Armchair BEA: Day 2, Author Interaction & More Than Just Words
Well, being the blogging noob that I am, I haven’t had much opportunity to interact with authors . . . YET. I’m attending Dragon Con at the end of August, and there will be a multitude of authors there. I’m going to need an entirely separate bag for the books I want signed—Leigh Bardugo, Cinda Williams Chima, Diana Peterfreund, Faith Hunter, and that’s just the beginning. SO. That will be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Of the few interactions I have had, I’ll admit to doing the fangirl dance when my favorite author (Ilona Andrews) retweeted my review of Clean Sweep. Now the plan is to make it to the RT Convention next year, and meet her in person. I’ve had a twitter conversation with Marie Rutkoski, and Jennifer Estep commented on my review of Rebel Belle<——another big fangirl moment, but that’s it so far. And yeah, those are small things in comparison to real life interactions, but I still think it’s pretty dang cool. See! There are definite perks to noob-ness—you still get ridiculously excited about the little things.
More Than Just Words:
There are a variety of ways to enhance the reader experience beyond words on a page, and in my circle of blogger friends, the most popular way is the audiobook. Sadly, for me, this isn’t a great option. I have auditory ADD, and even when I’m determined to focus on listening to a book, I constantly have to jerk myself out of the zoned-out stupor I continually find myself in. I recently had a bit more luck with Sabriel by Garth Nix, but I give the credit to Tim Curry, who is as awesome a narrator, as he is creepy a clown/spider thing. I have read a few graphic novels, but I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a huge fan—I don’t go looking for new graphic novels to read on a regular basis . . . or ever.
BUT if one of my favorite authors puts out one as an addition to a series (this happens a LOT in UF), I will get it. The first time I did this, it was entirely the product of my OCD—if I love a series, I MUST know everything about the series, and if there’s new information to be found in a graphic novel, then by golly, I will read that graphic novel. But I found that I enjoyed it. Everyone imagines what characters look like while they’re reading, but mostly (for me) it’s a vague impression. Even when an author reveals a dream cast, real life people don’t always live up to our imaginations. Graphic novels are kind of a happy medium. Most of the time, the author works closely with the artist, so the characters can look exactly like what the author wants them to look like. I’d rather have an accurate illustration of a favorite MC than a kinda-sorta-but-not-really real life comparison.
How about you? How do you feel about graphic novel interpretations of beloved book characters verses dream casts?