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About The Book
A WHOLE NEW WORLD
Author: Liz Braswell
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015 | Publisher: Disney Press
Pages: 384 | Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?
When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.
What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.
1. You must be a big Aladdin fan to reimagine this classic talk in such a twisty way. What was your greatest challenge while writing this re-telling?
It was a fun though tricky challenge finding interesting ways for characters to develop while staying true to who they were in the movies. Any emotional or intellectual growth needed to feel organic, a logical conclusion for whom they started out as at the beginning.
2. Which character was your favorite to write, and why? Was this surprising to you at all?
For dialogue, hands down it was Jafar. C’mon. The dude’s just pure yummy evil. The Genie was a fun puzzle; how do I keep his Genie-ness while aging up (and modernizing) his speech patterns? And although I love the fact that Jasmine was turning into a fully realized, competent Princess of Badassery, I must admit that having Aladdin grow up, emotionally, over the course of the book was a pleasant writerly task.
3. If Jafar were going to flee Agrabah and could only take 4 items with him, and the lamp cannot be one of his choices – what would he take and why?
· Iago! Wait, is he an item?
· An enchanted, never-ending bottle of beard oil.
· His magic staff.
· His endless sense of fun and adventure!
I kid about the last one. Actually: a giant, deadly obsidian knife.
4. Tell the readers 5 totally random things about yourself.
1. I once drank at an airport bar with the entire cast of Star Trek: The Original Series.
2. I own a loom. Yes, for weaving. My goal is to make my own pants from scratch. FROM SCRATCH.
3. Every year my sister and I celebrate Bowiemas (around December 25th). All I’ll tell you is that *some* of it involves the exchanging of David Bowie-related presents.
4. My engagement ring has a real New Kingdom scarab mounted on it (circa 13th century BCE). Because my now-husband loves me, and I majored in Egyptology.
5. I have a habit of rescuing drowning worms from puddles, no matter where I am, no matter how weird it looks.
5. What was your favorite book growing up, and do you think it helped shaped who you are and the career you have today?
GAH! WHICH ONE?!! Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three is probably what cemented the idea of writing as a life choice for me. Also, Taran was this amazing combination of sensitive male friend and competent, quiet hero that put the bar pretty high for potential boyfriends. In a good way.
6. Lastly, what can we expect from you next?
Sleep. Possibly two more books in the Twisted vein. Wait, am I allowed to say that?
Her series "The Nine Lives of Chloe King" has been adapted into a TV show by ABC Family.
5 winners will receive a finished copy of A WHOLE NEW WORLD. US Only.
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