The castaway and Elf warrior turns author with kids’ book The Squickerwonkers
Evangeline Lilly gives us the lowdown on The Squickerwonkers.
“I originally wrote a poem called The Squickerwonkers when I was 14 years old. At the time my mom was like, ‘ You should publish that, it’s fantastic’, and I thought she was just being my mom. It wasn’t until years later when I was working on The Hobbit that I discovered Weta Workshop. [ Illustrator] Johnny Fraser Allen showed me a concept painting and it just encapsulated everything I thought The Squickerwonkers should be and then some.”
DRAWN TO DO I T
“Writing the book was absolutely a two- way process. Everything Johnny drew would inspire something new in me as a writer, and I would go back and rewrite the story according to the stuff that I loved in his pictures. And the stuff that I wasn’t so in love with in his drawings he was so quick and willing to say that he would change it. There was a constant back and forth. I rewrote it at least 15 times just because of his illustrative process.”
“It was totally liberating that Tauriel was a new character [ for the Hobbit movies]. I was, of course, aware that I would be under deeper scrutiny because people would be wanting to hate her, but once the decision was made to do it, then it was nothing but a blessing. At that point it was all about, ‘ Let’s create the best character possible so that people have to fall in love with her,’ instead of, ‘ How do I live up to 50 years of people envisioning this character?’”
ANT AND CHECK
“I did a bunch of research before Ant- Man. It helped me decide whether or not to take the job, because I’d never heard of Ant- Man – I thought it was something ridiculous that Marvel was making up! But I’ve just found out that Elijah Wood never read The Lord Of The Rings. I couldn’t believe it, but I guess they are two different things. If you’ve read your script and understand your character, you really don’t need to have read the source material.”
The Squickerwonkers is published on Tuesday 18 November. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is out on Friday 12 December.