I live in India where there are very few bookish events and in those events, the authors are usually ones whose books I haven’t read so I don’t go to well, any. Every year I see blog posts and vlogs of people going to book conventions and meeting their favourite authors and getting their books signed by them. I am very jealous of that! I’d love to see panels of my favourite authors and listening to them talk about their writing styles, their experiences and so much more. Since the chances of my actually seeing a panel in real life are next to zero, I thought to just make this post about some of the bookish panels I’d like to witness.
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The High Fantasy Panel
- Sarah J Maas
- Laini Taylor
- J R R Tolkien
- Roshani Chokshi
Why: All of these authors have very different writing styles but they’ve all created worlds that are entirely their own and it would be so interesting to know what their inspirations were, how long did it take to build their unique worlds and just. how. are. they. so. creative. whut.
Where this panel should take place: Middle Earth. Duh.
The Fantasy Panel
- Queen JK Rowling
- Queen Cassandra Clare
- Rick Riordan
- Erin Morgenstern
Why: Along the same lines as the previous one, HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH THESE THINGS? How do they build these beautiful worlds and seamlessly integrate them into the real world. Is it harder to write low fantasy because they still need to preserve some elements of realism?
Where this panel should take place: Hogwarts. Idris. Camp Half-Blood. The Night Circus. Any of these places is fine by me!
The Romance Panel
- Stephanie Perkins
- Sarah Dessen
- Jenny Han
- Rainbow Rowell
Why: I really want to know how each of them manage to strike the perfect balance between having really cute stories without being too cheesy and cliche.
Where this panel should take place: Paris? Cos City of Love and all that.
The Mental Health Panel
- Holly Bourne
- Claire LaZebnik
- Sara Barnard
- Jay Asher
Why: I’ve been really liking books that feature mental illnesses because they give such a unique insight into the minds of people going through them. I’m interested to know what kind of research went into the writing of their stories, are they speaking from experience, why did they want to write about mental illnesses.
Where this panel should take place: Anywhere! Everywhere! Hogwarts?
The Diversity in YA Panel
- Riley Redgate
- Renee Ahdieh
- Nicola Yoon
Why: Diversity in literature is so important and it would be so interesting to hear about the authors’ experience writing about atypical main characters.
Where this panel should take place: New York. I’ve never been but it seems to be this wonderful place where people from all around the world, of different races, religions, backgrounds and ethnicities congregate. 🙂
The Rainbow Panel
- Jandy Nelson
- Nina Lacour
- Becky Albertalli
Why: Love is love! ❤ I’d like to hear their thoughts on the importance of showing non-straight relationships in YA literature.
Where this panel should take place: EVERYWHERE! Cos you should be able to love who you want from wherever you are 🙂
Who would be on your dream panel?