Scarlet: Annotated

Posted on: 27th May 2013  /   Categorized: Scarlet



Last year, a few of my giveaways were for specially-annotated ARCs of SCARLET, filled with behind-the-scenes info on Book Two of the Lunar Chronicles. Now that the book’s been out for a few months, I thought I would post what those notes were here, so you can all have an inside look.


So grab your copy of SCARLET and prepare yourself for some fascinating Lunar Chronicles trivia!


SCARLET by Marissa Meyer

SCARLET by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet: Annotated

p. 8: Émilie’s name was originally Sophia, but I changed it in the third draft because there were too many S-sound names (Scarlet, Cinder, Sophia…). This mention in the second paragraph is the only time the new-Sophia is ever mentioned.

p. 13: See the inspiration photo I used for Wolf here:

p. 26: Wolf says that he saw Scarlet’s gun handle when she climbed up on the counter, which is true. What he doesn’t mention is that he can also smell the cleaner that she uses on it.

p. 38: The town of Rieux is based on a real town called Rieux-Volvestre, which was a suggestion from my French editor.

p. 41: See the inspiration photo for Scarlet’s house here:

p. 52: “Gard3.9” – Gard is short for Garden.

p. 73: The netscreen implanted in the guy’s bicep is probably my favorite cyborg detail of the whole series.

p. 76: The fight announcer calls Scarlet a “tender morsel,” which is a reference to the Little Red Riding Hood story.

p. 84: Most of the details from the sewer scene came straight from an episode of “Dirty Jobs” with Mike Rowe, which I had to get off Netflix for this purpose.

p. 88: See the inspiration photo I used for the warehouse district here:

p. 94: In the ARC of Scarlet, it mentioned that the Rampion had guns that could be used in case of combat, but I deleted them in copyedits because I realized guns would make things too easy for the characters in Books 3 and 4.

p. 94: See the inspiration photo I used for the Rampion here:

p. 114: A lot of my research on wolves was conducted at Wolf Haven in Olympia, WA, a great organization that is working to conserve these beautiful animals. Learn more (and adopt a wolf of your own!) at

p. 123: In early drafts, Wolf’s tattoo was “LSO962,” which he told Scarlet stood for “The Last of Society’s Outcasts.”

p. 126: As with Cinder, this book changed a lot during revisions. In the first draft, rather than being kidnapped, Scarlet’s grandmother was being kept as an indentured servant in America, and Scarlet and Wolf had to get money to buy her freedom (which he then won in a fight). Also, Wolf had amnesia. Scarlet’s father didn’t make an appearance until the third or fourth draft of the book.

p. 141: See my inspiration photo for Queen Levana here:

p. 161: Scarlet’s gun’s make and model is a “Leo 1272 TCP 380.” I took the gun name from a real gun manufacturer called Taurus, but changed it to Leo because that’s Scarlet’s astrological sign (her birthday is August 17). TCP is gun terminology meaning “tubing-conveyed perforating.” Whatever that is.

p. 192: I named Michelle after the Beatles song, which has some lyrics repeated in French. “Michelle, ma belle, sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.”

p. 242: This is the scene that’s changed the least since the first draft, except it originally took place in the back of a semi-truck as Scarlet and Wolf were being smuggled from Canada into America in order to save her indentured-servant grandmother. Now on a maglev train, it remains one of my favorite chapters of the entire series.

p. 252: The missed question was: “Did Linh Cinder use her glamour on you in order to obtain the invitation to the ball?” Kai’s (truthful) answer is that he has no idea.

p. 272: I spent hours combing through the Google Maps streetview of Paris to write this chapter.

p. 274: I considered setting the Pack’s headquarters in the Paris catacombs, before deciding on the opera house.

p. 275: Again, hours were spent on the web site of the Palais Garnier, exploring their virtual tour, in order to get the details for this scene.

p. 275: See the inspiration photo for the opera house’s lobby here:

p. 283: “The Queen’s Army,” the short prequel to Scarlet, tells more of the history between Wolf, Ran, and Thaumaturge Jael. Read more about my prequels here:

p. 306: “Ze’ev,” a Hebrew name, and “Ran,” a Norse name, both mean “Wolf.”

p. 318: See my inspiration photo for the secret operation room here:

p. 386: This scene originally took place in a fountain outside the opera house, until I realized that what I thought was a fountain on Google Maps was actually a subway entrance! I was very glad to later learn about a real fountain in the lower levels of the opera house. Changing the location was a pretty simple fix.

p. 436: There really are lava tubes below the surface of the moon. In my world, in addition to using them for soldier training grounds, Lunars also use them to travel in between the biodomes where they live (you’ll see more of this world in upcoming books). Regolith is also a real type of rock that covers almost the entire surface of the moon.

p. 443: Ironically, while tomatoes became a very important symbolic element between Wolf and Scarlet, I think raw tomatoes are gross. =P


  1. Mime commented on:

    This is great! Ze’ev and Ran meaning Wolf? That is so cool! I feel like a real Lunartic, now, especially since I, also, hate raw tomatoes.

  2. Doll commented on:

    Thanks for posting this!! *__*

  3. Rachel Keeth commented on:

    Thanks for this post, I loved reading it! I am at the beginning stages of a book and there is so much to the planning, part of me feels like it’s going nowhere,. Reading this encouraged me to see all the prep you had to do as well and that it just takes time and work, which I am enjoying.

  4. Jessica commented on:

    So now that you’ve seen the similarities of Thorne and Captain Jack Harkness, is Thorne your new favorite character to write?

    Also, my mind is kind of blown by the Ran and Ze’ev both mean Wolf, That’s awesome.

  5. Marissa commented on:

    Thorne has ALWAYS been my favorite character to write. ^_^

    And also Iko, of course.

  6. Vyki @ On The Shelf commented on:

    Iko is a wonderful character! Glad you enjoy writing her so much, she is just a load sunshine in a tiny chip. Loved reading all of these fun facts, and I know what you mean about tomatoes; I’m not a big fan either. It’s amazing to hear about how many different changes the story went through! I wrote a short story and had to research like crazy about Jack the Ripper, so I can imagine all the research you have done for this whole series. Also, you definitely should go to France! I love the way it smells – very clean and fresh, so different than the air here. 🙂

  7. H.S. Stone commented on:

    I loved Scarlet (and Cinder too), and these notes are a great addition. Thanks! When I was reading it, I wondered if you had been to France before or if you wrote the scenes based on research? Regarding the netscreen on p.73, I thought it was a cool detail too. And it gave the guy a good excuse to constantly show off his biceps, which I imagined to be impressive in their own right. 🙂

  8. LJ commented on:

    Thanks for the inside track. Brilliant to get a better grip of how you write your wonderful characters. Does Pinterest have any idea how much its proved its use?? Love it!

  9. Julie P. commented on:

    Love these notes! I’m in the camp that finds it encouraging to know how much things changed from your first draft to the final book.

  10. Alexa Y. commented on:

    I absolutely LOVE that you shared this with us! It’s interesting to read about all of these little tidbits, and it also kind of makes me just want to re-read the entire book. Plus, I think my favorite thing is that Scarlet and I are both Leos who have birthdays in August – SO COOL.

  11. Nikki H commented on:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Scarlet is my favorite read this year and its so interesting to know more about it!

  12. Christene Houston commented on:

    Thanks so much! This was so fun! I especially love the inspiration pictures you posted on Pinterest.

  13. Rachel D commented on:

    Thanks for sharing this!!! -I just finished reading Scarlet today! -All I can say is WOW!!! I love the series! -2014 is WAY too far away!

  14. hannah C brown commented on:

    Thanks! I loved this!

    LOL, I don’t like tomatoes either.

  15. Penny Yoke commented on:

    I’m glad that you didn’t stick with LSO. How did you even think of loyal soldier to the order of the pack? The name is freaking awesome 🙂

  16. CreafeEnlarce commented on:

    A clean fast is better than a dirty breakfast. Staichthalt

  17. Kevin Donell commented on:

    I love Scarlet…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ITS DA BEST BOOK EVA ILY

  18. Nazli Avanesian commented on:

    Omg thanks for sharing scarlet is my favorite book ever I will never get tired of reading it over and over and my fav characters are scarlet and wolf omg they r just too perfect

  19. Lydia Davis commented on:


  20. Trinity commented on:

    Hello Marissa Meyer, I’m a very big fan of the series. I shared Cinder with one of my freinds and she kept it hostage while reading the book 5 times. The other one just started reading Scarlet and she will Not let anyone touch it (except for me). We really love this series So much.
    But the main reason I made this message was because a few months ago I won a spelling bee, some of the words on my list were in your books, Scarlet and Cress, and I said if I win the spelling I would thank you.
    So THANK YOU! 🙂
    And one question will wolf and scarlet say “I love you” ? Ok that’s it



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