Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Justin Cronin

Hello everyone and welcome to another installment of Writer’s Quote Wednesday. a weekly blogging event hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading. Every week bloggers showcase their favorite inspirational quotes to help motivate and encourage each other to keep going and get those words out on the page.

My contribution for the week is from the New York Times bestselling author, Justin Cronin.

Cronin is an American author born and raised in New England. is a graduate Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has written four novels: Mary and O’Neil and The Summer Guest, as well as two of three books of a vampire trilogy: The Passage and The Twelve. He has won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Stephen Crane Prize, and the Whiting Writer’s Award.

In July 2007, Variety reported that Fox 2000 had bought the screen rights to Cronin’s vampire trilogy.

He now lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas where he is Professor of English at Rice University.

“If you are writing any book about the end of the world, what you are really writing about is what’s worth saving about it.”

— Justin Cronin

I chose this quote because it reminded me a lot of my favorite genre of book to read, dystopian. I think it all started with The Giver by Lois Lowry. I read it in middle school and even then I couldn’t shake the feeling that this book was about something beyond the characters in the novel and their actions. I knew whatever it was really about was important.

After that I read many more dystopian novels. I read 1984 by George Orwell, A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and more. I read over and over again about how the human race was going to take all of our current ills to new heights. I read how we were going to lose your sense of love, and family, and wonder, and individualism. We were going to lose our wonder, our minds, and our hope. We were going to forget what it means to be human.

Dystopian novels focus a lot on what we lost and how bad things get to remind us that we must be careful what we will trade for a little comfort and security. Dystopian novels teach us that nothing is worth losing our humanity over. They also remind us why those things are important. I think The Giver is especially good at that. Jonas, the main character, begins to question why his society has nothing like love. He wonders why there is no Christmas, or snow, or color.

Sometimes things that are different, or not easily definable, can be scary. Sometimes feelings can cause things to get complicated. Sometimes knowledge can be used the wrong way. Sometimes freedom mean the freedom to do the wrong thing. Does that mean we ought to get rid of those things? NO! Those things are the most important things. What happens in the tiny space of our minds, and the freedom to express it is a sacred thing and should never be lost.

It is the one thing worth saving above all else!

One day I hope to write a book about the things humans lost and why we ought never to have lost them in the first place. I hope to one day be a part of the elite class of writer’s who make up sad and hopeless futures for us all to overcome. I hope to give us hope again.

Biographical information via Cronin’s author site, Wikipedia, and Goodreads.

Original image via Wikimedia


5 Replies to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Justin Cronin”

  1. What a cool quote! I so agree with the quote. I usually find many of the dystopian novels depressing, although I do end up championing the spirit of the people involved. I just may take another look at that genre. Thanks for sharing this quote. It really makes you think! <3


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