I’m pretty sure there are many of us (like me!) who want to attend an Ivy League school. Some of you might actually be attending one this very moment (lucky you!) and some could have graduated from one. Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst follows the story of a girl who too wants to attend an Ivy League school – Princeton. Sarah too attended Princeton, so i asked her a few questions pertaining to her novel’s cover.
1. The title on the cover, is illustrated with thrones (i presume, they look like that to me). What the symbolic aspect of that?
I believe the idea was to have the word “Enchanted” look magical and for the word “Ivy” to look collegiate so that simply by looking at the title, you’d have the premise of the entire book: magic at Princeton.
2. The gargoyle is very freaky looking and seems to be trying to grab a hold of the protagonist Lily. Are there really these type of gargoyles in Princeton? I’m guessing it was an inspiration from Princeton?
The gargoyle on the cover isn’t in the book, though I think he’s AWESOME and that the artist (Sam Weber) did a fabulous job of capturing the mood of the book with him.
All of the gargoyles in the book are real. In fact, the Chained Dragon was my inspiration. He’s this tiny stone dragon hidden in an arch of other stone animals and vines, and he is looking out on the library plaza with the saddest eyes imaginable. As soon as I saw him, I thought, “I have to know his story!”
3. This is non-cover related — i’ve just always been curious about the Ivy League schools because it’s always been a dream to attend them myself. Umm…were there really any secret societies at Princeton? Where did your idea for the story formulate from?
Ahh, good question. Secret societies at Princeton… umm… well… *looks around and hides*
The central idea for ENCHANTED IVY was inspired by a campus legend: if you walk out the main gate of Princeton, you won’t graduate. I started thinking, What if there’s another reason you shouldn’t walk out the gate? What if walking out the gate transports you to an alternate, magical Princeton?
4. What does the dove on the cover represent?
The dove has just been startled into flight because his stone perch suddenly came to life… ENCHANTED IVY has a lot of talking gargoyles. And were-tigers. And dragons.
As you might have guessed, it is a completely autobiographical account of the college application process. Okay, it isn’t at all autobiographical. But it is about a girl who wants to get into Princeton. And about a hot guy who may or may not turn into a tiger…
Thanks so much for interviewing me!
When Lily enters the magical Princeton, she uncovers old betrayals and new dangers, and a chance at her dream becomes a fight for her life. Soon Lily is caught in a power struggle between two worlds, with her family at its center. In a place where Knights slay monsters, boys are were-tigers, and dragons might be out for blood, Lily will need all of her ingenuity and courage—and a little magic—to unite the worlds and unlock the secrets of her past and her future.