, check out my Lunar Chronicles Pinterest Board here: http://www.pinterest.com/marissameyer22/the-lunar-chronicles

 

 

***PROFILES INCLUDE SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST THREE BOOKS ***

 

 

CINDER (LINH CINDER)

Birth date/place: Luna; December 21, 109 T.E., Sagittarius

Age: 16

Race: Lunar (mixed ethnicity—Asian/Caucasian?, tan skin, even more tan from walking everywhere)

Eye color: brown

Hair color/style: straight, fine, brunette, just below shoulders; often wears messy ponytails

Build: 5’8”, slender, few curves, almost boyish

Glamour: similar to Channary’s, breathtaking, she’s tempted to hide her cyborg parts but tries to fight it

Style of dress: comfortable and utilitarian

First book: cargo pants, T-shirts, dirty gloves, boots, messenger bag, occasional tool belt

Ball: Peony’s silver dress, Pearl’s white velvet boots that lace over the ankles, stained white silk gloves with seed pearls on hem that Kai gave her Prison: White cotton jumpsuit, bulky and loose, no shoes

Gloves: Cinder wears gloves exclusively for first book, usu. work gloves, but also thinner cotton gloves when not working. Kai gives her above-the-elbow white silk gloves with seed pearls on the hem for the ball

 

Cyborg characteristics: “Her control panel, her synthetic hand and leg, wires that trailed from the base of her skull all the way down her spine and out to her prosthetic limbs. The scar tissue where flesh met metal. A small dark square in her wrist—her ID chip, the metal vertebrae along her spine, or the four metal ribs, or the synthetic tissue around her heart (two chambers made primarily of silicon mixed with bio tissue), or the metal splints along the bones in her right leg. Ratio: 36.28%.”

 

Has a latch in the back of her head that opens, revealing control panel beside brain (no brain tissue can be seen behind it).

 

Can’t blush because it keeps her from overheating, but she can sweat. Can’t cry because tear ducts replaced with prosthetic eyes.

 

Prostheses: steel in first book. Left leg to mid-thigh (calf includes hollow compartment), left ankle attached via screws and red and yellow (and multicolored) wires; left hand to wrist.

 

New limbs (beginning at end of book one): new hand and foot. Plated with 100% titanium, fingers include: flashlight, stiletto knife, projectile gun, screwdriver, universal connector cable. Twelve tranquilizer darts are stored in palm.

 

Mannerisms: She has a nervous tick of fiddling with the hems of her gloves to make sure her metal hand is always covered. She also has a bad habit of pushing her hair out of her face when her hands are filthy, leaving grease stains on her forehead. She is ambidextrous. Often twirling tools in her fingers. Bites insides of cheek.

 

 

 

KAI (KAITO, CROWN PRINCE OF THE EASTERN COMMONWEALTH)

Birth date/place: New Beijing, Eastern Commonwealth; 7 April 108 T.E.; Aries

Age: 18

Race: Earthen/Asian

Eye color: copper-brown

Hair color/style: shaggy, straight black hair worn past ears, slicked back for formal occasions

Build: 5’11”, slender/borderline lanky

Style of dress: Suits and dress-shirts, although would rather be in jeans and Ts. Probably has a stylist telling him what to wear. For formal occasions, traditional mandarin-style silk shirts with fine embroidery and embellishments. Gray-hooded sweatshirt (incognito).

Physical characteristics: Handsome with angled, sharp facial features and “admirable” lips, smells faintly of soap

Mannerisms: Scratches at neck and ear when tongue-tied; ears turn red first when he blushes; quick to smile (looks for the humor in everything); yanks hand through hair when overwhelmed. Hands in pockets.

 

 

 

SCARLET BENOIT

Birth date/place: Rieux, France, European Federation, 17 August 108 T.E., Leo

Age: 18

Race: Caucasian

Eye color: big brown eyes

Hair color/style: curly/unruly ginger-red hair to mid-back

Build: 5’6”, curvy

Style of dress: jeans and a red hoodie that her grandma gave her, clashes with her hair which is part of the reason why she likes it.

Characteristics: full lips, lots of freckles

Mannerisms: tries to make herself look bigger/stronger with folded arms, wide-leg stances, etc. Frank and abrupt, has a tendency to act first and think later.

 

 

 

 

WOLF (ZE’EV KESLEY)

Birth date/place: Luna, Nov. 4, 102 T.E., Scorpio

Age: 23

Race: Lunar (olive-toned skin—think Middle Eastern)

Eye color: strikingly bright green, thick eyelashes

Hair color/style: messy brown hair that tends to spike in all directions, refuses to be tamed

Build: 6’4”, super muscular

Style of dress: loose gray pants (almost like sweats), plain t-shirts or tanks, barefoot whenever possible, otherwise comfortable leather boots [wears military uniform when not “undercover”]

Other characteristics: tattoo “LSOP962″ on left forearm; sharp canine teeth; covered in scars and wounds, some recent, some faded, including a bad gouge on his left arm from wrist to elbow, and more on his left temple and lips.

Mannerisms: protective stance, tense shoulders like he’s always ready to fight, often flexing fingers and making fists, snarling, trouble holding eye contact, shy around people, high metabolism, fidgety and constantly pacing, always hungry

 

 

CRESS (short for CRESCENT MOON)

Birth date/place: Luna, July 18, 110 T.E., Cancer

Age: 16

Race: Lunar (pale skin, Caucasian)

Eye color: bright blue

Hair color/style: honey blonde, insanely long at start of novel: “longest, waviest, most unruly mess of tangled blonde hair imaginable. The golden nest around her head was tied in a big knot over one shoulder, and cascaded in a jumble of braids and snarls, wrapping around one of the girl’s arms before descending out of the screen’s view.” Later cut above shoulders with a knife, so very ragged/blunt throughout Book Three.

Build: 5’0”, petite and slender

Face: sweet, heart-shaped with freckles across nose and cheeks, dimples, giddy smile

Style of dress: worn day dresses in satellite, no shoes (while on satellite)

Mannerisms: Always fidgeting with hair, toys and sucks on it, wraps it around wrists (when long). Tries to make herself smaller/invisible. Would sooner hide than fight. Flighty and nervous around people. Draws strength from overactive imagination.

 

 

 

 

THORNE (“CAPTAIN” CARSWELL THORNE)

Birth date/place: American Republic, May 22, 106 T.E., Gemini

Age: 20

Race: Earthen (Caucasian)

Eye color: blue

Hair color/style: short brown hair, usually with product (always wants to look his best), clean-shaven (after free from prison at least)

Build: 6’0”, broad-shouldered and strong, but not as muscular as Wolf

Style of dress: well-dressed, button-up dress-shirts with rolled sleeves or slim-fitting sweaters, vests, loves his leather jacket, prefers the “dressy” military uniforms to the utilitarian ones.

Mannerisms: checking that his hair is okay, admiring every woman he sees, whistling, making light of the situation. Cocky swagger. Flirtation smiles and raised eyebrows. Still labeled a “cadet” in military (though deserter), but insists on being called Captain.

 

 

 

 

PRINCESS WINTER HAYLE-BLACKBURN

Birth date/place: Luna, 3 January 109 T.E., Capricorn

Age: 17

Race: Lunar (black)

Eye color: golden-brown with flecks of gray around the pupils

Hair color/style: black, tight corkscrew curls, just below shoulder-length, very thick

Build: 5’9”, slender but with enviable curves, extremely graceful limbs, long neck

Face: high cheekbones, full red lips, delicate nose, ridiculously long eyelashes—the kind of face that is difficult to look away from; three scars on her right cheek, like teardrops from the corner of her eye to her chin; known as the most beautiful girl on Luna

Style of dress: sophisticated and conservative, both flowy skirts and pants but always feminine, likes to wear pastels and light colors, silvers, gauzy fabrics, etc.

Mannerisms: gentle and graceful, but crazy, whimsical voice and flighty gestures, almost skips when she walks, has a tendency to wander off, comfortable around people (except Lunar aristocracy) but has a habit of getting into their personal space and making them uncomfortable. Playful.

 

 

 

 

JACIN CLAY: royal guard; personal guard and pilot for Sybil.

Birth date/place: Luna, 8 July 107 T.E., Cancer

Age: 19

Race: Lunar (Caucasian)

Eye color: blue-gray

Hair color/style: blonde-white hair that falls in straight locks passed his chin, sometimes pulls into a ponytail

Build: 6’2”, muscular, graceful from combat training

Style of dress: official uniform of Lunar guards

Mannerisms: rigid, tense posture; confident and capable—rarely second guesses himself; makes few hand gestures—always trying to go unnoticed; usually quiet but harsh when he does talk; abrasive personality; will do anything to protect the ones he truly cares about

87 Comments

  1. Briana B. commented on:

    Hey! Cress is born one day (though quite a number of years) after me! For some reason, it’s always comforting to me to know how tall characters are.

  2. Alicia commented on:

    Isn’t Scarlet’s eyes supposed to be green? And Winter’s last name is Blackburn! After the first Lunar!

  3. Alicia commented on:

    Oh wait, I just realized that Winter would be related to the first lunar…

  4. Marissa commented on:

    No, Scarlet’s eyes are brown – but Wolf’s are green.

    Winter is only related to the first Lunar, Cyprus Blackburn, through marriage. (More on that to be revealed in Fairest!)

  5. Amber commented on:

    Just wondering, are these the extent of your character profiles? I’ve seen ones that seem never ending and yours are refreshingly short and to the point. Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. Marissa commented on:

    In my complete profiles I also include things like character motivations, strengths and weaknesses, and backstory – but much of that info contains spoilers.

  7. Your Name commented on:

    This is so helpful! I wish more authors did this! Also what do you think of the character bio pics on the Lunar Chronicles wiki?

  8. Emily commented on:

    I love all these details! :)

    Based on his birthday, wouldn’t Jacin be a Cancer?

  9. Christianna commented on:

    Oooooh, I’m so excited for Winter. You’re an amazing Author Meyer!

  10. Your Name commented on:

    Wow this is great! I’m totally going to enter the sticker contest!

  11. Your Name commented on:

    I wasn’t expecting a black Snow White, but I like the twist! Thanks for posting these!

  12. Cookie commented on:

    scarlet’s birthday is 3 days before mine :(

  13. A commented on:

    For some reason I thought that Wolf was younger than Scarlet because at the end of The Queen’s Army he was 17, right? So there was a six year difference between the ending of The Queen’s Army and the beginning of Scarlet–am I totally confusing myself with the timelines?

  14. Sorcaron commented on:

    According to CRESS, Ch 37, Cress’s height should be no more than 153.48cm (unless Dr. Erland’s DNA test is incorrect). This converts to 5′ 2/5″, which should round down to 5’0″

    I bring this up because people on tumblr have converted 5’1″ to 155cm, which is indeed correct; however, this does not match the information given in the books. It’s a small difference, but there is a rounding error somewhere.

  15. Marissa commented on:

    I LOVE the character pics on the TLC wiki! That artist is so amazingly talented!

    Thank you for catching those details, Emily and Sorcaron! I changed Jacin’s birthday just this year because I didn’t want it occurring during the story’s timeline and forgot to change his sign. He is indeed a cancer. As for Cress’s height – just yesterday I was saying on Twitter that I wished I’d made her a little bit shorter, and looky there, I did! Ha!

    And yes, there is a long break in between the end of The Queen’s Army and the start of Scarlet. I think he’s only 16 at the end of TQA? or 17? Anyhow, the Pack would go on to have secrecy and spy training and learn how to blend in with Lunar society before they were sent to Earth, plus Wolf has been on Earth for a while before he meets Scarlet.

  16. Nikki commented on:

    I never found Wolf to be shy………..maybe it’s just me.

  17. Nikki commented on:

    Hey, Cress’s birthday is 3 days after mine!

  18. Danielle H commented on:

    This is wonderful! Do you write the detailed character profiles first, then the storyline or the other way around?

  19. Haley Aaryn commented on:

    This may be a stupid question but how do you pronounce Hayle? Like my name or like hail?

  20. Cait commented on:

    Oh this is so so fantastic. I’m a really visual reader so I really like knowing what they look like. (And looking at your pinterest boards!!) Thanks so much for sharing this with us! I was only having a discussion with someone the other day whether Cinder was Asian or Caucasian. :)

  21. Kym commented on:

    That was really good/helpful, I think that would be like the biggest help to anyony who wanted to do fan art for TLC. I know it dose for me.

  22. Stephanie commented on:

    What is queen Lavanas description?

  23. Your Name commented on:

    I agree with Briana. For some reason, it’s comforting to know the heights of characters. I don’t know why. It’s strange and I wondered if I was the only one. I’m writing my own story now and I created a document with a list of information similar to this, but it’s less detailed than this one. Thanks for posting this. I can’t believe I guessed Cinder and Scarlet’s heights correctly.

  24. Kay commented on:

    Why would Cinder be Asian? Are you assuming her father was Asian, or that the people of Lunar have the traits of the various races on Earth? Otherwise, she’s Lunar, but lived in Europe. Asia was only her final home when first we meet her.

  25. A commented on:

    Thank you so much for answering my question! It means a lot!

  26. Dan commented on:

    When you release a box set of the entire series you should include this encyclopedic (and resourceful) Character Traits as a special book. I would LOVE to read these as spare material after finishing the series.

    But then again…I’d kill for an action packed Graphic Novel/Comic based on The Lunar Chronicles. I’d truly would purchase it to (FINALLY) see what these characters truly look like.

  27. Your Name commented on:

    Scarlet is my favorite character, and her birthday is 3 days before mine=D

  28. Danyelle commented on:

    Cress just had a birthday about 2 or 3 weeks ago in our time!

  29. Nikki commented on:

    I agree with Stephanie….what is Levana’s description?? I guess we don’t know cuz of her glamour.

  30. Emily commented on:

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  31. Your Name commented on:

    I think Levana isn’t included because that would have too many Fairest spoilers. We do know she is tall, really, really pretty, has long auburn hair, and has full red, red, red, lips. I can’t remember if her eye colour/skin tone was mentioned.

  32. Christel commented on:

    This is so helpful! Also, I don’t know if this would be spoiling Fairest at all, but do we find out what Levana looks like WITHOUT her glamour? I’m really curious about that…

  33. Alicia commented on:

    Well since you describe Cinder as a mix between European and Asian, I’m guessing she’ll look Filipino?

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  35. Lizzy commented on:

    I noticed how the family name of the royalties are never mentioned, but I’m happy to see that Winter’s surname is revealed here. What is Kai/Rikan’s family name?

  36. Allison commented on:

    Wait! You forgot Iko!

  37. Marissa commented on:

    Danielle, I’m mostly thinking story first, but as characters start to come into my mind I’m thinking about who they are from the very beginning. So it’s kind of both at the same time.

    Haley, I pronounce it like “hail.”

    Kay, Cinder is Lunar and I pretty much consider Lunar to be the “race” of all Lunar characters. But Lunars are descended from many Earthen ethnicities and so come in a wide range of skin colors, hair types, facial features, etc. Hence, the clarification.

    I intentionally left out Levana’s description because… ALL WILL SOON BE REVEALED, bwa ha ha! (But her glamour is described the first time Kai meets her in Book One.) I also didn’t include Iko because… she changes so darn much! And I didn’t want to include that spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read CRESS yet. Maybe in a future post, though.

    Weirdly enough, I’ve never given a royal family name to Kai and Rikan. My original thought process was that they wouldn’t need a family name – they are simply the Emperor, the Crown Prince, etc., and their title essentially counts for their surname. Kind of like a celebrity – just Madonna! just Cher!

    That said, this is one of those decisions that I still go back and forth with myself on. It’s starting to feel too late to give them one now, but part of me wishes that I had early on. Oh well…

  38. Kay commented on:

    You know, technically, if we believe Cinder, Levana isn’t beautiful at all!

  39. Dana commented on:

    Thorne has the same birthday as me!

  40. memyselfandbooks commented on:

    I love getting extra info about the characters, but I found one teeny mistake:
    On the cover of Glitches (very pretty art by the way) Cinders cyborg hand goes up to her elbow, yet here it says it’s just up to her wrist… I couldn’t figure out earlier because of conflicting info in the books and on that cover, and I really wanted to know this for drawing purposes. Thanks for the info!!!!!!!! :)

    On a random note, Kai’s birthday is only a few days after mine!!!!

  41. Marissa commented on:

    Yes, the artist that did the Glitches cover took some artistic liberties. (It’s also her right arm in that picture, when it should have been the left.) Still – gorgeous artwork!

  42. Grace commented on:

    omg. wolf is sooooooo talllllllllll
    jacin has the closest bday to me: July 2 but happy to see many cancers~
    tbh cannot pick a fav character. but i love Cress’ name!!!
    quick question- eheheheheheheh: is Cress based a bit off of tsukino usagi aka sailor moon??????
    and Kaito reminds me of Vocaloid’s Kaito but it could be just because of the name lol
    right now dying for winter and fairest!!! <3
    as a girl in love with Kai ( i mean who isnt lol) he is awesome and my type but maybe more with wolf's personality <3<3<3

    p.s. — as a fellow otaku I would love to fangirl about different animes~~~<3

    p.p.s — you're awesome! and amazing! Ganbatte~! <3

  43. Lexi commented on:

    Very helpful post! I love how different all your characters are, both personality and looks wise. It makes it easy to relate to all of them! So while I may have the same build as Winter; I have Cress’s personality, etc. Reading the books is so much more fun that way:):)

  44. Bri commented on:

    Im confused because in the book they say they brought Cinder from europe so wouldnt that make her european and lunar?

  45. VICL commented on:

    Awesome!! Wolf has the same birthday as me!!! Well obviously not the year :P and I got to say all ur characters are really unique and special in their own way be it looks or personality! I LOVE IT!!!

  46. Monique@ Something To Browse commented on:

    I love you so much! THIS IS THE BEST! Just look at my emperor and his glorious details. Too bad he doesn’t have a last name, though (How am I supposed to change it when we get married?) Hahaha! In all honesty, thanks for sharing this. I consider it a birthday present that this was posted on my birthday even though it took me so long to finally read this. :)

  47. Miller the Mechanic commented on:

    Hi Marissa!

    My cousin, Tamara F. (you may know her) introduced me to your incredible series. I gave them to my friend and she adored them. We are massive fans of your books! Thank you for an amazing experience in New Beijing!

    M.T.M. ; )

    P.S. Who is your favourite Sailor in Sailor Moon? Mine is Sailor Mars.

  48. Miller the Mechanic commented on:

    Hi Marissa!

    Just a quick question; is true you are coming out with a new book called HEARTLESS?

    M.T.M.

  49. Alyssa commented on:

    I must have read and re-read Thorne’s and Wolf’s over and over because I am literally in love with them. You know that feeling when you really REALLY want to make a book character real and marry then and blah blah blah, yeah, I feel that way about Thorne and Wolf.
    It’s horrible.
    I had a dream about Wolf and I was Scarlet.
    Thank you Marrisa for writing so perfectly that your characters drift into my dreams.
    Love all the characters though. <3

  50. Lorebeth commented on:

    Dear Marissa

    *waves*

    I absolutely love your books and have been reading your books since the beginning.

    My question is what accent do the Lunas speak with. (For some obscure reason, my brain reads it to me as if it’s an English accent.)

    Ooh. And another one! Would Lunas be tan? They wouldn’t because of the artificial nights and days, right?

    And possibly…which character did you come up with first? Did it all start with Cinder in your mind?

    Forever fangirling,
    Lorebeth

  51. Marissa commented on:

    Oh wow, so many questions! Let’s see…

    Bri, Cinder is Lunar and Lunars are descended from many ethnicities. Her being adopted in Europe is irrelevant in this case. And even if it weren’t… they do have non-white people in Europe too, right? ;)

    M.T.M., My favorite scout is Jupiter – the actress that played her in the live version was even my original inspiration for Cinder’s character. And yes, my first book after the Lunar Chronicles will be called HEARTLESS and is based on the Queen of Hearts. <3

    Lorabeth (pretty name!), Lunars and Earthens alike speak a universal language, but it’s likely that Lunars would have at least a slight accent. I’m not sure what accent to compare it to in today’s world though… however you want to read them is fine by me!

    Lunars live in biodomes that protect them from the very intense solar rays that the moon receives, so they wouldn’t develop much of a tan beyond the natural pigmentation of their skin.

    I think Cinder was the first character that I really started to feel like I KNEW, although I had had ideas for a Big Bad Wolf and evil queen before that, and I’m not sure which of them came first. :)

  52. Lorebeth commented on:

    Dear Marissa

    Through nagging and begging my friends, I have convinced them to come as the crew of TLC for Halloween.

    (I can’t wait to paint my hand and foot to look like metal when I dress up as Cinder!!)

    My question is, since Cress’s clothes weren’t her own choice, what would she wear on a normal day? If she was a normal girl?

    Thanks for being my favourite author

    Forever fangirling,
    Lorebeth

  53. Loren commented on:

    Dear Marrisa

    Is there some sort of gravitational device that keeps Lunars from floating away?

    Love your books!
    Loren

  54. Marissa commented on:

    Lorabeth: That will be so cool! If you post pictures of your crew anywhere, please send me the link!

    Cress is a girl who likes the familiar and comfortable, so I think that she’ll continue to like her soft, simple, no-maintenance dresses, even when she’s given other options. As for what she would have worn had she not been stuck in the satellite – your guess is as good as mine! Obviously she would be a very different person had that been the case.

    Loren: Yes! The biodomes on Luna have the same technology to create artificial gravity as is used on spaceships, like the Rampion.

  55. Anna commented on:

    this is great! thanks so much!

  56. Arisha commented on:

    I’m working on fanart for this and this was super helpful!

    I know you’re a huge sailor moon fan, but are you also a fan of other anime? Lately, I’ve been seeing Kai in every gorgeous, pony tailed main character. I’m DYING to see Kai with a ponytail. Thoughts?

    And any chance in Winter that Kai’s shaggy hair grows so unkept aboard his time in the Rampion that he has to push it back into a ponytail? *fingers crossed*

  57. Miller the Mechanic commented on:

    Hi Marissa!

    I’ve been trying to find a page on your website that fans can post comments and stuff for a few weeks now, and only just discovered this page a week ago. I’ve tried #The Lunar Chronicles website, as well as this one. Is there any other websites that fans can post their views? Or, is there a special link on the website that I can manage to get onto a fanpage, maybe?

    Sorry to bother you about this.

    M.T.M.

    P.S.
    I’ve been trying (emphasis on “trying”) to write stories for ages and it’s like I have this massive idea, I start to write it down and then it just… dies… (just like my goldfish). Anyway, I was just wondering if you have any advice on this maybe.

  58. Miller the Mechanic commented on:

    Marissa, at my school, we have this thing called Book Week, and one of the components of Book Week is to dress up as your favourite character from a book you love. I picked Cinder and I was wondering if I could post or send you a picture of me.

  59. Marissa commented on:

    Arisha, I’m smitten with the idea of Kai with a ponytail – why not? You should fanart that for sure! And while I rarely watch anime anymore, I watched a lot of it back in high school and college. My favorite was Cowboy Bebop.

    Miller, I’m not sure if there are any Lunar Chronicles fandom pages where you can discuss or not… you can always review and post your thoughts on the books on GoodReads (a popular book lover destination), or comment on fanart if you havea tumblr account – such as at thelunarchronicles.com. Or you can leave comments at facebook.com/thelunarchronicles or facebook.com/marissameyerauthor. That’s all I can think of right now. Sorry I can’t be more help!

    But oh, you should definitely submit your cosplay to the Lunar Chronicles.com fanart page! I’d love to see it!

  60. Your Name commented on:

    Dear Marissa,
    I’ve always wondered, what does Levana look like. I’ve tried looking for descriptions, but all I’ve found were descriptions of her glamour. I keep imaging her pale and with black hair (kind of like Angelina Jolie, but black hair). Can you answer this or do I just have to wait for Fairest?

    Can’t wait,
    Seanna

    P.S. Scarlet’s birthday is closest to mine (Septmeber 1st)

  61. Fiora commented on:

    Dear Marissa,

    I’ve been wondering…who is your favourite male character of the big four? I’m having trouble deciding between Wolf and Thorne…
    Secondly, I’m wondering if Princess Winter is even aware of how beautiful she is. Does it matter to her? What would she tell young girls everywhere who are fussing about their looks?

    Love the Lunar Chronicles,
    Fiora

    P.S. This may seem like a silly question, but LOL, it’s been bothering me. Does Levana have at least ONE mirror? Because otherwise, she might forget what she looks like (I know I would). Or maybe she WANTS to forget…

  62. Marissa commented on:

    Seanna, your question re: Levana will be answered in Fairest. (What she looks like beneath the glamour hasn’t yet been revealed!)

    Fiora, I absolutely couldn’t choose! I love all my male leads (and female leads) equally. I find that there’s no point for me to write a love story if I’m not swooning myself, so I make it a point to fall in love with them all. (How fickle does that sound? LOL)

    And your questions re: Winter and Levana’s mirrors will be answered in Fairest and Winter.

    I hope you’ll both enjoy!

  63. Chinonso commented on:

    I’ve been trying to write a book for a while. Is there any advice you could give about writing character appearances, communication, and interactions with other characters. Help would be most appreciative.

  64. Rachel commented on:

    WARNING FROM MARISSA: THIS COMMENT CONTAINS CRESS SPOILERS.

    Dear Marissa Meyer

    I am a huge fan of the series and love the couple Scarlet and Wolf. The worst part in Cress got to be Scarlet being captured and having her pinkie cut off. I really do hope Scarlet’s and Wolf’s romance stay alive. Most importantly, I do hope Scarlet won’t get hurt anymore

    One Question is why is the book Winter is moved to November 2015?

    P. S. I am making a type of fantasy art relating to both of the characters I mentioned. Is it alright if I send a photo of it when I completed it?

  65. Marissa commented on:

    Chinonso, I’ll give it some thought! I haven’t posted many tips about characters or dialogue yet… that might make a good topic for future blog posts. :) In the meantime, there are plenty of writing guides out there about characterization, I suggest checking out a couple and I hope they’ll help!

    Rachel, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the books! I love to see fanart and would be thrilled to take a look at your fantasy art! You can also submit it to the tumblr at lunarchronicles.com so other fans can enjoy it too. :D

    Winter was pushed back to November because my publisher and I felt it was important for Fairest to release first (it really sets the stage for a lot of things that happen in Winter), and to give me more time to make Winter the best series finale I can, and because my publisher liked the idea of it coming out in the holiday season.

    I know it’s a horribly long wait, but I hope it will be worth it!

  66. DaughterOfTheNorth commented on:

    I just finished reading all 3 books this weekend and LOVED them. But I misread and thought Winter was coming out this November. Its gonna be a loooong year waiting! I just wanted to let you know I really really like how most races and people who are mixed are all main characters, and to be a princess you don’t have to be blond and blue eyed. I can really relate even more to Cinder now being mixed Northern European/East Asian, and I’m also a Saggitarian :) looking forwards to reading your future work.

  67. Holly commented on:

    Hi Marissa,
    I just wanted to let you know that your profile states that Thorne was born in 105 but the book says 106. :)

    I have read your books several times and have enjoyed them immensely. They really are MORE then just entertaining. My own Captain and I are about twice as old Cress and Carswell, but i see some of us in them and it’s sweet to watch their relationship grow. Thank you for sharing this world with us. :)

    Holly

  68. Marissa commented on:

    Good catch! Thanks so much, Holly, I’ve fixed it on the profile. (I’m glad my math was right in the books – he’s still 20, lol.) So glad you’re enjoying the books!

  69. Hannah commented on:

    Hi Marissa,
    I only recently found your books, but I am already addicted, and can’t wait for Fairest and Winter! I only just found this page a few minutes ago, and I don’t know if I missed it when I read them but I’ve always pictured Wolf as being around the same age as Scarlet – I can never change the way I picture a character once I meet them in the book :3
    As a young and hopeful writer myself, I also wanted to say that your advice for asapiring writers is amazing – I’ve read many authors’ lists on it, but your’s is the best one I’ve read!
    Looking forward to Fairest and Winter!

    Hannah

  70. Candice commented on:

    Hi there! I have a quick question to ask that popped into my mind while I was reading earlier comments: what was Jacin’s birthday before it was changed to July?

  71. Arisha commented on:

    Hey Marissa!

    So currently I’ve started working on my series of The Lunar Chronicles fanart. I was wondering if you could take a look at what I’ve done so far so I know if i’m actually getting the characters right and I can continue with the rest of the fanart.

    Link to my gallery of TLC fanart: http://dreamart2611.deviantart.com/gallery/51381484/The-Lunar-Chronicles

    Also I was wonder how to view fanart on your TLC website (whenever I click it all that comes is a box asking to submit question…?)

    Continue writing, your an amazing author!
    Love your books,

    Arisha

  72. Marissa commented on:

    That’s a great question, Candice! I know it took place sometime during the first three books – I changed it so that I wouldn’t have to address it when he gets back to Luna, because Winter is the type of character who would have made a big deal out of it and there wasn’t time for that, lol. So… his original birthday was somewhere between mid-August and late-September.

    Arisha, your fanart is fantastic!! I love it! The girls are very true to my imagination. Although I don’t run the TLC website, I think you can use that question box to submit your work (or a link to your work?) and then the moderators sometimes put it up on the main Tumblr feed… I think….

  73. Sya commented on:

    Have you decided on a specific ethnicity for the characters or are you going to leave it brief? And do you have any actresses or actors in mind for the part? Personally, I see Kelsey Chow as a Cinder.

  74. Oksana commented on:

    Marissa Meyer – your books are amazing. I’ve never had a favourite series before (which is saying something, because I am addicted to reading!) but I do now! I’m entering the writing contest called Inspire Teen Reads – convince judges to read your favourite book in 400 words – and I’m doing Cinder, because it’s just so fantastic!

    Are there going to be any sequels to Winter? Or any other series you may be planning to write? I’d like the Lunar Chronicles to continue on, but all beautiful things must come to an end, otherwise we couldn’t appreciate how beautiful they are…

    Will you ever come to Ontario, Canada, for a book tour? All other authors I like live in the USA and so stick to the USA for their book tours. *sniffs* I’m curious to know – Are Lunars are just a sub-branch of the human species – their ability to manipulate bioelectricity being the differentiating factor – or a different species altogether, as far as DNA is concerned?
    In Cinder, who was the fairy godmother? Cinder herself, maybe, because she fixed the car? (“It looks more like a pumpkin,” said Iko) Or was it the plague, because that’s how Cinder obtained the gown and shoes to go to the ball? (The plague seems to be like the originating force behind everything that has happened in the Chronicles – or maybe it’s the Lunars, because they started the plague) In Scarlet, who is the huntsman? In Cress, is the witch Sybil or Levana?

    You’ve combined four different plotlines into one major story – weaving fairy tales into young adult fiction – and I’ve never read anything like it. It’s awesome. It’s powerful. You must never stop writing, ever – your talent is a precious thing. Thank you for bringing smiles, laughs, endless thoughts, and all kinds of emotions to me.

    Anticipating Winter (14…more…months…),

    Oksana
    P.S. I find your posts on writing stories very detailed and helpful – thanks!

  75. Oksana commented on:

    P.P.S. Are there any possible plans for a movie of Cinder?

  76. Oksana commented on:

    P.P.P.S. I have a hunch about the ending of the Lunar Chronicles. If Cinder does secure her rightful place on the Lunar throne, and all is restored . . . and Luna must still ally itself with the Earthen Union . . . oh goodness, when I thought of this I felt giddy for HOURS . . . would there be a marriage alliance between, say, the Emperor of the Eastern Commonwealth and the queen of Luna?
    *jumps up and down and shrieks*
    I’m not asking for spoilers, but might I be onto something?

  77. Katelyn commented on:

    Love your book can’t wait to read winter, but I always image cinder as a cancer. So why did you decide sagttarius.

  78. Your Name commented on:

    Wow, when the books said that Thorne dwarfs cress, you weren’t kidding! I was wondering if you have to read Fairest before Winter? If I just read Winter, would it make sense? Or would I have had to have read Fairest first?

  79. Grace commented on:

    Your books are so amazing! I love them so much. Also, this is very helpful. Now I can totally picture the characters in my mind. Also I’m retreading Cress right now hehe. I can’t wait for Winter to come out!

  80. Jessie commented on:

    Hi Marissa,

    I absolutely LOVE your books! When I read Cinder, I was literally dying (okay, well, maybe not literally) when I saw that the Crown Prince/Emperor’s name was Kai!! I’m actually a huge fan of a certain band called EXO (Have you heard of them?) and one of the member’s stage name is Kai, and he fits the description of Kai (the character in Cinder) perfectly!! The messy hair and the eyes and the build and the characteristics- everything matches!! That’s why I was wondering, how did you choose the names of the characters? Were they maybe some of your idols, or family members or friends, or were there more specific reasons? I’m guessing Cinder is short for Cinderella, Wolf because of the big bad wolf/ because he’s kind of a werewolf or something like that, Thorne because in the Rapunzel story he was blinded when he fell on thorns, and Scarlet is because of the red hair, but why Levana, Ran, Kai/Kaito, Ze’ev ( Wolf’s alt. name) or Cress? And, I was wondering, could you post a description of Ran? I know he’s dead and all but for some reason, he’s my favorite character in the Lunar Chronicles series. Maybe because I have a thing for antagonists, but I’d love to do a fan art or a fan fiction of him if you could post a description!

    Jessie

  81. Seanna commented on:

    I’m looking forward to Winter and Fairest but I have another question. Is there going to be a reference to the seven dwarves in Winter. From what I know already about Princess Winter, she is isolated from other people. Does this mean she will still meet the “7 dwarves” or not?

    -Seanna

  82. Your Name commented on:

    I love this series!
    Just wanted to let you know that in the Swedish translation of Scarlet they’ve written on the back of the book that it is Scarlets moms mom, while in the book it says it’s Scarlets dads mom (we have different words for grandparents on fathers side and mothers side), and I just wondered, it is Scarlets grandmother on her fahers side that the book talks about?

  83. Oksana Kosarenko commented on:

    I’m re-reading Cress, and it occurred to me that if Jacin called Cinder’s concept of love (when she asks him whether he loves Princess Winter) a ‘swoony psychodrama’, then in the fourth book he will probably undergo some sort of emotional change, right?
    By the way: excellent line. “Swoony psychodrama”? XD

  84. Ana Luna commented on:

    I guess I would kinda look like cinder(only Hispanic). Only im sooo short >:( dangit. When I was a shy 6th grader I used to pretend I was Cinder and that would give me courage to talk to people :)

  85. Luna commented on:

    I guess I would kinda look like cinder(only Hispanic). Only im sooo short >:( dangit. When I was a shy 6th grader I used to pretend I was Cinder and that would give me courage to talk to people :)

  86. Becca commented on:

    I would do anything to meet you Marissa Meyer. I fell in love with theses books from the first chapter of Cinder. Could I help you make movies on The Lunar Chronicles it would be AMAZING. Keegan Allen could be Wolf.

  87. Marissa commented on:

    The seven dwarfs are represented… for readers who are paying attention. ;)

    How interesting about the Swedish translation! It is Scarlet’s paternal grandmother (aka her dad’s mother) that has gone missing.

    As for naming characters and reading Fairest before or after Winter… I am planning blog posts on both of these topics. Coming soon! (Hopefully…)

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