I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.
SCARLET by Marissa Meyer
This will always be one of our favorite quotes in the Lunar Chronicles.
My initial concept for Kai’s character was much more arrogant and teasing, but after a couple drafts it just wasn’t working, and I realized I was trying to force him to be something that wasn’t authentic to who Kai would really be, growing up as the Crown Prince of the Eastern Commonwealth and knowing all of the problems—from the plague to the Lunars—that are facing his country and his people. So once I gave up on that initial concept of the arrogant prince and let him just be, he showed himself to be a much more honorable, loyal guy.
Marissa Meyer (x)