If you;re anything like us then you’re beside yourselves with excitement about seeing Ransom Riggs’ ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ hit the big screen later this year. It’s just made us want to continually binge read the trilogy!
With all this binge-reading comes a lot of questions about the story and the world and we were lucky enough to get to chat to the man himself – Ransom Riggs – and ask a few of our burning questions.
Yeah, we’re stupidly excited too! Especially about that giveaway…
When you started writing the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy, did you ever think you’d sell over 7 million copies worldwide? (and counting.) Absolutely not. The book was so strange – it looked like nothing else on the shelves, which is not always a good thing. I had no idea if anyone would respond to it. My publisher was small and we had a tiny marketing budget. I fully expected it to sell copies in the dozens and then go back to my quiet life of writing screenplays no one wanted to produce.
When Tim Burton put his name to the film, what were your initial thoughts? I couldn’t believe it. That feeling lasted about three years, until I set foot on the film set. Then I went a bit numb and fluttery… Really, I couldn’t have been more flattered or more thrilled. I’ve loved Tim’s films since I was fifteen, and he was a perfect choice for the project.
Do your photographs and short films inspire your stories or is it the other way round? The story always comes first. The photographs became a fun way to help tell the story, but it was a story I’ve wanted to tell – have been trying to tell, in various forms – since I was young. The short films are very different – they’re quite personal and documentary in style, and I can say things in a way that I can’t in my books, which are fantasy.
How does ‘Tales of the Peculiar’ fit into the world of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’? Tales is a collection of folk stories written for peculiars, by peculiars, and is beloved by peculiar children everywhere. It shows up in Hollow City and Library of Souls, the two sequels to Miss Peregrine, and it ends up coming in very handy, because within the stories is coded information about the peculiar world – the locations of certain loops, the true identities of important peculiars, etc. Narratively, Tales is separate from the three Peculiar Children novels – it’s not a sequel – but fans of those books will learn all sorts of things about peculiar history and famous peculiars from long ago.
If you could choose just one Peculiar trait what would it be and why? I do love taking photographs, but the frustrating thing about photography is that most of the time the photo you take doesn’t quite match the one you envisioned before you reached for the camera. If I could dispense with the camera altogether and take photographs just by blinking my eyes, then I’d always get the photo I was imagining, and without the hassle of having to get out the camera. I think that would be quite peculiar.
If that’s not got you excited enough, we’ve got an incredible giveaway for you. And we mean incredible. This is what’s up for grabs:
- A copy of the new movie tie-in of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Boxset of the trilogy
- A pin badge of What’s My Peculiarity?
- What’s My Peculiarity? tote Bag
- A copy of Tales of the Peculiar
- A pin badge of #StayPeculiar (Tales)
- Tales gift wrap
- Exclusive A3 movie reversible poster
- And exclusive item from Fox
Isn’t it amazing? We wish we could enter…
To be in with a chance of winning: follow @maximumpopbooks, RT the following tweet and fill in the form. Easy!
This competition is now closed! Congrats to the winner @CharlieWalt.
Have you seen the ‘Miss Peregrine’s’ movie trailer yet? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
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