Authors Are My Rockstars

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It’s time for another Bookish Confession: Authors are my Rockstars.
This realization first dawned on me when I attended a book signing for Rainbow Rowell in Toronto last year. Lined up for hours ahead of time in order to get a good seat, and cheering loudly amongst a huge group of fellow fans, it felt like I was at a rock concert instead of a standing in the middle of a bookstore!

I know what you are probably thinking. You can’t possibly imagine a book tour being as epic and electrifying as a Katy Perry concert. Well, you’ve obviously never been to a book signing before (especially a John Green one)! Sure, there may not be 15 different costume changes or elaborate dance routines, but getting to meet the author of a book that you love can be pretty darn thrilling! Not to mention the fact that you are surrounded by a group of people who have also read and loved this author’s work too!

I mean, everyone has heard Katy Perry’s song “Roar” on the radio at least a hundred times, but how many people do you know who have devoured Ami McKay’s novel The Birth House, or who own every single book ever written by Jenny Han? Being surrounded by fellow readers who have devoured and loved the same books as you is pretty rare, and it makes it that much more exiting!

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Rainbow Rowell and me! ❤

Meeting an author can also be as nerve wracking as coming face to face with one of your favourite celebrities! Every time I go to a book signing I always try to plan what I’m going to say when it’s finally my turn at the front of the line. I imagine myself making some kind of smart and witty remark, or discussing the deep underlying themes of their work, but I always become so starstruck and tongue tied that the only thing that I manage to blurt out is “I LOVED YOUR BOOK!” before  quickly dashing away.

Despite being flustered and nervous around authors that I adore, I’ll still go to a book signing whenever I have the chance! While I’ve already met several of my favourite authors (including Rainbow Rowell, Veronica Roth, Ami McKay, and Jay Asher), there are still several others who I would LOVE to meet in person, like Margaret Atwood, Brian K. Vaughan, Brandon Sanderson, and Joseph Boyden!

Have you ever been to a book signing before? What authors do you consider rockstars? Who would you like to meet? Share your thoughts/opinions in the comments below!

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Jay Asher and me! 🙂

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Authors Are My Rockstars

  1. I have never been to a signing before… It’s something I’m desperate to do though. I’m right there with you when you say authors are like rockstars! I think I’d be just like you and only manage to spit out ‘your book is amazing!!!!’ Before running away. I wonder if anyone actually manages those witty/deep comments they plan??

  2. I definitely agree! The only book signing I’ve ever been to was Sarah Dessen. I hear about so many YA authors coming to Toronto but never make it down 😦 I plan on remedying this in the future!

  3. Woo! Love it. I also say authors are my rockstars. I’d much rather line up to see them and have the chance to chat to them (even if I sound like a bumbling idiot) than go to a concert (ok, I wouldn’t totally mind a concert lol). There is such a community feeling at signings and book events, isn’t there? After going to those two signings on back to back Mondays, I’m determined to make it to more! Love the post 🙂

  4. This is awesome :). It’s similar in a sense that you love music for many things, but one is how it connects with you and books do that in an exaggerated way. Sometimes meeting the kind face behind the words makes the work that much better (sometimes it’s the opposite but we’ll stay positive lol). Love this post!

  5. This is such a great post and I get it… I totally do. Meeting the people that created a plot that make us laugh, make us cry, etc is pretty rad. When we meet celebrities, it’s cool because you see them in magazines and on television/or at the movies, but they didn’t create the concept. Authors are the people that can string words together that can live on our shelves forever and so you’re right, there is nothing better than meeting them in person.

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