The Squickerwonkers | Evangeline Lilly MTV | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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Actress Evangeline Lilly talks about her new book, "The Squickerwonkers", and how it is a passion project for her.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How did Evangeline Lilly transition from being a successful actress to writing her first book?

Lilly explains that while she stumbled into acting and found success, writing has always been her true passion. Becoming a published author is a way for her to change career trajectories.

Q: Will the art style of the book change throughout the 18-book series?

Lilly plans to stick with the same art style, as she wants to maintain the brand identification. However, she acknowledges that the art may evolve over time.

Q: How did Evangeline Lilly's perspective and life experiences influence the book compared to when she first wrote it at 14?

As a mother and a grown woman, Lilly infused the book with life lessons and a more nuanced approach to character development. She wanted to break away from the traditional children's storybook model and explore the complexities of human nature.

Q: How did Evangeline Lilly create the character Tauriel in "The Hobbit" movies?

Tauriel is a completely invented character for the films, not appearing in J.R.R. Tolkien's original books. Lilly worked closely with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens to create and develop the character within the Tolkien universe.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Evangeline Lilly wrote a poem called "The Squickerwonkers" when she was 14 years old and recently published it as her first book.

  • The book is the first in a series of 18 Squickerwonker stories and is not just for kids, but for all ages.

  • The book combines Lilly's rhymes with the illustrations of Johnny Fraser-Allen, with plans for a future stop animation film and multimedia experience.

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