Mail Bag

September 9th, 2007

It’s been a while since we dipped into the old mail bag to see what some of you readers had to say, so let’s do that now, shall we?

Letter #1:

Dear Meg,
Madeline L’Engle, celebrated author of A Wrinkle in Time and many other favorite novels, died on September 6! Just letting you know, since you always said she was one of your favorite authors.

Madeline L’Engle was one of my favorite authors, and A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorite books of all time (it was also one of the most banned books of all time, which makes no sense to me, because it was all about love, but according to her obituary in the New York Times, it was because the book offended “religious conservatives by offering an inaccurate portrayal of God and nurturing in the young an unholy belief in myth and fantasy.”)

Um, whatever!

Rest in peace, Mrs. L’Engle! You made a lot of young readers super happy, including me.

(We also lost children’s writer Lloyd Alexander this year, another favorite of mine. The Prydain Chronicles rocked my world. I called myself Princess Eilonwy for all of fourth grade. Yes, I was a dork, as many of my fellow fourth graders pointed out. I still am, and proud of it.)

Letter #2:

Dear Meg, Can you tell me if there is going to be a sequel to
Pants On Fire/How To Be Popular/Teen Idol/Ready Or Not/The Mediator series/1-800-Where-R-U-series?

No, I’m sorry, there is not going to be. I am moving on to a new publisher, as well as on to new books and series, such as the new Allie Finkle series for middle grade readers; Airhead, my new romance/mystery/sci-fi/comedy series for teens, which will be out in August 2008; and Abandon, my new paranormal series, which debut in summer of 2009. Stay tuned to this site for more info on these series, coming soon!

Letter #3:

Meg! What do you think about High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens’s nude photos that were stolen and posted all over the Internet???

Number 1: They are not posted “all over the Internet” anymore, because those photos were taken when Vanessa was under eighteen, and any site that posts them now is violating federal law by posting nude photos of a minor.

Number 2: We all do silly things when we’re young and in love. I think people should stop harshing on Vanessa. Haven’t they ever done something they regretted? And it’s not like she hurt anyone.

Letter #4

Meg, What is with the cover of Princess Diaries #9? Why does it keep changing on your homepage?

HarperCollins is rereleasing The Princess Diaries with all new covers. They’ll look like the one you see on the homepage—different colored diaries with differently shaped locks. I think they look cool. You’ll be seeing the others soon.

The Mediator series will also be rereleased will all new, totally cool spooky covers. Here’s a sneak peek at a first pass of one of them—

Stay tuned for more…

Letter #5

MEG!!!! KATHY GRIFFIN WON AN EMMY FOR HER REALITY SERIES!!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT!!!!

Woohoooo! Also, good for Kathy. She works hard and deserves it.

I hope she and her mom are off celebrating.

Letter #6

Dear Meg, I would like to get autographed bookplates but I live in Europe, and I know if I send you an self-addressed stamped envelope, you won’t be able to send it back to me, because European stamps don’t work in America. So what should I do?

Easy! Just go to your post office and tell them you want to send a self-addressed envelope to someone in America—with the postage paid. European post offices provide a little gift certificate thingie (sorry I forget what it’s called) for the amount the stamps would cost (I think it’s about 1 pound or Euro). You mail me the gift certificate thingie along with your self-addressed envelope, I buy the American stamps with the certificate, put the autographed bookplates and a spiffy flyer advertising my upcoming books and maybe a postcard or two in your envelope…and in two weeks or so you’ll have your envelope back in the mail!

US residents, you can do the same thing, just include a self-addressed stamped envelope. My address can be found on the Contact Meg link on this site.

Letter #7

Meg, What did you think of Britney’s performance on the VMAs?

After I read a heart-breaking article about Britney in last month’s Allure magazine, where she failed to show up for her cover interview not once but three times (claiming she was busy “recording,” but actually she was spotted getting a manicure), I swore I’d lay off Britney in my blog. Because making fun of ditzes is one thing, but making fun of someone with an undiagnosed mental disorder is another.

So I am not going to say anything about Britney’s performance on the VMAs.

But I thought Sarah Silverman’s remarks about Fifty were funny!

Well, that’s all we have time for today! Thanks for writing in!

More later.

Much love,

Meg