As a diehard bookworm and fangirl, there are some things I wish I could do, but can’t.
So I have to compromise and just dream.
But then Eventbrite, a place to plan your own conference through their registration online page, contacted me and asked me to write a post on the perfect panel of authors (or characters) that I’d love to see at a conference, and I of course jumped at this wonderful opportunity
who would be on your panel? your favorite authors?
- Rick Riordan: RR’s work will forever hold a place in my heart. Percy Jackson was to me what Harry Potter was to most children. I LOOOVE Percy and co. (PERCABETH!!!), and while his books now are somewhat getting too “young” for me, and not as good as his original, I will always enjoy reading his humorous work. He is #BOSS at sarcasm.
- J.K. Rowling: I read Harry Potter about two summers ago, and I loved it! (But don’t make me choose between PJO and HP.) I mean, I love it in a lovely-special-classic way. I fangirl about it of course, but like… LOWKEY. Or as lowkey as fangirling can get.
- Marie Lu: I loooove Marie Lu’s novels! Like the Legend trilogy ROCKS and DAY AND JUNE ARE MY BABIES. And while I didn’t like The Rose Society that much (because I thought it was too dark and HAVE YOU MET ME I LIKE DARK STUFF), The Midnight Star is one of four books ever to make me cry.* It is THAT special. *cries*
- Leigh Bardugo: So I have yet to read the Grisha trilogy (but I feel like I don’t want to because I won’t like it as much???) but SIX OF CROWS SLAYED. Like omg heists and morally grey anti-heros and just AGAHAGAG. I love these characters to death. (As in, they would literally kill me.)**
- Marissa Meyer: The Lunar Chronicles is AMAZING. NO DOUBT. I fangirl about the characters honestly, because have you met them. I honestly love them all (except Jacin is my least favorite) because they’re just so great??? Don’t make me choose, darling. *wields knife*
- V.E./Victoria Schwab: So this is when I realize that I passed “top 5 favorite authors” but PSSSSH NO ONE CARES. I mean. How could I not put this woman up here??? I’ve read The Archived series, and the Shades of Magic trilogy. And AGAHAHA my feeeeeeeeels.*** WHAT IS THIS SORCERY.
If these authors could all get together and talk about FANTASY (because obviously my favorite authors wrote fantasy at one point), that would be SO. COOL.
*I also got tears in my eyes for Champion, book 3 of the Legend trilogy, but THEY DIDN’T FALL SO I DON’T COUNT IT AS CRYING.
**Guess what. I got tears in my eyes for Crooked Kingdom too. THE HEARTBREAK.
***GASP. I teared up again during ACOL, but did I cry??? SURPRISE! No.
I just told you. I cannot choose favorite characters. Basically I would ask for all the characters from the above authors’ books to come (ESPECIALLY THE DEAD ONES). I’d just ask them some random a question (like What would you do if you had one day to live?) and then SIT BACK and watch the sass explode.
what questions would you ask?
To the authors:
- What inspires you to write?
- Where do you get the motivation to keep writing?
- What advice would you give writers trying to get noticed by publishing companies? Writers in general?
- HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH SUCH AMAZING CHARACTERS AND PLOTS AND SETTINGS AND BASICALLY NOVELS???
To the characters:
- What is your greatest wish? Your deepest regret?
- What do you love and hate about the world you live in?
- How do you wish your story ends? (WHO LIVES WHO DIES WHO TELLS YOUR STORYYYYY.)
- And finally, why and how are you so amazing???
who would moderate?
- Definitely me of course.
- And any friends of mine who likes these authors.
- Also I would love to see Becky Albertalli and some other contemporary authors moderate because FANTASY CONTEMPORARY FUSION WHOA.
where would it take place?
My ideal place would be NYC because look. That’s where all the publishing companies are, all right??? Also ideally, it would take place near me. Preferably like really close to me. In my house. Around my bed. You know, so I can just lie there with my socks and books and have a safe place to land when I faint.
Realistically though… probably in one of these author’s worlds. Because wouldn’t that just be cool???
Lol May how is that REALISTICALLY.
how long would it be?
FOREVER (and everly) OF COURSE.
what would the event schedule be?
- Autographs and book signing. Obviously the authors will also sign mango bags for the broke mango queens who don’t own books by their favorite authors. *cue agonized screaming*
- Also get free books from the author. Only for the broke mango queens of course. Because 1) they’re broke, 2) the dear authors pity them, and 3) FREE BOOKS.
- Eat. Why not???
- Ask the questions and such. Because apparently the purpose of conferences like these are to TALK and DISCUSS instead of SCREAM and FANGIRL.
- Take selfies and bookish pics. Some people need proof that broke mango queens met famous authors. HOW DARE THEY DOUBT.
- Eat more food. Like cookies. And ice cream. And cookies and cream ice cream.
- Get the characters to fight. Pretty much all of my favorite authors wrote about characters that can physically fight somehow. BUT VERBAL FIGHTS ARE GREAT TOO. #sass
- Preserve the smell of these famous authors and characters. In jars. With labels. Because #organization.
- Eat again. To help us forget about our grief over the conference being over. (We apparently can’t prolong it for forever and everly.)
Also, because this post is already doing some #promo, the wonderful Mahriya asked me to spread the word that The Artistics blog is looking for new members! All you have to do is follow the instructions in this post. This is a great way to get your creativity out, whether it be through writing, photography, or graphic design!
(Or, you know, dreaming about book conference panels.)
what authors or characters would be on YOUR dream bookish panel? any ideas where it would take place? have you checked out the artistics blog? (or possibly joined it???) AND DO YOU LIKE COOKIES AND CREAM ICE CREAM. i dare you to say no.