Since the publication of Penumbras. I have received two questions repeatedly. The first is about the ending. I blogged about that here. The second question is about Lexa. Specifically, when did she become a drama queen.
That is a good and perceptive question, and there are a few answers. First of all, I teach middle school. And having fairly sudden changes is pretty normal. That happy, bubbly 6th grader can turn into a brooding 7th grader almost over night. But beyond that, Lexa has always had some dramatic tendencies. For example, there was a fight she and Melanie had in the beginning of The Kindling when they were trying to decide what to do about the teachers following them—I think that suggests or foreshadows the more dramatic incidents in Penumbras.
The thing about Lexa is that she is extremely dramatic. She lives her life in very vivid emotional terms--she is hot, or cold, high, or low, ecstatic, or discouraged--there isn't that much gray to her. In The Kindling, she was always extremely excited. She talks in long sentences without pausing much. In that book, she had just finished playing the lead in the school play, and everything about the Magi world was new and exciting—most of the time, things went her way.
In Penumbras, however, things start not going her way and so her mood shifts. We've all had times when we've perhaps over-reacted. And she doesn't mean t0 be a drama queen. She just feels things very strongly, and sometimes her responses are not carefully thought out because she's such a spontaneous person.
I will say that she’s very sorry for that now. Those last few chapters really put her through the ringer. Much of Book 3 is about her not only feeling remorse, but trying to fix some of the mistakes she made. In fact, in my own mind, Book 3 is called "The Redemption of Lexa Dell." That won't be the title--just how I see it.
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