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VIDEO: Marie Lu Interview with GoodReads

Marie Lu is the best-selling author of the Legend series. I love this interview because it touches on what her life was like as a 5 year-old Chinese girl who had moved to the US. She also talks about her teenage years, her favorite words, and her love of drawing.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo-I9w2PELM&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: 10 Quotes About Music (From YA Novels)

If you don't have a favorite song or a favorite band, I'm not sure you're human. Music plays a huge role in my writing (and it does for other authors, too!) and this awesome video from EpicReads is full of quotes about music from ten great YA titles: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moZ3Urp6e4E&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: John Green Discusses Romeo and Juliet

If you haven't seen Crash Course, you are missing out. John Green--you know, the guy who wrote The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and Looking For Alaska--dishes out some great talks about the greatest literature in human history. I've been teaching Shakespeare in school, so his talk on Romeo and Juliet really hit the spot:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4kz-C7GryY&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: John Green Discusses 25 Things You Might Not Know About Harry Potter

In this awesome video from Mental Floss, John Green will fill you in on 25 things you might not know about Harry Potter. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeA5yPI4MRs&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: Adults Purchasing YA Lit

This news story investigates a fascinating trend: a lot of YA books are actually being purchased and read by adults. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQE-wMiO2Gw&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: Interview with Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

Maybe you've Cassandra Clare's series, The Mortal Instruments. Or maybe you've read The Infernal Devices books. She's a fantastic writer and her fantasy worlds are full of depth and lore. Holly Black is another name you should know. She writes dark stuff, like The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

Together, they've been writing a new, five book series called Magisterium.

After watching this interview, I knew I had to read book one.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV9quDIZ-qo&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: A Brief History of Young Adult Literature

EpicReads has posted this excellent video examining the roots of Young Adult (YA) literature and the influential titles that have popped up over the years. The Outsiders by SE Hinton gets a special mention that it rightfully deserves: that book is just as meaningful to teens today as it was when it first came out.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkdnKQmHsWA&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: John Green on How to Write a Novel

John Green does an awesome video series in which he plays video games and talks about life at the same time. In this episode, he discusses the many methods of writing a novel.

I absolutely love this quote:

"A huge part of my writing process is telling myself that it's okay to suck...that it's okay to make mistakes..."

I know that more than a few of you have made a stab at writing a novel, and if you have, you know what it's like to spend an hour or two at the keyboard, followed by the realization that you're going to have to delete everything you wrote.

He drops a lot more wisdom (and discusses how The Fault in Our Stars changed over time).

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exosAJbr-sA&w=560&h=315]

VIDEO: Neil Gaiman's Advice Will Change Your Life!

The one and only Neil Gaiman offers some amazing advice about writing, comics, art, luck, success, and work. His speech is inspiring in the truest sense of the word. [vimeo 42372767 w=500 h=375] <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/42372767">Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/uartsphilly">The University of the Arts (Phl)</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>