- What were the differences between your first and second experiences reading A Court of Thorns and Roses?
Well, the most obvious difference is that my initial impressions of Tamlin have been completely changed. When I first read A Court of Thorns and Roses, I was so enchanted by the Spring Court and everything going on there. By the end of the book, I already had my suspicions that Rhysand would play a bigger role, but I never expected to love him more than any other male character in any book series in existence. This time around, it was pretty evident that Tamlin is a possessive fae with no regard for female freedom. Some of the lines that he said that stuck out to me most are “So, if Feyre can’t be bothered to listen to orders, then I can’t be held accountable for the consequences.” He also says “No, I don’t want you to live somewhere else. I want you here, where I can look after you- where I can come home and know you’re here, painting and safe.” The first statement comes off as completely rapey and the second proves that he doesn’t care what Feyre wants, he just wants her to be his female accessory to the throne. I also loved the beginning conversation between Lucien and Feyre where she says that if she were fae, she would fit in with the weaker servants and he doesn’t disagree… boy are they in for a surprise!
- What parallels can you draw between ACOTAR and Beauty and the Beast?
The are several parallels to be drawn between A Court of Thorns and Roses and Beauty and the Beast. My favorite of which being the curse in the Spring Court. Amarantha tricked Tamlin and his court into attending a masquerade ball and since then, no one has been able to remove their mask (except for Tamlin who can shapeshift into a beast which frees him). I had forgotten that Lucien is stuck in a fox mask but it makes sense since that’s my favorite animal and he was my favorite character in ACOTAR. Another parallel is the fact that Tamlin takes Feyre away from her family and her old life. He “saves” her from the life she’s been leading, all the while keeping her as a captor in his own home. Feyre ends up falling in love with him despite their beginning just like in Beauty and the Beast.
- What aspect(s) of the world building in ACOTAR is your favorite? What world building elements do you hope to see expanded upon in ACOWAR that have not been explored yet?
My favorite part of the world-building is the world of Prythian in general! I live for all of the different descriptions of the courts and the events that take place in them. Between A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury, we’ve gotten a pretty good idea of the way things are run in the Spring Court, the Night Court and the Summer Court so I’m really hoping for more information about the Autumn Court, the Winter Court, the Dawn Court and the Day Court. I feel like I already have a clear vision of them in my head based on the names, but I want to get to know the characters running them and see how they’ll play into the eventual war.