Hello fellow readers! I hope each and every one of you had an amazing holiday with your family and friends! I’m off today which leaves me some much needed time for reading and winding down after the craziness that was Christmas 2016!
Today I am joining forces with Eventbrite and bringing you a really awesome topic, My Dream Book Panel/Conference. If you aren’t familiar with Eventbrite, they are the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps to connect users with things like concerts, conferences, tournaments, expos, and much more. I have personally used Eventbrite to purchase tickets for Comic Con so I was really excited to particiapate when they reached out to me with this idea. You can visit their conference management page by clicking here: Eventbrite Conference Page, if you are interested in finding out about any events happening in your neck of the woods! There is also an App you can download that I find really helpful. Also please note that I did not get paid for this post or anything like that, I just thought this was a really interesting, fun topic!
In a way, planning my dream conference or panel is a really difficult thing for me. Why, you ask. Because, decisions…decisions. Honestly my first reaction is to literally give my dream panel; as in it could honestly only happen in my dreams because it involves fictional characters! But a girl can dream, right?
I have talked about my favorite author about a million times on this blog but my dream panel would be to have my favorite author, Anne Rice on a panel with some of my favorite characters that she created.
My dreams would come true if I could see her on a panel with the Vampire Lestat from her Vampire Chronicles series. This panel would literally be a thing of beauty. Of course I would want her to discuss how she got her ideas for creating these robust, elegant, eccentric characters that the world has fallen in love with and that I have carried with me since my childhood. I would love to hear and see them interact with each other. It would be fascinating and wonderful. Of course in my mind, the Vampire Lestat still looks like Tom Cruise from the movie so hey, if Tom agreed to get in character for the duration of the panel, it could happen right? Anyway, even just hearing her talk about any of her books and characters would be a dream for me so a panel with her and other horror or fantasy writers would also be wonderful.
In my mind this panel would be part of a larger conference (even though this specific panel would be the highlight for me!) It could be a conference on Anne Rice and her works or even a general conference on fantasy and horror literature. The Anne Rice conference would of course spotlight her and all of her works featuring panels on individual series like the Vampire Chronicles, The Mayfair Witch series and her work under Anne Rampling. It could feature the graphic novels based on her writing and the movies based on them as well. It could also feature a panel on what is next for her Vampire world, which by now the whole world knows that her and her son Christopher Rice are working on creating a television show based on the series. (Can you tell how excited I am about this dream panel idea?)
Even this panel being part of a larger conference on the horror and fantasy genres would be amazing. My dream panels for this would include a panel of horror writers like Stephen King, Tom Holland, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker and we must not forget R.L. Stine! There could also be fantasy panels for which my dream panel would be writers of fantasy books based off of video games like Warcraft or Dragon Age. Another awesome panel idea would be to have a panel with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien who were great friends and would probably make a wonderful panel team. I would love to hear about their writing process and where they got the ideas for their different works and would love to hear them give writing tips and plotting tips to would be writers.
My list of panels could literally go on and on because this is such an awesome topic. I had never actually thought of this before but now that I am, my imagination just literally ran with it. But yes, my ultimate dream panel would feature Anne Rice and the Vampire Lestat conversing with each other and the audience. It would be magnificent.
I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing and exploring this idea. I am sure all of you have your own dream panels. Let me know some of them if you would like, I would definitely be interested in hearing about them and whether you have used Eventbrite or plan to. Thanks for listening!
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