Today I have the pleasure of hosting Mackenzi Lee, author of This Monstrous Thing on the blog. A pair of siblings and their relationship is the heart of This Monstrous Thing so Mackenzi has graciously agreed to share her top favourite siblings in books, movies, or TV. Her list has some amazing one on it (and includes A+ gif usage).
Before checking out her list, however, here is a little about This Monstrous Thing
In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.This twist on the Frankenstein tale really does revolve around two brothers, and with that here are Mackenzi Lee's favourite siblings from pop culture!
His brother, Oliver—dead.
His sweetheart, Mary—gone.
His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.
Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.
But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.
Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…
There are a lot of things about This Monstrous Thing that were fun to write—the Frankenstein bits. The Gothic-ness. All that stuff about mutilated corpses and mechanical limbs. But my favorite thing about the book is and will always be the sibling relationship at the heart of it, very likely because I grew up the volatile older half of a sibling pair.
So in honor of Alasdair and Oliver, the brothers at the center of This Monstrous Thing, and my own kid sister, the MT, here are my eight favorite sets of fictional siblings!
1. Fred and George Weasley from Harry Potter – All the Weasley siblings are pretty outstanding, but these two glorious little shits have a special place in my heart. Perhaps because I have the same haircut they have in the fourth movie
2. River and Simon Tam from Firefly– Never have I ever not teared up when Simon, thinking River is about to be burned alive for being a witch, climbs up onto the pyre beside her and says “Light it.”
3. Scar and Mufasa from the Lion King – I didn’t say they had to be nice to each other.
4. Zuko and Azula from Avatar: the Last Airbender– He’s a little bit crazy. She’s a lot crazy. Put them together and it gets, well, a bit explosive.
5. The March Sisters from Little Women – No matter what happens, it will always be the four March sisters—forever! Even when one sister sets the other’s manuscript on fire. Though I find that sort of unforgivable.
6. The Bluths from Arrested Development– Truly, the Bluth boys put the fun in dysfunctional family.
7. John, Michael, and Wendy Darling from Peter Pan – Points to the Darlings for going on a parent-less family vacation to a place with a man-eating crocodile and all coming back in one piece. Even more points for being a stick-together family on their crazy adventure, and letting that loyalty carry them home.
8. Prim and Katniss from the Hunger Games – Everyone in Panem wants to know who Katniss is gonna pick—Peeta or Gale. Even President Snow told her she and Peeta are his OTP. But Katniss couldn’t give less of a shit about the boys—she’s all in it for protecting her sister.
A HUGE thank you to Mackenzi Lee for taking the time to write this post (and for making me laugh because President Snow totally does ship Katniss and Peeta).
Be sure to add This Monstrous Thing to your Goodreads, follow Mackenzi Lee on Twitter (she's funny and sweet) and visit her site for more details about the book.
You can pre-order it(it comes out Sept 22nd!) your local indie, or by visiting Amazon/Chapters/Barnes and Noble.
Mackenzi Lee is a reader, writer, bookseller, unapologetic fangirl, and fast talker. She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults, and her short fiction for children and teens has appeared in Inaccurate Realities, The Friend, and The Newport Review. Her young adult historical fantasy novel, THIS MONSTROUS THING, which won the PEN-New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award, as well as an Emerging Artist Grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, will be published September 22, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.
She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home.