Recently, I was inspired by the lovely people at Eventbrite who asked me who I would want to see at my dream book convention? Dedicated readers will know I’m a huge fan of YALC and I spend way too much time dreaming about attending BEA or YALLWEST over in the U S of A, so it got me thinking… who would I *really* want to see? And what would I want them to discuss?
(And also, why haven’t I purchased my ticket to YALC yet?!)
I’d like to see a panel on world building with authors who really know their stuff when it comes to creating weird and wonderful fantasy worlds. This panel would be all about writing fantasy, world-building and lots of tips for the audience on how each author works. We’d need only the best for this one so I’d pick:
- V E Schwab, author of the Darker Shades of Magic trilogy
- Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer
- George R R Martin, author of the Song of Ice and Fire series
I’ve been reading some super huge books recently, and so I’d like a panel with authors of some huge books to discuss writing fantasy, writing a huge quantity and how they have built their worlds. This panel would focus on authors who publish big books at a superhuman speed and so would feature:
- Sarah J Maas, author of the ACOTAR and Throne of Glass series
- Cassandra Clare, author of the Shadowhunters’ many series
- Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn trilogy, among many others
You can’t have a hyped book convention without some elusive authors with an exclusive talk. This panel would focus on the price and pressure of fame after a super hyped book, and their decision to stay in/out of the limelight. This would be the panel everyone would be clamoring to go to and would feature:
- Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series
- Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games
- J K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series
So many fantasies focus on royalty, and I think a panel focusing on the challenges and fun of writing about princesses, princes, kings and queens would be an interesting addition. I’d go for an range of authors, including:
- Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries
- Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles
- Renee Ahdieh, author of the Wrath and the Dawn duology
Now, I don’t think a book convention would be nearly as good without bookish friends and a heap of the amazing UKYA authors which have always made YALC such a special time. These authors I would probably listen to talk about Quorn cocktail sausages, but I’m sure they could come up with a few interesting themes between them!
- Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones
- Non Pratt, author of Truth or Dare
- Sara Barnard, author of A Quiet Kind of Thunder
- Catherine Doyle, author of the Mafiosa trilogy
- Holly Smale, author of the Geek Girl series
- Lisa Williamson, author of All About Mia
- Alice Oseman, author of Radio Silence
- Sarah Crossan, author of One
- Holly Bourne, author of the Spinster trilogy
- and so so many more amazing authors!
I’d love to see panels on topics such as diversity, mental health, feminism, disability, politics in YA, dystopias, LGBTQ, and so many more – I think sometimes the topic of the panel is what makes it so interesting rather than necessarily the speakers.
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So there are a few of my dream book panels! Who would you want to see? What would they talk about? Would you like to see some of my panels? Comment below, tweet me at @annalisebooks or create your own post – I’d love to know!