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Old Jul 21 2010, 09:49 PM   #1
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Just ran across this article today, and thought you all might appreciate it. I just posted the parts from the article with author Meg Cabot's very appreciative comments about her first time to read Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider and HarperHall books. Original link to article below. I searched, but didn't find it posted elsewhere...unless I missed it -- if so, please forgive!

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Girls love Meg Cabot for her bestselling series "The Princess Diaries"...

Jacket Copy: Do you remember reading a book or books during a specific summer?

Meg Cabot: I spent a significant portion of the summer of 1980 reading the Anne McCaffrey "Dragonriders of Pern" series (starting with the Harper Hall series).

JC: What year was it, and how old were you?

MC: It was the summer I graduated from eighth grade -- 1981 -- so I was 14. I had just gone to my first boy-girl party, at which a bunch of my classmates paired off and started slow-dancing, then making out. My best friend and I didnít get asked to slow dance. We decided it would be hilarious to spy on everyone kissing through the basement windows, so we snuck out to do so. I didnít know there was poison oak growing all around the house.

JC: Where were you?

MC: Carmel, Calif. My father was teaching at the Naval Academy in Monterey for a year on sabbatical. Normally I lived in Bloomington, Ind. Thatís how I didnít really have any friends, nor did I understand what poison oak was. I woke up the day after the party with a face the size of the Great Pumpkin.

I missed out on my eight grade graduation and all the rest of the summer activities. Poison oak actually went up my nose, into my ears, onto my eyes, and all down my neck. My mom had to put towels over all the mirrors because every time I saw my reflection, I would scream. I looked like Quasimodo.

JC: Why were the books significant to you then?

MC: I had a hideous facial deformity I thought was never going to go away, plus I was really nervous about starting high school back in my old town. One of my momís friends heard about what had happened, so she stopped by with all the Pern books (her daughter had read and loved them). Iíll forever be grateful to her for that. I lay in bed with a fan on my face (for the oozing) and read them, one after another, trying not to scratch.

Those books were amazing to me because the two main characters, Lessa and Menolly, were both social outcasts, just like I was at the time. And yet both women persevered in spite of tremendous hardships. Menolly was rejected by her family and had a physical handicap that could have prevented her from pursuing her dreams, but instead she found a new family, and a new dream. And Lessa, who everyone thought was just this dumb, ugly girl, couldnít just talk to dragons -- she basically ended up saving the planet.

Those books really inspired me to stop feeling so sorry for myself. And when I did move back home and started high school, I used to pretend I was Menolly, and had fire dragons protecting me. God help me. Sometimes I still do it.


JC: Have you reread the books?

MC: I made my mom go out and buy me my own set that very summer. I still have them. Iíve traveled with them everywhere ever since.
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Old Jul 21 2010, 10:02 PM   #2
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That is sooooo cool!!!!
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Old Jul 21 2010, 10:30 PM   #3
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Old Jul 22 2010, 12:19 PM   #4
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Very cool and very nice of her.
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ANother vote for cool and very nice!
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Yep quite cool! I've added to my bookmark collection,
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That's awesome! By the way, I really enjoyed her Princess Diaries series.
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Old Jul 23 2010, 01:24 AM   #8
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Just goes to show that people from all walks of life like reading her books.
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What a heartwarming story! I'm sure Anne would think so if she knew.
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