Monday, May 4, 2009

A Snood FAQ and a Pride and Prejudice Poll

I bet I'm the only YA writer who gets asked frequently, "What's the story behind your snood fixation?"

Well, dear reader, I'll tell you, and by the time I'm done telling you, you're going to wish you never asked.

It all started last August. I was preparing for a School Library Journal photo shoot in which I was to wear medieval garb and wield a sword. I picked out the perfect snood for the occasion. I was so excited about the snood. It was the B.E.S.T. thing I'd ever purchased. But when I tried everything on for my sister, secret code name: Cordelia, SHE TOLD ME THE SNOOD LOOKED STUPID!

As you can imagine, I was devastated. Naturally, I took the story straight to my publicists, Sarah and Barb, because I knew they would understand and shower me with sympathy -- which they did, and more! They embraced the entire snood moment and came up with a new battle cry: SNOOD, BE DAMNED! (Highly satisfying when bellowed.) Over the weeks, the battle cry evolved, until we were also bellowing, OUT, DAMN SNOOD! and, WHAT THE SNOOD?! (As in, "WHAT THE SNOOD IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE WHO DON'T USE THEIR TURN SIGNALS?")

Inevitably, at some point, Barb, Sarah, and I became the Ladies of the Snood. We gave each other secret snood codenames, we embraced our snood identities, we devoted ourselves to snood worship, and since then, life has been completely snoody.

Does that answer your question?

The photos from the tragically snoodless photo shoot, btw, are here.

Switching gears here for a very important poll. Have you read much Jane Austen? Do you get the impression, as I do, that she must have had to bear the company of a lot of unbearable people in her life? I mean, I LOVE her heroes and heroines, but can we just pause a moment to applaud what a master she is at creating annoying people, too? In Persuasion, could anyone be more annoying than Anne's whiney sister Mary? In Northanger Abbey, I positively want to shove John Thorpe out of the carriage and watch the horses trample him. Ugh. Least favorite Jane Austen male ever. In Mansfield Park... well, a lot of people are annoying, including, arguably, Fanny... but Mrs. Norris really takes the cake. In Sense and Sensibility, I guess the prize goes to Lucy Steele, though, of course, Willoughby is no peach -- but at least he's not annoying. Emma. I know some people find Emma herself annoying, but I actually like Emma. The Eltons are annoying!

Finally, there's Pride and Prejudice. Oh, my goodness! The annoying people in P&P are so supremely annoying that they deserve a poll! Please vote! (If you're reading this post somewhere other than my actual site and don't see the full poll below, please click here.)

41 comments:

mysteryflavour said...

LYDIA.

NotNessie said...

I was about to vote for Mrs. Bennet, when I saw the comment above me nominating Lydia. Oh my goodness. Lydia is annoying. Mary is pretty bad too, but I'm going to stick with Lydia. Actually, now that you mention it, pretty much everyone but 5 or 6 people in that book are annoying.

Thanks for explaining about the snood. I feel better now.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Bennet bothers me alot. She's just so whiny and 'all I want is...' I haven't finished pride and prejudice but so far Mrs. Bennet is by far the worst. I love polls! You should make more:D
-Jen

Joanna said...

Mrs Bennett wins every time because she is completely stupid and oblivious. She wouldn't even understand if you were putting her down. At least with the others you could ignore them.

Q said...

It was a close call between Mrs. Bennett and Mr. Collins, but I decided that Mrs. Bennett is just annoying and Mr. Collins is awkward, so I should pick Mr. Collins because I couldn't handle that as well.

J.L. Hart said...

Oh, Lady Catherine without question. I can't stand the others either, but they're only annoying. Lady Catherine is insulting and condescending. I could never stand that and I'd just have to kill her. Hmmm. Maybe I'd like to be stranded with her then, because if I killed her, I wouldn't have to share food and all that...

~Jen

tinkandalissa said...

Oh my! This is a tough one. This story is so full of annoying characters! I voted for Wickham for obvious reasons. He is such a toad. However, it was a close call w/Mr Collins because he is beyond slimy and icky to me. He makes me shudder. But a close close third has to be her little sister Lydia. That girl just needs to be slapped! In the end, I couldnt blame her for being an immature dope. She is the youngest in a large family and obviously feels the need for a lot of attention. And boy did she ever get it! Her punishment was Wickham. I don't recall what happens to Wickham, however. Did he ever get what he deserved? Hmm...I should read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to find out!
Love those snood-less photos of you. I think the snood was totally called for, though, in this case.

Jazz said...

A couple years ago I decided snoods were the cat's meow so I searched ebay until I found the perfect set of a dozen snoods. My snoods and I could not be happier together. LONG LIVE THE SNOOD!

Natasha said...

Oooh, yes, Lydia. I'm not into violence but I kinda want to smack upside the head and try to knock some sense into that girl.

I love Mrs Bennett. Yes, she's foolish, but she's foolishly funny. As for Lady de Burgh, I'm amused by her as well. Anyone who amuses me can't be considered too annoying.

I need to reread P&P... it's been too long...

katek said...

I had trouble choosing between Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Collins but went w/ Collins because preachily self-satisfied people make me homicidal, and I think the mere fact of being stuck on a desert island might confine Mrs. Bennet to her hammock, so I could go to the opposite side of the island and ignore her.

Though maybe the murderous rage Mr. Collins would incite should tilt the vote in the opposite direction: I could explain to him that he needed to shut up or, um, BE shut up. The end.

(I'm really sorry if this posts twice--the screen went blank after I hit submit; not sure what that means!)

Lexie said...

I chose Mr. Collins...women are much easier to annoy to the point of ignoring you, I can't think bad of Wickham without thinking of 'Lost in Austen' and how not wicked that Wickham was and if I got stuck Mr. Collins its likely I would stab him in the eye with a piece of a broken shell before he could say a word.

And I have a snood fixation too. It used to keep me from my schoolwork (until someone deleted it from my computer) and now it keeps me company on my cellphone when I get terribly bored. Which is often unfortunately.

Erin said...

ACK, this is hard...I almost but Mrs. Bennett (I'd have a headache within the first two minutes of her wailing) but...Mr. Collins is just plain disgusting. *shudder*

Loredan Avery said...

Oh man, I forgot about Lydia. Okay, it's a tie between Collins and Lydia. What do you think would happen if they were thrown in a pit with each other?
~Avery, hehh hehh hehh

Cynthia and Satsuki said...

I would LOVE to be trapped with Mr. Wickham. ;)

But Mrs. Bennet is definitely the worst.

Anonymous said...

lydia gets my vote too... I want to slap her every time she speaks. Okay, that was a bit harsh, but still. Mr. Collins is a very close second. He makes my skin crawl :-)

--Candelion

Alexa said...

I had to go with Mr Collins, although all of them would be irritating in their different ways. Although Mr Wickham has certain redeeming qualities :)

Anonymous said...

I ended up voting for Mr. Collins, just because of his little women speech with the marriage stuff, that blew me up when I first read it. but still it was hard to chose with other characters like Mrs. Bennet and Lady Catherine, who make a close second with Mr. Collins in annoying characters. Mrs. Bennet is just annoying, but the other two just think they are so much better then everyone else and its infurating!
~Lola Coco

Alison said...

I debated between Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine before finally choosing the latter. Because while Mr. Collins is certainly annoying, I think Lady Catherine and I would eventually come to blows.

Angie said...

Most annoying - Lydia. But I totally voted Mr. Collins. I can ignore annoying - I can even laugh it off, sometimes. But schmarmy? Preachy? Make your skin crawl? That would NEVER do - on an island - or anywhere else!

'My dear' Kristin, 'Mr. Collins is a conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man; you know he is, as well as I do.' :-)

Rhino said...

I love love love Pride and Prejudice. saw the r5ecent movie a week ago (loved it) and im reading the book right now. I have to say Mr. Collins. UGH! :( mr darcy on the other hand :)

Anonymous said...

not one for the classics, no matter how hard I try, but lately a book came out called Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy yet, as it is THE hardest to find book in the states right now. My friend has a copy and it looks HILARIOUS!

As far as annoying characters go, I could write books about characters who make me throw my books.

BTW my version of throwing a book consists of getting a pillow, deciding it's not big enough and getting a bigger one and dropping my book down on it with a wee bit of force and then apologizing profusely before continueing

Aria

A. Grey said...

So yeah, not much into the classics. I know, I know, sacrilege! I just got so annoyed by EVERYONE in those books, even the characters you were supposed to love, mostly because they were so fixated on getting around/figuring out how to manipulate the characters you were supposed to hate. I would have stuffed them all and gone to live in a cabin in the middle of nowhere! :)

As for the infamous Snood.... I actually like snoods. They're very useful things. However, my hair has gotten long enough and heavy enough that it drags the snood off or gives me a headache, so sadly, no snoods for Artemis....

Marie Rutkoski said...

I voted for Mr. Collins, but I was surprised that Mrs. Bennet came in second place. She's mortifying, but she wouldn't be able to embarrass me THAT much if there's no one around. Plus, she's capable of affection and her "nerves" and silliness amuse Mr. Bennet, at least. So she could be entertaining. Also, I've always felt a little sorry for her. It must suck to know that, at any moment, you could be homeless.

Alethea said...

Lydia! Ugghhh.

kristin cashore said...

Hi everyone! I'm posting from the Boston area this week. I haven't voted yet myself... I can't decide! I wonder why I didn't think to put Lydia in the poll?

Anonymous said...

LYDIA indeed! I just wanted to smack her in the end when she is sitting there in front of everyone, oblivious to the entire crisis she had created. ARGH.
-billyruffian

murgatroid said...

Poor Mr. Collins... But he's just so... argh!!! Someone slap him, please.

Estefania Álvarez said...

Hi! I'm Estefania from Barcelona, Spain.

I couldn't believe while I was reading some things of your blog that someone thinks so many things that happen to my mind!

You say so many things that happen to me when I write, that I think:

I am not the only one! There is someone like me! =)

I hope that you have good luck, you deserve yourself.

A very strong embrace

Kisses

Ellen said...

I voted for Mrs. Bennett but LYDIA is a very close second. She is so self-centered and oblivious.

Erika said...

Definitely Lydia! That girl seriously bothers me... The rest of the characters I could find a way to deal with... somehow...

Con said...

In case the next poll is- which Jane Austen character would you most want to be stuck on a desert island with: my answer is Mr. Darcy, played by Colin Firth, of course.

pugnacioun said...

Mr. Collins, definitely (but only in the book and 1995 BBC adaptation manifestation - I think I'd be able to handle the harmlessly awkward version from the Kiera Knightly film). He takes awful to new heights.

Amanda said...

Lydia is god-awful. I chose Mr Collins simply because he embodies that sort of sex-less, smarmy posh twat that was so seemingly prevalent in the 18th century. :)

SIDENOTE - "Lost in Austen" is now available on Netflix. The premise sounds unbelievably corny; basically a modern girl obsessed with P&P gets to swap places with Lizzie Bennett herself. Bad, right? Actually the series is fantastic. It's 4 or 5 eps long and it aired here in the UK last year. You will love the twists and turns. Acting is top-notch. Mrs Bennett is played by Alex Kingston (from ER) and Huge Bonneville plays Mr Bennett.

Amanda said...

HUGH Bonneville. Oops. :)

deirdrea said...

Well! This was a tough one -- I was really tempted to pick Mr. Collins, because I really cannot abide him. But then I thought -- he would be useful for manual labour (after all, doesn't Charlotte send him into the garden every once in a while?). Whereas Lady Catherine is completely useless!

~Deirdre

kristin cashore said...

I'm loving everyone's comments here!

Estefania, thanks so much for writing in from Barcelona! I hope (hope hope hope!) that I may be doing a small European tour next spring that will include Barcelona, which is the home of both of my Spanish publishers.

Con, good idea for a poll ;)

Amanda, funny typo hee hee!

And Deirdrea: that is exactly the reason I eventually decided to vote for Lady Catherine!

Estefania Álvarez said...

I hope so!

My sister and I will go

no doubt!

Wooow, an European Tour: a dream!

Thank you for answering, makes me very excited!

Good luck! I love to read you.

You're great. We wait for you in barcelona!!!

A kiss!

Estefania:)

Anonymous said...

I' m Italian, my name is cuppo... I read your first book in 4 days. It' s fantastik I give it at my friend and she love it!!!! I wont to know when your second book arrive in Italy, I don't very good in English, give me a simple answer!! thank you!! by

kristin cashore said...

Cuppo, buon giorno! Il libro prossimo arrivera in Italia in Marzo 2010. Mi dispiace se faccio uno sbaglio in italiano. Uso il mio dizionario! :o)

Beniamino said...

Ciao Cuppo!

In effetti Fire non lo abbiamo ancora letto neanche noi in De Agostini...
Uscirà in occasione della Fiera del Libro di Bologna, that's marzo 2010.

Kristin: il tuo italiano era quasi perfetto! :P

kristin cashore said...

Beniamino: quasi perfetto? QUASI perfetto??! HUMPH!

:o)