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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

215 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…)

  88. Cassy commented on:

    This may seem silly but I’m so curious: how curly do you think of Scarlet’s hair being? I ask because if it’s ringlet-ish, kinky curls like mine then her hair must be INSANELY curly to be THAT curly all the way down the middle of her back. I’ve had long hair before and the longer it is the more wavy it becomes because of the weight of the hair. If it’s more of a messy wave that length makes more sense, otherwise I shudder to think what might happen if she ever hacked her hair off. She’d have some super-tight Latina curls going on.

    I always thought of it as loose-spiral curls but then you said she brushed it which would just make it go POOF – separated and frizzy.

    Ugh. I’m sorry. I’m weird. I love my curly hair and am OBSESSED with keeping it healthy and spreading the curly love. <3

  89. Ashley commented on:

    Cassy, a curly girl here too!
    I know exactly what you mean about how curly it must be. I assumed she must be a s’wavy type(if you know your curly girl terminology). Where it looks crazy curly pretty much no matter what she does. With the wavy kind of hair it acts like the exact opposite of corkscrew type hair, it gets curlier the longer it gets because more space to complete a curl versus where the weight of the hair pulls out the curl with traditional curly hair. I’m more of a typical plain old wavy (2b to be exact) so it lays more flat against my head but with s’wavy types it will still have the volume of traditional curls at the top but can still go all triangular like the wavy types (good example of wavy hair is the before makeover in the princess diary movie. That’s pretty much my hair). At least that’s how I pictured it. She very well could be a tradition curl so no wonder she keeps it long! She needs all that weight to tame it! Interested to hear Marissa’s input here!

  90. Vanessa commented on:

    Hello :) I just want to know, if the royal family was able to pass on the Lunar gene to the rest of the population on Luna (through promiscuity, etc.), why didn’t Scarlet and her father inherit this gene? Is it because they didn’t have “prolonged exposure to ionizing radiation from cosmic rays”?

    I love the Lunar Chronicles so much! I discovered the series about 3 months ago but I’ve read each book twice already!

  91. Claire commented on:

    I’m trying to draw all of the Lunar Chronicles characters, but I noticed that Cinder is taller than Scarlet even though Scarlet’s like 2 years older. Is Cinder supposed to be taller? I need to know!!!

    P.S. I love your books! You’re even better than J.K Rowling! Look forward to Fairest and Winter!

  92. Claire commented on:

    P.P.S Your books are so great that I finished all three books in 1 week! That’s how good your books are! I love your books! I LOVE THEM!!! Reading them makes me so happy. You’re my idol. Also I’m planning to post my finished piece on your homepage. Is that OK with you?

  93. Brianna commented on:

    I love your books! I can’t wait for Fairest to come out! But I do have a question. How do you pronounce Ze’ev? I can’t even think of a way to pronounce it, lol.

  94. Karina O. commented on:

    Cress is a foot shorter than Thorne. HEIGHT DIFFERENCES!!!!!
    I am cry.

  95. Your Name commented on:

    This is awesome, as a future writer the idea of a compilation of character triats is amazing.

  96. Varsha commented on:

    Hi, Marissa! This is Varsha! Thank you so much for the character descriptions! They helped a lot!

  97. Ally commented on:

    These are lovely! After Fairest and Winter are released, do you think you’ll ever put out the complete profiles?

  98. Libby commented on:

    I was wondering, how do you think, in your own words, how the society changed from book #1 to book #3?

  99. Libby commented on:

    Btw, I LOVE your books, and I’m absolutely DYING to read the rest of the Lunar Chronicles.

  100. Giuliana commented on:

    Hiw do you pronounce Iko? Is it “eeko” or “eye-ko”?Also, there HAS to be a movie for this series! There just HAS to! Big fan! Please answer my question soon!

  101. Giuliana commented on:

    Ugh! I spelled it wrong! I meant to say “how” instead of “hiw”!

  102. Grace commented on:

    Omg me and wolf have the same exact birthday!

  103. Grace's BFF, Giuliana commented on:

    I know! My birthday is CLOSEST to his though . . .

  104. Olivia commented on:

    Hi Marissa! I was just wondering, do you enjoy writing books? Do you feel good after writing a few chapters? Or when your sad/upset does it make you feel better at some moments? Well for me I like to express myself on a piece of paper

  105. Nicky commented on:

    Hi, I was wondering if you needed new characters, because I`ve come up with a perfect fit for sleeping beauty. If you`re interested, please email me. That would be great.

  106. Sasha commented on:

    I was just wondering if you think you could get this book series into movie because that would be so awesome! Winter should be amandla stenberg

  107. Sasha commented on:

    If Jennifer Lawrence was 16 years old she would of been the perfect Cinder

  108. Lorebeth commented on:

    Dear Marissa: I love this series and am drawing lots of fan art for TLC. My question is what sort of headphone replacement would there be in the third error? Like a futuristic sort of earphones. I can’t remember if Peony had something like this in Cinder.

    Love all your books

    Lorebeth

  109. Lorebeth commented on:

    Dear Marissa:

    Hello again.

    Another question. I don’t know if you can answer this but will we hear about Cinder’s father in Fairest? I am dying to know who it is!

    Lorebeth

    Ps: Cress is the kind of character that I would expect to have freckles. Could she have gotten any or sun spots from all that time in the desert? I mean, she wasn’t accustomed to sun light what with being in the satellite and all. I hope she has some sort of freckles or else my fan art is slightly inaccurate.

  110. Your Name commented on:

    Dear Marissa,

    I know this is irrevelevant, but what part (state-wise) of the American Republic is Thorne from? I thought it was mentioned in Cress, but I could be wrong. I always imagined he was from around California, though I wanted your thoughts for me a to have a concrete visual (even though they never go to the American Republic, it would be good to have this closure of sorts).

    Lindsay

  111. Oksana Kosarenko commented on:

    Cress is born one day after me – also a Cancer! We are alike in many ways (Cancer traits, emotional, imaginative, daydreamy) except the shyness. It’s comforting to be able to relate to her. :)

  112. Seanna commented on:

    Will there be a Cinder movie? I know you probably get this question all the time, but I think it’d be awesome!

    -Seanna

    PS Thanks for answering my previous questions. You’re the best!

  113. Seanna commented on:

    BTW, could you possibly add Carsewell’s Guide to Being Lucky on Wattpad? I want to have the chance to read it all the time.

  114. Ally commented on:

    I love character profiles! I find it very helpful and reassuring to know the race, height, hair color, etc
    Don’t know why but I do…

  115. hana commented on:

    So wait wait wait, are you saying that Wolf is actually Lawrence Ahmadi?? bc he even has the striking green eyes, you see

  116. Maria commented on:

    Is Cinder asian or not? I love your books! My friends and I just adore the series.

    PS: Please keep Kai alive. My group and I would miss him to much.

  117. Sarah commented on:

    If there’s ever a movie for cinder… Expect me to be at the auction :) kidding, haven’t reached 5’8″… And probably never will
    But I am so glad that these books aren’t your typical all-american story lines and characters, but instead have French, Asian, etc.
    love this series and can’t wait for winter!

  118. Cammie Morgan (a.k.a the chameleon) commented on:

    I love your books! They had me in a Fan Girl craze for an entire month. You and Ally Carter, (author of the Gallager Girl series should do a work together. That would be an awesome book. Any way, YAY!Lunar Chronicles!

  119. Sia commented on:

    What ever happened to Hispanics? We exist too!

  120. Morgan commented on:

    I just finished reading Scarlet and I almost DIED reading the part when Scarlet and Wolf kissed! I couldn’t stop blushing for the whole day. It was SO cute! <3 OMG I am totally fangirling right now!

  121. Elizabeth commented on:

    This will definitely help me make fan-art.!

  122. Anna commented on:

    OMG, I thought that Thorne’s hair was blonde

  123. Anna commented on:

    a lot of the characters I imagine differently

  124. Giuliana commented on:

    It’s been an entire month since I asked my question! Please answer soon, Marissa Meyer! BTW, still a BIG fan! Once again, please answer my question soon!

  125. Rosie commented on:

    Dear Marissa,
    I absolutely love your book after I began reading it a month ago, so I`m not the biggest fan yet… But I was wondering how human an android is. I know its definately less human looking than a cyborg, but are grippers the same as hands or do they have no skin? And what is the blue sensor Iko has in the first book; Are they her eyes, a part on her face, or separate? Sorry for all the questions! :)))

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  127. Mika commented on:

    wow . does Wolf have to bend over to make it through doorways ? how is it even humanly possible to be that tall ??? i got the out a measuring tape and i can barely reach that high on my toes*i am a 13 year old girl so its normal* . it is realy good to know peoples hights . i was wondering though , in chapter five Cress said that she had lived on the satalite for seven years and when introducing Little Cress they said she made her ” when she was 10 after 4 months of boredom ”. i might be wrong but wouldent that make her 17 ?

  128. Sophie commented on:

    I really love the way you wrote the books. I love the way you switch the view point between characters, and I think it makes the easier to know and understand d when you know a little bit on how they think. So,etching that I found cool is that cress is born on my same date of birth, and she is the character that I see myself as in the book. Just a thought. Love your books, and I can’t wait for winter to come out.

  129. Your Name commented on:

    Hello Marissa,
    I love your books so much. It’s so hard to describe the way they make me feel, and can I say that I think you’re an amazing author.
    I was wondering if Winter was always going to have black skin? The whole, “Hair as black as ebony, skin as white as snow.” Why did you decide to defy the stereotypes? I was also wondering who the big bad wolf is in Scarlett. Your answer may be Wolf, as that’s the obvious answer, but the more I think about it, the more it is Ran.
    The BBW is charming and kind, and only pops up to see Red occasionally, although he is following her throughout the story. This, of course, is Ran. Also, It is not Wolf, but Ran who comes out of the grandma.
    I love to think, so this might be from my overactive imagination, but I would love to see what your thoughts are.
    Thanks, Christine.

  130. Christine commented on:

    I meant Scarlet, not Scarlett. I’m sorry. By the way, Thorne is my favorite character, and I while I know you won’t answer this, :) Do Cress and Carswell eventually get together? Personally, I think that while they kind of love each other, it won’t last. One of the things I hate in books is that sometimes they make people who would never get together date, and then they don’t tell us what happened afterwards. Maybe Thorne becomes less of a playboy? (long shot)
    I read all day long because it my passion, and I’ve tried to convince my friends to read you’re books. Any tips?
    Thanks (again) Christine

  131. Nayeli commented on:

    Thanks, Marissa! This really clears it up.
    I wasn’t sure where her [Cress’] freckles were, and I didn’t know she had dimples.
    And her birthday is 5 days after mine! (Jacin’s is 5 days before)

    I have a few questions:

    How do you pronounce “Iko”? Is it “i-co”, “eye-co”, “ee-co”, or something else?

    Scarlet’s hair would be more red (like dye) than ginger, since she says that they call her Scarlet because of her hair color, right?

    I see you didn’t include Levana or Iko. Is there a reason for that? They are sub-main characters, and they are in a lot of each book.

    Thank you for taking your time to read this.

    Sincerely,
    An Avid Reader and HUGE Fan

  132. Christine commented on:

    This whole day I’ve been thinking about Fairest! I can’t wait for the 27th. I know I’ve already asked a lot of questions, : ) but for whatever reason Levana was burned, what made her do it to Selene?
    I was thinking maybe it was because she wanted someone else to feel the pain she went through. Or maybe it was because she had become as cruel as the person who burned her, and she was mirroring her actions.
    And then who was princess Selene? Was she Channary’s daughter?
    Thanks (for the third time), Christine.

  133. Shazara commented on:

    I tried typing the characters using Myers Briggs types. Well, here goes!

    Cinder – INFP (Some people might argue that she isn’t one, but as an INFP myself, I found that I could relate to her the most and see a lot of INFP qualities in her. I saw her types as ISTP once, but I think she’s too much of a feeler for that. Deep-felt valuing, quietly caring, idealistic, independent, adaptable, inquisitive)

    Kai – INFJ (Quietly intense, insightful, sensitive, vision and meaning oriented)

    Scarlet – ISTP (Practical, adaptable, cool, independent)

    Wolf – ISFJ (Quietly warm, dependable, sympathetic, conservative, helpful)

    Thorne -ESTP (Excitement seeking, active, adaptable, adventurous)

    Cress – ISFP (I’ve seen her typed as an INFP before, but I just don’t feel it for her. I have ISFP friends with a lot of her qualities: loyal, quietly caring, modest, aesthetic, compassionate.)

    Winter – ENFP (Playful, warm, enthusiastic, imaginative)

    Jacin – ISTJ ( I feel like just about everyone will agree with this one. Critical, conservative, decisive, stable, logical)

    Levana’s a hard one, but I’m going to say… INTJ or ENTJ

  134. Alyssa commented on:

    I just got why you named each of your characters their names! It’s so obvious once you know.

    Cinder is a slightly burned rock. The character has been burned in the fire, but it is still able to be used, and so is Cinder.

    Cress is not only short for Crescent Moon, but also is a lettuce, much like rapunzel.

    Winter is for “snow” Did you pick it for some other reason as well?

    Scarlet is for the color, obviously, it also comes from a word that means small image, and while to a person who is 4’11, (and yes, I’m done growing.) five six is tall, but it is also napoleon’s height. Who was known for being short. And in the books, Scarlet frequently tries to make herself look taller.

    Kai means uncertain, as the character is about most things, especially including cinder.

    Ze’ev means masculine, as Wolf is. It also means “wolf” in hebrew.

    Thorne you picked because Rapunzel’s prince got blinded from thorns.

    I was wondering, did you pick Jacin Clay for any specific reason? Also Levana?

    Iko can mean child.

    Thanks, I would love to hear back to see if you choose the names for different reasons, or if maybe these are accidental.
    Thanks, alyssa

  135. Alicia commented on:

    Alyssa, she chose the name ‘Jacin’ because it means ‘healer’ in Hebrew. And since he’s the prince of Winter’s story, I think that he’ll somehow save her, as he mentioned in Cress that he always wanted to be a doctor.

  136. Alyssa commented on:

    Thanks Alicia
    I didn’t come up on that, but it helps. I know she picked each of the names for a specific reason. Thank you! :)
    Alyssa

  137. Oksana Kosarenko commented on:

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  138. Oksana Kosarenko commented on:

    (sorry about the previous comment. I clicked some button and it posted.)

    Marissa – I was wondering, do you have a melody in mind for the Crescent Moon lullaby?
    And also, if you don’t mind me asking, why the casual use of “galaxy” in the series – as in, ‘intergalactic struggle’/’after being a galaxy apart…’, etc. – when humanity hasn’t gone past their solar system yet?

  139. scarlet commented on:

    Is there going to be movies or are there already movies and I’m so dieing to know because I need to see wolf. I bet he is really hot.

  140. Michelle commented on:

    Hi Marrisa Meyer, i am a big fan of the lunar chronicles!
    However, i was hoping to get a bit more info regarding Queen Levana and IKO!
    As i am using this book for a presentation, i would need details regarding the characters!

    Thanks again! And i really enjoying reading The Lunar Chronicles!

  141. Amber commented on:

    Here it mentions Cress as being 16, but in the book she has recordings of herself as a ten y/o from the satellite, and I recall her saying she had been on the satellite for eight years so wouldn’t that make her birthdate sometime in 107 T.E making her closer to 18?

    I may be thinking of a different character but I was fairly sure she was 18 like Scarlet.

    Oh and I see what you did there with the ship The Rampion belonging to Carswell. Such wordplay.

  142. Laura commented on:

    I am physically the most like Cress but I’ve always imagined myself as Cinder for some reason….
    Also, what kind of name is Ze’ev??

  143. Jamie commented on:

    i have to do a project on Cress and the lunar series and this is really helpful. And Winter was born one day after me (although she was born in the future.)

  144. Madeleine commented on:

    Hey Marissa!
    I love your books soo much! I can’t wait for Fairest and Winter!
    I just have one question… Why is there a question mark after Asian in Cinder’s description? It sorta confused me at first because I didn’t know what it meant.
    Thanks so much! :)
    P.S it’s like 2:00 am where I’m at and I can’t seem to fall asleep! I love reading so I picked up Cress and I can’t stop imagining what’s going to happen next!

  145. Madeleine commented on:

    I meant to say Asian/Caucasian lol

  146. Jennifer commented on:

    Dear Ms. Meyer,
    In Cress, it is first stated that Emperor Kaito’s grandfather is the one who instituted the cyborg protection act, and later, he tells Cinder that his great-grandfather instituted the act. Which one is it?
    Sincerely,
    Jennifer

  147. Marly commented on:

    Alyssa:

    I’m not quite sure that these are Marissa’s ENTIRE motivation when choosing the name Winter, but it is revealed in FAIREST (DON’T READ FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS) that Winter’s mother’s name is “Solstice”, as in “winter solstice”. It shows the disconnection between Levana and Winter (and honestly, it’s a wonder Levana lets Winter stay in the palace at all, although I suppose even an evil Queen wouldn’t want to deal with the wrath of her people for casting away her defenseless stepdaughter.)

  148. Joelle commented on:

    Hi Marissa!! *waves enthusiastically*
    Omg! Your amazing! I’m so glad that I found this page!!!
    Anyways, a couple of things:
    I am a HUGE fan of TLC, you are such a great author! My favorite character is Wolf. I love him!! My favorite animal has been a wolf for pretty much my intire life and now there is finally a character who is WOLF and is just like so freaking amazing… wow okay I’m fangirling.
    So, I’m a 13 year old girl and my dream career is to become an author. I’ve come up with some book ideas and have started writing a few things but I often get bored with them and never come back to them. Any suggestions?
    Also, I have not read Fairest yet but CANT WAIT!! Do you know of anywhere that I can get a good deal on the book? Trying to save money for more books and anime Cosplay!
    Oh speaking of anime:
    I know that you are an anime fan. What’s your favorite?

    Thank you!
    ~Joelle

  149. Jessica commented on:

    Dear Marissa

    I cant wait to read Fairest, do you know anywhere i could buy it for a good deal. Im tring to save up my money for the attack on titan jacket. Oh and by the way since you are a anime fan have you watched angel beats , vampire knight, ouran highschool host club, deathnote, maid sama, blue exorcist or golden time .

    Thank YOU
    Jessica

  150. Annie commented on:

    What about Levana or Jacin or Dr.Erland, (ect.) character details?

  151. Cora commented on:

    I don’t know how, but somehow this escaped my attention. I’m so glad I found it, though, because this is SO AWESOME. Also, I am totally going to cosplay as Scarlet one day. We’re the same height, curvy, and I have curly/unruly hair about the same length. Not red, though, but I can dye it. :D

    So so so excited for Winter. I think it’s time to re-read Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Fairest again. I can’t wait!!

  152. ME!!!!!!! commented on:

    If you do come to Utah for Winter book tour my sisters and I are going to comic-con dressed up as lunar Chronicle characters so we would definitely dress up to go to the signing! In other words I am attempting to get you to go to Utah Please

  153. Annelyse commented on:

    Dear Marissa,

    I’m very curious about Dr. Logan Tanner and Michele Benoit. There seems to be no mention of Dr. Tanner until Levanna questions Dr. Elliott about if anyone else could confirm Princess Selene’s death. Why did he get involved? What is his backstory? Also, there was no mention of Earthens being on Luna in “Fairest” that I can recall yet she was there in an official capacity. Also, who did the surgery on Cinder? And considering her political importance, why was she given to Garan? Did he even know who she was?

    Maybe these questions will be answered in “Winter?”

    Annelyse

  154. Lyre commented on:

    Cinder’s birthday is November 29 109 T.E. or is my copy wrong because on her profile it’s December 21 109 T.E.

  155. Jennifer commented on:

    (Spoilers below for those who have not read the first book)

    Dear Lyre,
    the date November 29, 109 Third Era is the false birth date of the alias “Linh Cinder,” and the date December 21, 109 Third Era is the birth date of Princess Selene (Cinder’s true identity). In other words the second one is the real one, and Cinder mentions in her narration near the end of the first book that she is about a month younger than she had originally thought.
    I do hope this helps.
    Sincerely,
    Jennifer

  156. Lyre commented on:

    Thank you it has been sometime since I read Cinder. Lunar out

  157. Cherrychanga_Gal commented on:

    Oh Marissa Meyer, I love love love love love your series! It is amazing! I really can’t wait for Winter and I bought Fairest on the day it came out. Are you going to be writing anymore books? My friend told me that you might write a Queen of Hearts type of series?

    But all in all, your books are amazing and I just am in love.
    My favorite character would be Scarlet. Even though she is from France, I like her character. Like me!

    Your fan,
    Jacquelyn. (aka Cherrychanga_Gal)

  158. Katie commented on:

    Shout out for my red head act a like bestie!

  159. Hannah commented on:

    This is a random question but it has been bothering me a lot. Do animals give off bioelectricity? I mean bio means life so do all living things have bioelectricity? If so can lunars use their gift to control animals as well. The answer might be in one of the books or this could just be a stupid question but I’d really like to know because it would be very interesting if they could.

  160. Rosalie and Carina commented on:

    Are you ever going to make a movie!?

  161. Catherine commented on:

    Thank you for information on their appearance, I am currently drawing some fan-art on Lunar Chronicles couples and this details really helps. :)

    P.S. Thank you very much for your amazing books.

  162. Willa commented on:

    First of all, I love all your books. I was just wondering, would you ever consider having a strong female lead? Towards the end of Cress it seems that everyone was pairing up, but I’m all for girl power. I see that these characters do go great together, but it just seems unrealistic.

  163. katie commented on:

    Finaly! So many questions answered! Gosh wolf is tall!!!!! I guess my favorite character would be scarlet. Shes so determined and who rodent love that hair! Plus her birthday is closest to mine (Aug. 10). Its so hard to pick. All the characters are so awesome!!! I am totally in love with these books!!! Thank you for wrighting them!!!!!

  164. A Lunartic You Might Know commented on:

    Hey Marissa! I absolutely LOVE Fairest and every book before it. My friend and I had a question about Kai though…Whats his last name? We’ve combed through all the books several times and read the character descriptions but we still don’t know if revealing is last name is a spoiler then you don’t have to say but if not it would be great if you could post it. Thanks!

  165. Maddie commented on:

    Hi Marissa! my friend and I ADORE your books and we are creating some fanfiction for a creative writing unit in school. I am very OCD about technicalities and would like to know hypothetically if Cinder and Kai were to have a baby, what would it look like? If I asked a spoiler question, you don’t have to answer. Thanks so much!

    P.S are you coming to FL for one of the stops on your Winter book tour? My friend and I are dying of suspense. ;)

  166. Your Name commented on:

    So according to Shazara’s character personality types, me and Cress are both ISFP – I KNEW there was a reason Cress is my favourite character ;) Fairest only just came out in the UK, but judging from the reviews I’ve seen it’s amazing, can’t wait to read it :)

  167. Hannah commented on:

    Haha, oops, that last comment posted before I finished :3
    I was wondering how you pronounced Iko’s name – eye-co or ee-co? (I personally say ee-co, like the word eco, but I don’t want to get used to saying it that way and then find out I’m wrong >.<)

  168. Kinzie commented on:

    What about some of the other Characters like Peoney and Emperor Rikitan i know there not very important characters but I would still like to know a little bit more about them

  169. Kora commented on:

    Hi, before I ask you my question that has been killing me for who knows how long I wanted to say that I absolutely love♡ your books. I have read all of them (except for Fairest. I plan to read that soon though), and I’m actually rereading them, for the fun of it. I can’t wait for Winter. Ok, now for the question. I was thinking you could reveal some more information on Wolf’s past? Or Cinder’s? I would adore that. Btw, my favorite male character is Wolf. I’ve always had a soft spot for wolves. Such beautiful creatures.
    P.S. And Thorne somewhat reminds me of Flynn Rider from Tangled.

  170. Violet commented on:

    Where do you find the full profiles of the characters?

  171. Hannah commented on:

    Kora, I agree, Thorne and Flynn are so alike, though since they’re both the ‘princes’ of the Rapunzel in the fairytale I guess they were always going to have some similarities ;)

  172. Kora commented on:

    Yea, I find myself always making comparisons with the Marissa Meyer characters and the Disney/Pixar movies. Hey, while listening to music I do the same thing. Or with other books I have read. It’s sort of a tiny hobby of mine. :-)

  173. Gillian commented on:

    I don’t know if this has been stated elsewhere, but what languages do all of the characters speak? Scarlet throws in a couple French words when she talks, hinting that she might not actually be speaking French. Also, it is mentioned that Thorne has an American accent. Would this be an American accent while speaking English or while speaking another language?

  174. Bailey commented on:

    that’s very helpful, but what do Pearl and Peony look like?

  175. Ellis commented on:

    Hi Marissa,
    I love love love love love love your books.
    I have the whole series sitting on my series shelf in a place of honor. My mom caved and got me Cress yesterday, (I read through it like a lunartic *laughs maniacally*)
    I was wondering if you knew this fact: In Africa, it is considered risqué, or you know, improper, for women to show any part of their bodies, especially legs. They all have to wear pants. You didn’t mention it in Cress, so I assumed you didn’t know, but I just thought I should tell you.

    I learned this not too long ago when my mom was shopping for clothing. (she’s going to Africa on a mission trip)
    Anyways, I just thought I’d tell you.
    Lots of love to you and your characters,
    Ellis.
    P.S. I’m in love with Star Wars and Harry Potter, and I also fan girl over Han Solo. Also Kai. I thought I would recommend this book for you: it’s called Robin: Lady of Legend, and I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You should really read it. (it’s about Robin Hood, except it’s a girl who disguises herself as a boy to get out of a marriage alliance.) It has romance, and action, and death, and suspense, and secrets. Anyways, thank you for writing!!!!!!!!!!

  176. Alex commented on:

    It Would Be Really Cool If You Made A Twisted Story About Sleeping Beauty, Too.

  177. Lilliana commented on:

    Gillian,
    It hints in Cress that there is a universal language that everyone speaks. The man that finds Cress and Thorne immediately realizes that they don’t speak his african language, so he goes, “Universal, then?” I think that over time, a new language has been settled that allows everyone to communicate with each other. It would be a big change, but no bigger than almost 200 countries compacting down to six. This is probably what the Rampion crew speaks, and most likely is also the language on Luna. (Maybe?) This is why the people from different countries also have their own languages and accents. Anyway, I hope this helps. Lots of love to fellow readers,
    Lilliana.

  178. Katie commented on:

    I am going to die before November comes!!! :(

  179. Chloe commented on:

    I hate to say your descriptions are wrong because you probably know better than me but in the book fairest it says that winters eyes were like her fathers in that there wre green and grey not just grey ( and i think mabey purple but I’m not shure) but I suppose that her eyes could have have changed as she got older but I don’t know and I am pretty shure Thorne has blue eyes and dirty blond hair but what do I know I dident write the books you did… Hehe ( awkward lagh)

  180. Samantha Blizzard commented on:

    I share the same birthday as Scarlet..and my favorite animals are wolves!!! How ironic?!

  181. Ella commented on:

    Yay! A character with a birthday close to mine Go Cinder! haha actually i all characters and cress might maybe be my favorite :) but idk they’re all so cool. I saw on Wikipedia you signed a movie deal! Tell me when you start casting? (I’m 5’8). also I’m using cress for my “Award winning book” report and project in class and I’m going to do a characterization of Cress for my project! Any outfit suggestions?

  182. Amanda commented on:

    Hi. I’m going as Queen Levena for a contest and I was wondering if I could get some characteristics on her. What dresses does she wear? What color are her eyes/hair? What shoes does she wear? I want to get everything spot on! :)

  183. Amanda commented on:

    I also wondered, when will Heartless be coming out?

  184. Cat Kasten commented on:

    Captain thorne has the same birthday as me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  185. Sesi commented on:

    Scarlett’s birthday is on mine! Whoop whoop. Still Cinder all the way though. I can’t wait for Winter and Heartless. I don’t even think I can read any books till November at the risk of forgetting any details from Cress. Thorne is the best. Kai is adorable. The a Scarlet and Wolf situation needs to be fixed

  186. Sesi commented on:

    Scarlett’s birthday is on mine! Whoop whoop. Still Cinder all the way though. I can’t wait for Winter and Heartless. I don’t even think I can read any books till November at the risk of forgetting any details from Cress. Thorne is the best. Kai is adorable. The Scarlet and Wolf situation needs to be fixed

  187. Amanda commented on:

    Sesi, have you read Fairest? It is out, and it has a sneak peak for Winter.

  188. Hannah commented on:

    Hi! I know that they speak a universal language, but does that mean that thats the only language spoken? I know that there are mentions of other languages but would they be secondary to the universal language? I was wondering because I was curious to if Scarlet sounds like she has an accent to Cinder like Thorne has his American accent.

  189. Elle commented on:

    Ok, so I just started the series and I have literally finished both Cinder an Scarlet in two days. They were that good in my opinion. Your books are honestly one of my favorites I have ever read (I am a bookworm and find much joy in reading so that is saying quite a lot) but I am just worried that by the time I am finished with Fairest, it will be months until Winter is released! To tell the truth, before I read this article I imagined Cinder to be a short, pale girl with dark blonde hair. Love the series!

  190. Adyson commented on:

    Way, way, way, way, way, way sorry about that last comment! Turns out, pressing ‘enter’ doesn’t do what I thought it did! Anyway, HI!!!!! *grins like a maniac* I was wondering about Cress’s hair. In the book, doesn’t it say that her hair comes just below her waist? Or is is ankles? I was only wondering because on the front cover her hair is way longer than I thought it was. I’m wondering cause if I don’t know everything about all the characters I freak. So if anyone knows, this would be super helpful, also speaking to the person who thinks Wolf isn’t the big bad wolf… I have an opinion also.
    I honestly think the same thing. Maybe Wolf is the hunter? I’m fan-girling right now!!!! Anyway, I thought perhaps that the Lunar Special Operatives as a whole were the Big Bad Wolves? I don’t know. And I automatically love you because you like to think. Anyway, this comment has gone on way too long.
    LOVE to everyone and anyone who loves to read!! See you lunartics later, Adyson

  191. --- commented on:

    I saw a question here about Levana’s name, her name is acctually one of the names of the moon in Hebrew.

  192. Alyssa commented on:

    Thanks to all the people who helped me! Now I know why Marissa used Levana and Jacin’s names! I love all of y’all and all the books in the world.
    Alyssa <3

  193. Paula commented on:

    Wolf’s birthday is four days before mine and many more than 5 years older!!!!!!!!

  194. Leah commented on:

    When’s Leveanna’s birthday?

  195. Sabine commented on:

    Happy birthday, Emperor Kai!!!

  196. Noelle commented on:

    Now that the book Fairest has been released will there be one of these made for Levana, glamoured and not glamoured. Or maybe just one. It would be great to see one for her.
    Thank You

  197. Scarlett commented on:

    Hi Marissa.
    I am almost finished reading Cinder and am LOVING it!!!! Where did you come up with this idea!? Also, I really like the title of the second book: SCARLET. However, you could have added ONE more “t” at the end. Then, it would be my name!!! Now, time for a random question: what color are Queen Levena’s eyes, though. I can’t recall anything saying anything about her eyes.

  198. Cy Drittle commented on:

    Hi Marissa.
    i love all the three books of The Lunar Chronicles, and i love all the characters as well. they are (without doubt) amazing…i can’t wait to read Winter.

  199. Thamanna commented on:

    Hi marissa

    Your books are so amazing. I would be your #1 fan right here.

    In our class your book was sitting on our shelf for about 4 months. I noticed then I stated reading and OMG I fell in love with your books.

    One of my classmates said it’s boring cause of all the details so she skipped to the end of the book.
    I would read any of your books.

    And my teacher said we might be able to send letters to our favorite author I picked you.

    -thamanna (your #1 fan)

  200. Ollie commented on:

    Dear Marissa Meyer,
    I absolutely LOVE TLC & I think you are amazingly talented for coming up with such a wonderful & intricate storyline. Classic old tales meet futuristic world! AMAZING!! Definitely waiting anxiously for the finale, Winter.
    Btw, I think Thorne & Iko are my fav characters! & the name Ze’ev sounds really cool &, to me, really fits Wolf’s profile.
    Love & Respect,
    Ollie

  201. Sabina commented on:

    Hi Marissa,

    In an earlier comment you mentioned: “In my complete profiles I also include things like character motivations, strengths and weaknesses, and backstory – but much of that info contains spoilers.”

    Could you let me know where you have these complete profiles? Maybe it’s obvious but I’m not able to locate them.

    Thank you!

  202. Your Name commented on:

    This is great! I love knowing this background stuff, and, KAI WAS BORN ON MY BIRTHDAY! I AM SO FANGIRLING

  203. Tessa commented on:

    I just realized that my birthday is closest to Winter’s which is awesome because she’s my favorite!!!

  204. Alisha commented on:

    Hey! I don’t know about you guys, but I just realized that Jacin and Winter are prob gonna fall in love! I love Winter soooo much and we’re so similar CUZ I’M BLACK.

    DEAL WITH IT.

  205. heebsha commented on:

    I love the Lunar Chronicles!

    What does Iko look like in book one? I found this so helpful because I am trying to make a Lunar Chronicles video game on Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/451297/)

    We have a small but awesome fan club, please check it out!

  206. a fan commented on:

    You forgot to put “is obsessed with tomatoes” in Wolf’s mannerisms!

  207. Your Name commented on:

    Hi Marissa Meyer

    I love your books, and wonder how you came up with The Lunar Chronicles title? Also how did you come up with the character names? I have started to plan out a series of my own and do you think maybe…….. it could be based partly on The Lunar Chronicles? Do you think you can give me some tips on writing good novels? Also, if you had to choose one of your favorite male characters in your series (only one) who would it be?

    Thanks, sorry for all the questions
    Lauren :}

  208. Ingrid D. Knots commented on:

    How do you pronounce Iko and Jacin? Me and friends all love your books and their names have become our biggest topics of discussion (argument). Also, is there a possibility of a Lunar chronicles movie series? I think your incredible creativity deserves to be as well known as the Hunger Games. Your books have inspired me to become a writer and I’m currently developing a science-fiction book on Wattpad. If you were to read it, it would be the greatest moment of my life!
    the title is the seventh element (it’s a work in progress)

  209. KB commented on:

    Thank you for the character profiles. I may not be your oldest reader, but I’m certainly getting up there. I just wanted to let you know that TLCs transcend age and have a truly timeless quality. Rebecca Soler is a fabulous reader. I look forward to Winter. Thanks again!

  210. Noshin commented on:

    This series was wayy too good. You need to extend it to book 5 or at least start another series after the third era with different characters but in the same world!!!!!!!

    PLEASE
    PLEASE
    PLEASE!

    You don’t know how much of my heart I have devoted to this series! I LOVE the Lunar chronicles!

    Also, will you ever have a meet up in Toronto!

  211. KahikiS commented on:

    What is the font you use for the cover art?

  212. Colette commented on:

    I honestly do not think Cinder is Asian. I’ve argued with people over this but I’d like to share my views on it.
    1-She was born to a white Lunar family
    2-She was reconstructed by a white man
    3-She was reconstructed in a white country and was intended to live in a white country, but was moved to an Asian country.
    4-They would have wanted her to fit in with the family as much as possible, so why would they make her a different race?
    In all honesty, it’s not her race that matters, but her character. Cinder is a great, well-developed character, but I have a very visual mind, so for me figuring out exactly what a character looks like is very important.
    -xoxo Colette

  213. Tara commented on:

    Hi everyone, I have started a Lunar Chronicles board on my pintrest account (@taluvdance), and I want it to become really big! So you all notice, the following part I will put in capital letters PLEASE JOIN MY LUNAR CHRONICLES FANDOM BOARD ON PINTREST, GO TO MY ACCOUNT @taluvdance AND LEAVE A COMMENT!!!! I put this on this website since this is where all my fellow “lunartics” are!!! Please join!!!

  214. Alice commented on:

    Hey! Just got here, absolutely LOVE this website! My friend’s kinda borrowing my book right now, so I can’t double-check, but wasn’t Wolf supposed to be 19? Forgive me if I’m wrong! I LOVE your books so much!!!!! Are you thinking about writing any others? Thanks so much for this page, I am trying to draw a few of the characters and am struggling without their heights!!!!
    Alice

  215. Karly commented on:

    Thanks for the Character Traits! I love knowing even the tiniest bit of things when re-reading the books (and yes, I re-read the books while waiting for Winter and Heartless). I also have a question– what about the Character Traits for Levena? I would actually seem to want to know about her, so I can visualize for the 3rd time reading Cinder, the 2nd reading Scarlet, and the 3rd time reading Cress. Anyway, thanks for all the books and taking up countless numbers of my weekends. It was a pleasure.

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