Okay so i went to London Film and Comic Con which was on at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London on 12th and 13 of July.
and for the first time ever
they had AUTHORS!!!
YALC– Young Adult Literature Conference
they had talks and workshops, freebies, you could buy books and MEET AUTHORS and yeah. however i didn’t get the early bird entry so i didn’t get tickets to any of the talks or workshops. but apparently you could hardly hear much coz it’s so noisy at the comic con
there were some interesting talks that i wanted to go to about blogging and fans but ah well i wasn’t too bothered.
i saw loads of cool cosplayers…Marceline from Adventure Time, Effie Trinket, Blossom from the PPG, loads of superheroes and characters from TV shows/movies. saw lots of Elsas and Annas and i saw someone as Hans and i said ‘no one likes you’…i don’t think he heard though lol.
there were loads of authors on the first day. the queue for Rainbow Rowell was totes cray cray but i wasn’t bothered coz i was gonna se eher on Monday at Waterstones. also the queue for Malorie Blackman but i have met her before so yeah.
the main person i wanted to see was PATRICK NESS…
if you don’t know who Patrick Ness is then well…
HE HAS WRITTEN THE CHAOS WALKING TRILOGY (ONLY ONE OF MY FAVOURITE TRILOGIES EVER. MANCHEE…*SOBS*)
A Monster Calls (THIS IS GONNA BE A MOVIE GO READ IT NOW)
The Crane Wife
and More Than This (which i have yet to read…)
so i was like
BECAUSE I WAST SUPPOSED TO MEET HIM LAST YEAR AT WATERSTONES BUT I GOT THE DATE WRONG AND SAT THERE CRYING COZ I DIDN’T GET TO MEET PATRICK NESS.
so it was a beautiful moment
in the queue i met some cool peeps
we were all just like
i met him.
i gave him a little present that i had saved from last year…i love to get authors presents and write them a little letter saying thank you for writing such incredible books that have touched my soul and have changed me forever. it’s just giving them a little something to say thank you for what THEY gave me.
then he SIGNED MY BOOKS AND I TOLD HIM I HATE HIM COZ OF MANCHEE BUT I LOVE HIM COZ HIS BOOKS ARE AMAZING
and he showed us a picture of HIS NEW KITTY NUNCLE OMG HOW ADORBS.
this is what my friend said to him …yes HE DOES IN FACT DRINK THE TEARS OF CHILDREN…IT KEEPS HIM YOUNG. I KNEW IT.
so all in all the first day of YALC was amazing coz i met some lovely people
Sabeen and Priya
then i went home and wouldn’t stop singing about HOW I MET PATRICK NESS
and then he TWEETED A PICTURE OF MY PRESENT AND I DIED FROM FEELS
then the next day i also went to YALC coz i really wanted to meet Sally Gardner, Sara Manning, Phil Earle and Sally Green!
Sally Gardner has written some of the BEST books i have EVER read:
- I, Coriander is one of my fave books
- Double Shadow
- The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade
- Maggot Moon (need to read this)
- Tinder ( i need to read this)
she was so lovey…in fact ALL THE AUTHORS WERE SO NICE AND FRIENDLY and just wonderful.
Adorkable by Sara Manning: ‘so glad you like my homegirl Jeane. Keep Blogging. Sarah xxx’
The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle: ‘Don’t Burst’
Half Bad by Sally Green: ‘It’s a one trick cage’
the queues were SO LONG i’m so glad i met Holly Black before coz her queue was ridiculous! and the queue for Holly Smale (Geek Girl) was insane so i just looked around Comic Con for an Adventure Time shirt…and i didn’t find one. =(
SO THANK YOU MALORIE BLACKMAN FOR ORGANISING YALC AND I REALLY HOPE THERE WILL BE ANOTHER ONE NEXT YEAR. maybe at a different venue so it will be more like BookCon in the US.
and then I HAD RAINBOW ROWELL TO LOOK FORWARD TO ON MONDAY!
Rainbow Rowell was there too but here queue was so long…anyways i got to meet her at Waterstones Picadilly!
Rainbow Rowell in convo with Bim (@bimadew) who is awesome
and it was so funny Rainbow is hilarious and so is Bim and they talked about all of her books and fangliring and fanfiction and blogging etc
- Eleanor and Park was difficult to write
- she loved writing Fangirl and Simon Snow fanfic
- she doesn’t read fanfic of her own books in case she wants to come back to the characters
- she loves Sherlock and ships johnlock
- her next book is set in the UK and is gonna be a fantasy novel
- Lincoln from Attachments is close to her heart…when you’re in your 20s and still figuring out what you want to do
- she’s a hopeless romantic and loves cute love stories
- her favourite love story is sherlock and watson
- she loves Stephanie Perkins and David Levithan books
- Landline is about marriage and how difficult it can be
- no she would not tell us what those 3 words are
- she is going to write the screenplay for the E&P movie
- she didn’t want E&P to be a movie because she was scared of what hollywood would turn it into but then she realised there aren’t that many films where you see a big red headed girl kissing a small asian (oriental) dude (*cough* lack of representation in Hollywood)
so it’s been a wonderful book-filled weekend!
oh and my friend got me this top for my birthday: Perfect Boys Only Exist In Books
and i wore it to the Rainbow Rowell event…
so basically i had such a great weekend Alhamdulilah i was like
i also bought Throne of Glass by Sarah J.Mass which is a fantasy novel kind of like Graceling by Kristin Cashore so i am excited to read that.
I’ve only read 11 books from my Summer Book Haul…so i will need to catch up on my reviews!
Hope you are having a lovely summer or winter wherever you are. it is surprisingly hot in London!
Alhamdulilah i am so grateful to be blessed with so much…my love for books, the ability to blog about it and connect with fans all over the world and to meet authors.
if you have twitter it’s easy to stay up to date on the latest book news…just follow bloggers or bookshops or publishers!
i know David Levithan, Lauren Oliver (i don’t think she’s coming to London though!) and Harukami Murakami are both coming to the UK in August and Michael Grant is supposed to come in October. but if you’re fans of any of them and live in the UK then don’t miss this opportunity! =D
check out this video: Book Nerd Problems: Buying Too Many Books
my friend Lily wrote an awesome article on why she loves YA
and why readers are the best people to fall in love with...*cough* just saying 😉
Anyhew, THANKS for checking out my blog!
you can check out the rest of her Book Collages here
PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D