Attention Dashner Army! It is November 26 today, which means it’s James’ birthday today!
Happy Birthday James!
You can tweet him your birthday greeting at @jamesdashner, but before you do that, you can read part 2 of the exclusive interview we had with him about his latest book, The Eye of Minds. We’ve waited to post it to give you readers time to actually read the book, because this part of the interview contains **spoilers**!
With that said, if you haven’t read The Eye of Minds yet, then you might want to skip out on this interview until you have.
1) How did you come up with all of the stages of the Path and the challenges that were in them and before them, including those really disturbing and violent ones?
James Dashner: It’s hard to say where I come up with things. My main goal is to feel different, unique, surprising. I wanted the Path to have the feel of levels within a game, but have the stages vastly different from each other and meant for varying purposes.
2) Devils of Destruction was pretty violent and seemed pointless from a gaming standpoint. Do you have an opinion on the violence in mature-rated video games?
JD: If anything, that game was a statement in and of itself. A lot of games have violence for violence’s sake. I’m fine with it, but I think parents should be responsible and keep young kids away from it.
3) Now that Michael is no longer a tangent, how much of the second book will be in the VirtNet and how much will be in the Wake?
JD: Well, the second book is actually written and through one round of revisions! I’d say the book is about half and half, and hopefully has a few more rugs to pull out from under the readers.
4) Which character did you love writing words for in this book?
JD: Michael, I think. I tried so hard to truly get in his head and feel what it’d be like to go through that. Something that none of us have or ever will experience. Or will we…
5) Considering your love for movies, is there any actors in particular that you imagined in the roles of Michael, Bryson, and Sarah?
JD: Honestly, no. I do that a lot when I read other peoples’ books, but I never do it when I write. It’s so hard to explain how I see them in my head. They are just there, almost real.
6) How close do you see the type of virtual reality technology in the book becoming technologically realistic for us?
JD: I think it’s not only feasible, but inevitable. And much closer than we think. I’m guessing… 20 years from now. I really believe that!
7) Will we get to know more about the person whose body Michael took over?
JD: Oh, yes. Very much so. You’ll hear that person’s name many times, and learn much more. He’s important to the series. Dun dun dun!
There you have it! Sounds like there’s going to be more excitement and drama in the next book, now that we’ve established who Michael and his friends are. I definitely can’t wait!
If you missed the first part of the interveiw, you can read part 1 here.