Marie Lu’s one of my favorite writers of all time. I mean, she wrote Champion, one of the books that made me cry rivers. So far, I’ve enjoyed all of her books, so I was over the moon when I found out she was coming to our country.
So, I did mention doing a recap of Marie Lu’s book signing here in the Philippines… And this is it. This post will be sort of a rant, in a way. If you’re looking for an informative recap rather than me raging and slightly recapping, you can check out Shannelle’s recap of the event instead.
Anyway, I got to the registration area at around 7:45 am (the actual registration starts at 10 am), and already I was the 299th person in line. There were almost 800 bookworms who attended! Holy hell, the first person in line got there at 9:30 in the morning… ONE DAY EARLY. Girl, you are nuts. But that’s dedication, so hooray for you!
In line for the registration, I finally talked to Shannelle (The Art of Escapism) in a not-so-awkward manner! She was really nice and filled in the silence when I had nothing to say (which is, unfortunately, a lot of times). I have no idea how I’m so chatty online and so confused in real life…
After that, Dyan and I (see, we’re partners in crime during signings) met up with another friend, Megs. We had a quick lunch and ran back to the signing area to get some good seats. Our spot was on the 2nd floor, and we were able to SEE Marie, but we COULND’T FREAKING HEAR ANYTHING SHE WAS SAYING. After how many signings, the place still had an awful sound system. All the people around us were going, “What’s she saying?!” and I couldn’t answer them.
The actual signing began at around 2:40, although I’m not so sure since I didn’t have a watch. By the time 5:50 rolled in, it was finally my turn. HURRAH! So I told Marie about how much I loved her books, and that I made a poster for her which she wasn’t allowed to sign, unfortunately. I know it was in the banner that she wasn’t allowed to sign non-book items, but I still don’t know why they aren’t allowed.
Moving on. I would’ve liked to talk more to Marie, especially about how much Champion made me cry, and about how fantabulous she is for being Chinese (I’m full Chinese!) and how she’s married to a Filipino (my nationality!), but the staff members practically shooed me out. Well, then. Personally, I think booknerds would want each individual to talk to the author, since they waited for hours to meet her!
Another problem I had: The staff only allowed one book to be personalized. The hell, people? If you guys remember my Stephanie Perkins book signing recap, all the books I got signed were personalized (only with the reader’s name–no message). This sucked, honestly.
That’s it. My brain’s spazzing out. Here are the books I got signed (and another paperback of The Young Elites for my cousin–not in the photo) with the poster I made.
Another small disappointment: I was supposed to meet up with Abby (Enthralling Reads) since we’ve been talking about it for ages, but sadly, the signing left me drained and I had to leave early, so I wasn’t able to talk to her. *cries* We’ll meet for sure some other time, girl.
How are book signings done where you guys lived? Have you had a bad experience at a book signing?
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.