Ally Condie, the #1 New York Times bestseller of the Matched series, was recently at the James H.
Ally Condie, the #1 New York Times bestseller of the Matched series, was recently at the James H. LaRue library to speak about her new novel “Atlantia”, and spoke with Colorado Kids.
Ally has wanted to become an author ever since she was a teenager. She loved to write, and she wrote for her school newspaper, but that was where the professional experience ends. The college she went to didn’t offer a creative writing class, so Ally had never taken a creative writing class in her life. Growing up, she lived in a town a few hours away from Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up to become a high school teacher.
When asked if she got any inspiration for her books from her own life, she said that only some of the smaller, less significant characters were based off people in her life. The character Vick in “Crossed” was based off of her brother, and the grandfather in “Matched” was based off her grandmother. Otherwise, everything came from her own imagination.
Ally’s new novel, “Atlantia,” is a gripping novel about a girl named Rio, who is forced to stay down Below while her sister, Bay, makes a selfish choice to go Above. For this book, Ally Condie says that she took inspiration from the original story of the Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, but not a lot. There is not an underwater city in “Atlantia,” nor are any characters in her book from the Little Mermaid. I rate this story of 5 out of 5 stars, because the plot is flawless and the description is so realistic in a dystopian novel.
As with many other popular books, the “Matched” series now comes with fans who create fan pages, fan art, and fan fiction. “I’m not mad that these things are out there, but I just think if I read them, they would mess with my head,” she said during the Q and A section of her presentation. She does not read the fan fiction, but she loves that people take the time to write these things and make these special pieces that are about her books. “The fan fiction stories are theirs, and the ‘Matched’ stories are mine.”Z