Ann Brashares, author of Sisterhood Everlasting (June 6 - June 10)

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Ann Brashares, author of Sisterhood Everlasting (June 6 - June 10)

1LibThingDan
Edited: Jun 6, 2011, 9:13am

Please welcome Ann Brashares, author of Sisterhood Everlasting. Ann will be chatting on LibraryThing until June 10th.

2swimfreak14
Jun 6, 2011, 10:05am

Where did you get the idea for your books?

3foggidawn
Jun 6, 2011, 10:40am

I'm looking forward to Sisterhood Everlasting, and to hearing what you have to say here!

4Nebraska_Girl1971
Jun 6, 2011, 3:39pm

In your books, you are able to describe such strong friendships -- Did you have those types of friendships growing up?

5mattandmandy2
Jun 6, 2011, 4:51pm

I'm so glad that you decided to write another sisterhood book I Love them, i can say that the second movie i was really disapointed in how they mixed everything up. but i still enjoyed it because i read the books

6StarryNightElf
Jun 6, 2011, 5:31pm

I've really enjoyed getting to know Lena, Carmen, Bee, and Tibby. Are you planning to write another book featuring Ama, Polly, and Jo?

7sarahy
Jun 6, 2011, 6:05pm

i began to love carmen, lena, bee, and tibby by the end of the first one. what was your inspiration for these 4 beautiful girls? was it hard to see a movie, or did they do it right?

8Pammypam
Jun 6, 2011, 8:09pm

this series was perfect for sharing with my then 13 yr old and sparking lots of conversations. I would love to know how these girls mature into mothers to their own children.

9JRlibrary
Jun 6, 2011, 11:48pm

The idea of a pair of jeans that would look great on any body type is an intriguing one, especially since I have a pair of pants that look great whether I'm extra heavy, or post-diet thin.
Did the idea for the traveling pants come from experience with a personal article of clothing?
Have you ever had a piece of clothing that you didn't want to wash?
Finally, do you identify with one of the girls more than the others? If so, whom and why?

10TomWaitsTables
Jun 7, 2011, 12:05am

Can you tell us if you considered any other, um, plot device(?) besides a pair of jeans to explore friendships/tie the girls' summer stories together? Say boot camp (or boots) or a stray dog, a car or a house? Or are you saving that idea for another series? Thanks.

Though I never admitted to it in public--and actually hid it behind my algebra textbook--I'm a big fan.

:D

11missylynn
Jun 7, 2011, 10:17am

omg i love the sisterhood of the traveling pants will you ever make more to the serie

12annbrashares
Jun 7, 2011, 10:44pm

I get my ideas from all kinds of places--loved ones, books, songs, memories and sometimes just from the blue. The idea for the traveling pants was sparked by a friend who'd shared a pair of jeans with some girlfriends over the course of a summer.

13annbrashares
Jun 7, 2011, 10:45pm

Thanks! I'm so glad. I really hope you'll enjoy the book.

14annbrashares
Jun 7, 2011, 10:48pm

I did have a strong group of friends growing up--and I'm still close to most of them now. So I do draw from my own experience. But my group wasn't quite as constant and cohesive as the sisterhood. I would say the sisterhood is two parts experience and one part fantasy.

15annbrashares
Jun 7, 2011, 10:51pm

Thanks! I'm glad you are glad.
I think the second movie had some really bright spots, but I agree that combining three books into one made the plot harder to follow than in the first movie.

16annbrashares
Jun 7, 2011, 10:54pm

RWListen,
I never like to let characters go. I have a bunch of thoughts about Ama, Polly, and Jo. I'd love to come back to them at some point, but I don't have plans to at the moment.

17annbrashares
Jun 7, 2011, 11:03pm

Sarahy,
I am happy to hear you connected to the girls of the sisterhood. Each one began with her own inspiration--and each one of them has come a long way since she began. Carmen started with her visit to her absent father. I imagined her as a girl who'd been disappointed but was still carrying big expectations. Lena was first inspired by the myth of Artemis, and Tibby was vaguely inspired by the movie "It's a Wonderful Life." Bridget began as my attempt to write a fearless and carefree girl, but it turns out nobody is fearless or carefree when you truly get to know them.

18annbrashares
Jun 7, 2011, 11:08pm

Pammypam,
It makes me happy to hear that! I hope you will enjoy Sisterhood Everlasting. Girls maturing into mothers is just the territory I've covered--or at least part of the territory.

Speaking of motherhood, I've got a baby crying upstairs, so i better run. Thank you all for your questions and thoughts. I'll be back soon.

19mebwilso
Jun 8, 2011, 2:39pm

Loved reading the sisterhood in my teens. Now that I am older I am so excited for the new book with the sisterhood all grown up. Obviously don't know how the new book ends, but will you continue the story of the sisterhood in their adult lives for some more books? Can't wait to read Sisterhood Everlasting!!

20mattandmandy2
Jun 8, 2011, 8:57pm

I thought they could have done so much more with the other three books instead of trying to put everything into one movie there was so much that got changed from the books, that is the part that made me sad because the books bring so much more to the issues and emotions that the girls went through. you Have an amazing way of writing that just brings a person into the books and gets them hooked.

21mattandmandy2
Jun 8, 2011, 9:00pm

congrats on the new Baby !!!!!!!!! life is such an amazing thing I my self will be starting a new chapter in my life this. sat. Just like the Girls. My finace and i will be getting married! 6/11/11

22annbrashares
Jun 9, 2011, 10:30pm

JRlibrary,
I agree that an article of clothing--especially a pair of pants--that makes you feel good in all your moods and phases feels almost magical. I do get weirdly attached to those kinds of things. I shared my wedding dress with my three sisters in law and my childhood friend. That experience definitely provided inspiration for my writing. I am a fan of washing in most cases, though smell is such a powerful sense, especially left in clothing. I once had a shirt left by a boyfriend that I never wanted to wash.
I identify strongly with each character as I'm writing her, but I probably have more in common with Carmen than I do with Bee, for example.

23annbrashares
Jun 9, 2011, 10:35pm

Destinyhascheatedme,
I am honored you hid my book in your textbook. I like to think my stories are more engrossing than algebra. (I admit I was not very talented at algebra.)
I didn't really consider any other object to tie the girls together--jeans just felt right and I love the word 'pants.' But I do like your suggestions!

24annbrashares
Jun 9, 2011, 10:42pm

mebwilso,
I am so glad you enjoyed the sisterhood. I hope you'll like the new book too. :)
When I started writing Sisterhood Everlasting, I thought that might be it, but when I got to the end, I really liked the place I left them. I hated to leave them, to tell you the truth. I started having all kinds of ideas about what might happen next. So I guess I'll keep the door open to another book.

25annbrashares
Jun 9, 2011, 10:44pm

Mattandmandy2,
Congratulations on your wedding in two days! I wish you every happiness!

26MissJubilee
Jun 10, 2011, 2:12pm

Thank you for writing the Sisterhood books. I enjoyed reading them, #1 actually being my favorite, and I especially enjoyed seeing that movie with my mom - she doesn't always read/see the same kinds of things I do, but we both laughed and cried together.

27sarahy
Jun 11, 2011, 2:40pm

i love how you added the original sisterhood into the story with the other girls as well! that was interesting to figure out!

28crazy4reading
Jun 17, 2011, 9:14am

I have some of the books but have yet to read them. From everything I am reading the books sound wonderful and something I will surely enjoy.

29Dominique_nikki
Jul 3, 2011, 12:29am

Oh gosh...I missed the author chat :(, I should have checked my account last june...I did'nt get a chance to ask her some questions...Now that's a lesson for me.