The Long Wait for Cress: 7 Coping Strategies

Posted on: 16th May 2013  /   Categorized: Book Love

Cress is currently scheduled to be released on February 4, 2014. As of today, that means we have 263 still to go, and as frightening as that number seems, just think—that’s 101 days LESS than we had to get through on the day Scarlet came out! And the days are going by fast.


In the interest of keeping of making your wait as enjoyable and painless as possible, and at the prompting of @modScheherazade on Twitter who suggested making a Twelve-Step Program for Lunar Chronicles addicts, I’ve made a list of some coping strategies to help you survive the long wait.


1. Join the fandom. You’re not alone! Check out deviantART,, or Tumblr for Lunar Chronicles-inspired art as created by some seriously talented individuals, and be sure to leave some encouraging comments for all those aspiring artists. Or post on your blog or Facebook page about which couple you’re shipping most and see what other fans have to say. After all, this is why we have the internet, isn’t it?


2. Create your own fanworks. Most of you probably know by now that I’m a big advocate for fan-created works, from fanfic to fanart to cosplay. If you simply can’t get Cinder, Kai, Wolf, and Scarlet out of your head, why not put that energy to work by writing your own stories or drawing some pictures of them? (Then share them on or deviantART to help other Lunartics cope as well!)


3. Be in the know. As for “official” Lunar Chronicles updates go, you’re in the right place! Keep watch on this blog, subscribe to my newsletter, or Like the Lunar Chronicles Facebook page – because we have lots of goodies planned for the upcoming months. Including:

– Cover reveal

– Chapter teasers and sneak peeks

– Book trailer

– A prequel short story

– A possible second bonus short story

– ARC giveaways

– And more!


4. Re-read Cinder and Scarlet. Keep the characters front-and-center by revisiting the first two books in the series, so you’ll be ready to dive into Cress as soon as it’s out. Maybe suggest it to a book club or encourage some friends to check  it out too and host a discussion about the series, and what you’re hoping to see in Books 3 and 4. And don’t forget to check out the two prequel stories too: “Glitches” and “The Queen’s Army.”


5. Fall in love with something else. There’s nothing like a good distraction to keep your mind off a slowly ticking clock, right? Lucky for us, the YA genre is filled with amazing books to keep you occupied. Looking for a recommendation? I have some right here.


6. Make a plan for release day. You know how when you’re looking forward to a vacation, the planning of it is almost as fun as the actual vacation? That can apply to anticipating just about anything, including the release of a new book! So how will you celebrate? Pull an all-nighter so you can download the e-book at midnight and have it read by the time the rest of the world is waking up? Host a Lunar Chronicles party with your book club? Wear your red shoes to the bookstore to get your copy? After all, if you’re going to wait a whole year for something, you might as well have fun with it, right?


7. Have a Rapunzel marathon. Cress is my Rapunzel-retelling. To get yourself in the mood, start exploring what other creators’ have done with this tale. Read the old versions from Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, watch Tangled, read Zel by Donna Jo Napoli or Towering by Alex Flinn (which just came out!), explore the Rapunzel page at SurLaLune. Become a Rapunzel expert… then start making Cress predictions and see which ones come true.


  1. modScheherazade commented on:

    W00t! I got a shout out and some ways to survive until Cress. 😀

    I love love love Scarlet, but I cannot wait for Cress… Rapunzel is one of my favorite fairy tales. Evidenced by my own ridiculously long hair that I can’t seem to bring myself to cut. >_> So I am super excited!

    I have to give you props for encouraging fan works!!

  2. Cassidy Leora commented on:

    But. But. But. I cannot. I cannot wait. Still. But. But. CRESS!!!! <3 <3 <3

  3. Mari commented on:

    I’m doing number 7 since Cinder came out xDDDD~
    so excited for the next book =D

  4. am2142 commented on:

    Thanks for posting these!! I’m not sure if my parents will let me stay up all night/morning, but I’ll DEFINITELY pre-order it!! I’m rereading Cinder and Scarlet right now.

  5. Sarah commented on:

    I wore my red shoes and scarf for Scarlet!

  6. Tamara commented on:

    Hello? How about linking people to your fanfic page so they can relish in Marissa Meyer storytelling while they wait?

    (I’d put the link in this comment but I’m not sure whether you want it on the blog…)


  7. Alexa Y. commented on:

    This post is basically made of pure win! I do think that these are great suggestions for how to fill the void while we wait for Cress to enter our lives, and any diehard fan (like me and everyone else who reads this post, for sure) will appreciate trying these out. My favorite is preparing for release day — I’m trying to think of something awesome to do for Cress!

  8. am2142 commented on:

    How many words does the finished Cinder have? Scarlet? Just wondering because I’m writing my own YA novel.

  9. Rebecca commented on:

    I can’t wait for CRESS to come out i’m re reading Cinder and Scarlet
    So excited!!!!

  10. Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages commented on:

    I have been wanting to do a month long feature of Rapunzel on my blog, but I couldn’t decide during which month I wanted to make it happen so I just decided after reading this post that February would be an awesome time because then my blog could be filled with Rapunzel themed stuff all month with the review of Cress coming at the end of the month.

  11. Marissa commented on:

    Tamara – HA! I didn’t even think about linking my fanfiction page! True, true. Anyone wanting some official Marissa Meyer / Alicia Blade Sailor Moon goodness can find it at Enjoy!

    am2142 – CINDER is 85K words, SCARLET is 105K. Good luck with your novel!

    Rachael – I LOVE this idea! Let me know (via the connect page) if you’d like to do a mini interview!

  12. Kaila commented on:

    I’m rereading Scarlet right mow. I’ve noticed somethings I didn’t when first read it. It is such a good idea to reread! I can’t wait untill Cress comes out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Saran commented on:

    I am probably one of your oldest fans. I am a 50 something year old teacher of literature at an all boys school and I am in love your your two recent books. Cinder and Scarlet, I have them both on hardcopy and audio cd. I want to be an extra in the movie . In the scene at the ball in Cinder. I have read and then listened and reread and now at this moment on Memorial Day I am listening to Cinder aaagggaaaiiin. I love these stories because Cinder and I both have cyborg legs. My left is a total cyborg contraption and my right is a partial piece of metal. I am trying to wait patiently for Cress and Winter. I’ll be waiting for the movie as well, I know that it’d be awesome.

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  16. Emili the Lunar commented on:

    I love you, Marissa ouo I love your books and your imagination. I love your SHIPS! I can’t with TLC, it’s perfection in writing <3

  17. gabbie commented on:

    You need to make a movie I am in love with all the books I read them all in a month!!

  18. alethia commented on:

    I desperately think there needs to be a movie for the series! My friends say that movies ruin everything but honestly, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE CINDER ON SCREEN!! I don’t read very much but your books are the best that I have ever read in my entire life so far!!

  19. Nina commented on:

    Well written.

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