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I can't thank movellas enough for the opportunities and inspiration I've had since joining the site! In 2014 I managed to win a place in an amazing writing Masterclass (and private interview) with the bestselling author of the 'Uglies' series- Scott Westerfeld- when he came to London on a 2-day tour... a massive, massive thank you to movellas for that truly inspirational experience <3 We asked him as many of your questions as we could, so now I'm excited to reveal all the advice we managed to squeeze from what was genuinely one of the most exciting days of my life. This magazine also contains a bunch of other things to do with writing, reading and movellas. Ever wanted access to all of Movellas an secrets, top tips and guidance in one place? I hope this helps :D *I'd also like to give a big thanks to my wonderfully supportive and friendly movellians that have helped with this: HeartTaunter, Raven711, Writer_Girl, Jade.P and so many more! :)

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16. The Inpiration Behind Uglies

Uniqua Niques: What gave you the idea for 'Uglies'?

Scott's answer: A friend of mine moved to LA for his new job, he was a New Yorker like me, and sort of didn’t want to go there. The way he dealt with this was by writing long emails back to us describing the strange ways of the Los Angelinos. One of them was about the first time he went to the dentist. So he went to the dentist and at first it was a perfectly ordinary dentistry. But then at the end she told him that she really needed to speak to him in her office. He thought ‘holy crap, I’ve got mouth cancer!’ or whatever, but he went back to her office she she was sitting behind a big desk, plaques on the walls, folding her arms. ‘I have a serious question for you. Where do you want your teeth to be in 5 years?’ she said and he replied ‘in my mouth?’’ But she continued, ‘no, seriously, I think we need a 5-year-plan’ and he didn’t know what she was talking about. You know, he was like ‘I don’t need a 5-year-plan for any of my body parts!’

Basically what she was saying was that he had regular New York teeth but he needed movie star teeth because he’s in LA now. And for the rest of the day as he was walking around he noticed that the people around him all had these Movie Star teeth. Basically, he realised that this was a culture where that was the norm. That just got me thinking about what it’d be like if everyone was on a 5-year-plan and, of course, I got the idea that everyone gets it at the same time, at the same stages of life, where you get plastic surgery. So that’s basically how I got the idea for ‘Uglies’.

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