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5 Questions With... Michael Buckley (The Sisters Grimm and NERDS series)

by Michael Buckley
January 14, 2013
This post originally appeared on the Engage/Teacher to Teacher blog in January 2012.

Michael Buckley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS series. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son. The most recent addition to the Grimm series, THE SISTERS GRIMM: A VERY GRIMM GUIDE, was released in hardcover earlier this month.

Your recent release, THE SISTERS GRIMM: A VERY GRIMM GUIDE, comes just before the final book in the popular series. What are some ways that teachers could use the guide to introduce students to your series and fairy tales in general?

My wife, Alison Fargis, was instrumental to the design and concept of this book. Her company, Stonesong, put all the pieces together and we both agreed that we wanted to make it fun and useful. On top of all the fun insider info, the Very Grimm Guide has some historical info on the origins of some of the most famous fairy tales as well as biographies of the writers behind them. Teachers and librarians have been my biggest cheerleaders so we were thinking about them when we put the book together.

Puck is a very humorous character, and you’ve given him the role of editor for A VERY GRIMM GUIDE. What made you select him as your editor?

Hands down, Puck is the most popular character in the series. I get more fan mail about him than anyone else. When we had a working draft of the book I realized the fans would kill me when they found out there were only a few pages dedicated to Puck. Having him take over the final edit sounded hilarious and he has scribbled his little comments all over the book. I think it makes it unique from other fan guides.

There has been a recent proliferation of fairy tales in pop culture. Why do you think traditional tales (and creative remixes) have become so popular?

I think fairy tales are written into our cultural DNA—we go back to them again and again and again. There are always movies and books and comics that dive into the material because it is so rich. I'm happy to see that my series is inspiring so much of what is being produced these days.

There is an upcoming Sisters Grimm movie. As someone with experience writing for television, how does it feel to have your series turned into a movie?

Well, we don't technically have a movie in place. We have an amazing producer, a great script, and an up-and-coming director. Now all we really need is someone to write us a check for $100 million dollars so we can get it done. I'm excited about what is going on as I've talked to so many producers and studio executives who really didn't get the books. They wanted to make them boys or make them teenagers or try to write a bigger part for a movie star. Really, in its essence, the series is about two girls and a flying boy who fight monsters. I don't know what's so hard to understand. But these days we have a team that not only gets it, they love it. So, keep your fingers crossed.

You’re also the author of the wildly popular N.E.R.D.S. series, which Horn Book called “great girl books for boys.” What does that mean to you?

I'm often called a writer for girls but I shy away from that description. I write for kids—boys and girls. Sometimes I ask the boys to be brave and read about girls and sometime I ask the girls to tap into their inner obnoxious boy and jump in head first. I'm happy that what I do is hard to define—it keeps the readers on their toes. It's so easy to get into this idea that there are books for boys and books for girls. I believe that they both really want the same thing from a book:adventure, thrills, laughs, and a little something to think about when the book is done. I think that's what kind of writer I am.

Michael Buckley will be appearing at IRA’s 58th Annual Convention in San Antonio, as part of “The Serious Business of Writing Humor: The Importance of Funny Fiction in the Classroom.” The panel includes fellow authors Andy Griffiths, Laurie Kellar, and Devin Scillian.
© 2012 Michael Buckley. Please do not reproduce in any form, electronic or otherwise.


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    It would be amazing!!! And directors these days are changing EVERYTHING about the book when they get turned into movies! I hate it so very much that I might punch a wall! Ugh! Like in Percy Jackson movie they changed the WHOLE plot! -_- And you do NOT need teenagers in movies! Why does every single director think of that!?! I mean sure it will catch more peoples attention! But isn't the fanbase the main attention? You want to make the fanbase happy first or whats the point of making a movie that's just going to get negative comments!? And sure a wider variety of people! But really? They are really that desperate to earn money? I mean that's just low. Real low. And whats wrong with having children as the main characters? It still is the movie! Lets say teens find it "boring" and "childish" at first glance. But to the fandom this is our "Book!" I mean this is what we're passionate about! What we read! Our PASSION! Who cares what others think? Its our fanbase and we deserve a decent movie that plays out the books! Bottom line is there should be a movie no matter what anyone else thinks! I love you Michael Buckley! You are an amazing writer! And the Sisters Grimm basically changed my life. Once I read that series I became more interested in books! Your series inspired me to write my own stories and expand in the reading world! Thank you for everything! You are my inspiration.

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     i love grimm stories or movies.i know i am a bigger fans then all fans:)

  21. 21 Jezelle 21 Apr
    I agree with jazmin. 9 years.
  22. 22 Jazmin 21 Apr
       If you decide to write another book on the sisters grimm series, it should be a part 2 or something. I enjoy reading your books. Also, like many others, am a fan and hope you have a movie for everyone of your books. Thanks for reading this. 11 years old.
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  24. 24 Alex 02 Apr

    But please leave a comment thank you big fan.

  25. 25 Alex 02 Apr

    Thank you for everything kids out ther are a fan especially me . : ) Thank you so much for everything you know how much this means to me. Well I'll see you later but actually I'll text you later? I'm 12 bye.

  26. 26 Alex 02 Apr

    Will you ever make other books of sisters Grimm wen they've grown? Please say you will I love your books I am obsessed 

  27. 27 Alex 02 Apr

    I'm a big fan please make more books I can't stop reading them they are awesome sometimes I cry because I wonder who gets to have friends like that fearless and brave I wonder thank you so much for writing I love your books I hope you make more and I hope you make a movie I would die for.thank you again.

  28. 28 Alex 02 Apr

    Will their ever be a movie ? Please make one . I hated reading but now I love reading because of your book and I just love it ohh and please make me Sabrina and my cousin sister Daphne please I am counting on you oh and bytheway I am 12 and my cousin sister is7 thank you for your aprisiation sorry if I spelled wrong I live in Dearborn In Michigan please thank ou again. Have a good day ;)

  29. 29 Sam Harris 21 Feb

    Hi! I am a big fan and I just finished the fourth nerds book so I am just saying, could you please hurry!

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