You guys, I need some help. There's an author event coming up this weekend, and I can't decide if I want to go or not! There aren't many author events in my area -- since I started this blog, I've gone to see Maureen Johnson, Lisa Genova and Marissa Meyer. All of them were great: I had book(s) signed by the author, got to chat a bit and had my picture taken. I always feel like I'm meeting a celebrity and I get so giddy and excited to be meeting these amazing people IN REAL LIFE.
So, I found out recently that Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi are coming to my area. I immediately thought, "No WAY! This is going to be AMAZING!" And then I found out more about the event. Basically, I can only meet the authors if I buy one of their books on the day of the event. I already own both trilogies in full, so the only books that I could buy would be novellas, neither of which I had really planned on reading. There's only 200 wristbands being given out on the day of the event, to the people who have purchased books. So unless I plan on being there super early (which is unlikely), my chances of snagging one of those wristbands is pretty slim. Even if I do manage to get a wristband, I can have the book that I bought personalized, and only one other book by the author signed, which kind of sucks. If I'm going to get one book from the series signed, it would kind of be nice to have all of them signed, you know?
I'm not entirely sure if I want to go ... and I'm feeling torn. On the one hand, I want to show my support for these writers, whose series I enjoyed, even if they're not the top of my all-time favourites list. On the other hand, I do understand that there's the potential for everyone to want to have 6 to 8 books each signed, which could result in a ridiculously line-up.
But then, a couple of weeks later, Kristen & P.C. Cast are coming to the very same Chapters location and personalizing copies of the last book in the House of Night series. The event is on a first-come, first-served basis, and they will also sign ALL OTHER COPIES of their previous books. Personally, I haven't read the entire series (I think I stopped a couple books shy of the latest one), but this kind of author event has motivated me to put the last two books on hold at the library so that I can finish the series and, if I feel like it on the day of the event, even buying a copy of the final book, just so that I can meet them! That, to me, is what an author event should be about.
In conclusion, I understand that both Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi are hugely successful writers and, as such, they can place these types of rules on their event, but it seems disappointing as a reader that I'd have to jump through these hoops in order to meet them. I might go and just hear them speak, and skip the whole wristband debacle, but I'm undecided at this point.
Have you seen/met either of these two authors? Should I make the trip to the event? Leave me a comment below -- I really need your help in figuring this one out!