Saturday, December 17, 2011

#BIR2011: DELIRIUM - An Interview with Lauren Oliver

Welcome to our last official day of Best I've Read 2011! We hope you have enjoyed the features and giveaways this week and have added some amazing books to your TBR lists!

Speaking of giveaways, be sure you stop by again on Monday for some extra giveaways, that will include some great goodies for both our U.S. and International readers. You won't want to miss it!

Today we have the totally talented and amazing Lauren Oliver with us to talk about her fantastic book DELIRIUM. We are also offering you a chance to win the book for yourself. Read below for more details.

Also, be sure you stop by the Blog Schedules Page to find out who each of the other 11 blogs are featuring today! 

***About DELIRIUM***

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

About: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

You can find Lauren Oliver online:

***Interview with Lauren Oliver***

BCM: You started writing Delirium because you got the idea of what if Love was a disease that had to be cured, but the plot, the story and the heart of the book has gone way beyond that original concept.  While
going through your writing process, did you discover anything about the plot or the story your telling that surprised you in the direction it went or did you always know the direction after coming up with the
original idea?

LO: Sure--part of the beauty of writing is that you're always somewhat surprised during the process, I think. I was somewhat surprised by how much Lena's friendship with Hana took center stage. I love that in the
end, the book became a meditation on all kinds of love, not just romantic love.

BCM: Delirium is told from Lena's point of view, are there any other characters you wish you could explore the world through?  Have you written from anyone else's POV for your own pleasure or as a writing

LO: I have! Actually, I have a short story e-book called Hana coming out in February, which does exactly that: it explores the world of Delirium, but from Hana's point of view. Later on in the series, we see Hana's POV again, although I won't say when or how. :)

BCM: Delirium has gotten rave reviews (deservedly so!) everywhere you look.  How does it feel to know that so many people can connect with your characters in such an emotional way?

LO: I mean, it is always such a blessing. I love my readers and I love how smart and open-minded and passionate they are. I feel very lucky.

BCM: What can you tell us about Pandemonium that no one else knows yet?

LO: Hmmm. Okay: a large section of Pandemonium takes place in the abandoned subway tunnels that run beneath New York City.

BCM: Is there any one scene in Delirium that proved to be more difficult to write than the rest? What is it about that scene that you think was so difficult?

LO: I found it difficult to write the scene in which Lena attends a forbidden party, and hears real music, for the first time. She has so many different responses and reactions in that scene, it's just difficult to balance them all.

BCM: If you had to choose any career other than writing, what would it be?

LO: I would either be a caterer or, if realism weren't a constraint, a back-up dancer for Beyonce.

BCM: What is your favorite read of 2011?
LO: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I literally couldn't put it down.

  • Thanks to HarperTeen we have one copy of DELIRIUM to giveaway to one lucky reader.
  • Open to U.S. mailing addresses only. No PO boxes.
  • +1 for each Best I've Read blog you are following. You can find the full list of blogs on the Blog Schedules Page and also on the sidebars.
  • Giveaway ends at midnight EST, December 23, 2011.
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter.


  1. I am so happy you guys just keep giving me more and more great books to read! This one is really different and I'm intrigued! I'd love to read it!
    Thank you for yet another great giveaway op!

    Happy Holidays!
    Gena Robertson

  2. Yay! And this is the pretty cover too! The original hardcover was so... Dull...

  3. I love all of Lauren's interviews. She's always so nice and funny. I'm excited to see what kinds of things we'll discover in Hana's POV. And haha, a back up dancer for Beyonce does seem like quite a great job. ;)

  4. Great Interview, I love Lauren's alternative career choices. Thanks so much for the chance to win what sounds like a great book!

  5. Another great book choice. Thank you!!


  6. Great interview. I just got this book and will be reading it soon. The author put so much work in to it!

  7. This was such a super fantastic interview, I really loved reading it. So fun and bright and insightful. And I will read ANYTHING that Lauren Oliver writes. I swear by this!!!

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  8. A life without love! I couldn't stand it!