I’m calling to you, my readers, to tell you what I’ve been up to.
You might have heard of London Film and Comic Con. If you’re into your comics and/or your movies and books then perhaps you’ve gone to conventions.
2014 saw the arrival of the UK’s first ever Young Adult Literature Convention (or YALC for short. Which made me think of talc…I dunno.) And it was not at all as bad as I expected. Don’t get me wrong, I know the authors that went are so good and well respected, but when it comes to the UK and conventions, I’m always a little sceptical. Run by Malorie Blackman, it was certainly impressive. She truly deserves a medal for the organisation and set up. My first comment though would be that I actually wished it had been bigger. More stalls, more…bedazzle, I guess. I’m hoping there might be another YALC sometime in the future but in its own venue because sharing the chaos that is LFCC was horrendous.
I went to quite a few talks, mostly all on the Sunday (I was ill and didnt fancy the crowds) and wow, the panels were fun. With the likes of Sophie McKenzie and Meg Rosoff…what could go wrong? The conversations went deep sometimes, but also there was much funny banter between the authors which is always nice to see. And hear.
When it came to signings, I was both successful and not. The organisation for LFCC was awful, especially for space and so it was hard to know where to queue for what. Luckily I had my mother in tow so she queued for me while I ended up stuck somewhere.
I missed seeing Rainbow Rowell (I am a massive fan of Fangirl) because I thought I had time to go to the toilets (the queues for those were enormous!) And by the time I found mum again, she’d already had the books signed for me.
To say I broke down after all the stress of the day, the HEAT, and the tiredness, would be an understatement.
Oh, yeah i mentioned the heat thing, right? Was it hot in there? WAS IT?
Uhhhhm…. you could say so!
Hehe what a cool use for SPN gif! Burrrrn baby burn, DISCO INFERNO! Sorry…going off track.
So okay, it wasn’t all bad in the end. Sunday was better, as I’d said. I got some books. I also got some freebies, which is ALWAYS nice. At the end of the Sunday, they were giving loads out, but because of time…well, I couldn’t KEEP going around and around in the queue just to pick up 1 at a time. I mean, come on!
I wanted to browse the merchandise but sadly we ran out of time and had to leave. 🙁 But it was one of those experiences where I both hated it but also loved it because being surrounded by so many people who enjoy the same things as me makes me proud and happy. I saw so many cosplayers it began to freak me out. I think there must have been hundreds of spidermen. Haha.
So now you know. And oh, just in case you’re wondering, I am recovering from my cold. I’ll be able to actually get some reading done soon. Oh, I almost forgot.
It’s GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
I’ll have more information up soon, but if you fancy winning signed copies of Fangirl and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, I suggest you keep checking this site.
But for now, GOODBYYYYYYYE!
XX Kat XX
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