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My Dream Bookish Panels

Thursday, May 4, 2017


May 4, 2017

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

If you could pick the brains of your favourite authors, who would you choose?

This question weighs heavily on my mind, especially as of late as I am starting to really get into my writing. Sure, you can try to talk to your favourite novelists on twitter and instagram, but isn't it better to hear their words in person? I would think so! Which is why Book Conferences are the best things to ever be invented. Unfortunately I have never actually been to one, but hopefully that will change in the near future.


Now think of this: If you could CREATE your OWN bookish conference and it's panels, would you do it? Uh...YES. The team from Eventbrite are doing a project in which they are asking bloggers to create their own bookish panels and when I got the email asking if I wanted to do this, I was THRILLED. I think we all know that my obsession with books is probably not exactly healthy these days and to be honest, these types of post are basically only fueling that obsession. HOWEVER, I find that I don't care and I am still going to do it! Thank you to Eventbrite for letting me in on this project! Let us begin!

I would definitely want the conference to be held somewhere in New England with all those amazing libraries and historical sites. If you weren't aware, I am a huge history buff and I just can't help it! I created five panels because I just had too many ideas and the more the merrier, right!


For the first panel,  I chose "Followers of Fantasy", a collection of authors with imaginations that are beyond reality! The panel would consist of:

  • Sarah J. Maas | "Throne of Glass" and "A Court of Thorns and Roses"
  • Cassandra Clare | "Shadowhunter Chronicles" and "The Magisterium Series"
  • Ransom Riggs | "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"
  • Leigh Bardugo | "The Grisha Trilogy" and "Six of Crows Duology"
  • J.R.R Tolkien | "The Lord of the Rings", "The Hobbit", "The Silmarillion" etc

We would have to do some serious magic to resurrect the great J.R.R Tolkien, but that's why it's a dream panel, right? This collection of authors are some of my favourites and they understand fantasy in ways that I could never. Their novels are what dreams are made of. I would love to know how they came up with the different creatures in their novels and whether they pull from real life to create their characters. For moderator, I would have to go with George R. R. Martin because if anyone can keep all these amazing minds in check, it would be that man!


For the second panel, I went with "Stepping into Reality". A panel solely for contemporary authors who create their stories in the real world. By using modern references, readers are able to identify with characters better and compare and contrast with their own lives. This panel would include:

  • Stephen Chbosky | "The Perks of being a Wallflower"
  • Rainbow Rowell | "Fangirl", "Eleanor & Park", "Landline" etc
  • John Corey Whaley | "Highly Illogical Behavior"
  • Nicola Yoon | "Everything, Everything" and "The Sun Is Also a Star"

I never used to read contemporaries, but as of last year I have fallen in love with the genre and I hope to read even more. These authors are some of my favourite when it comes to this genre and I would love an opportunity to pick their brains. I would ask how they are able to integrate real-life scenarios into their novels and where their characters come from. Are they based on real people? Based on themselves? How do they choose where to set their stories? I think John Green would be a great moderator for this panel as I enjoy his take on contemporary as well!


I think this panel would be my favourite. I chose "Realm Building" because I find it is the most daunting aspect when it comes to writing. Creating a story is one thing, but building an entire world? That takes a master! My picks for this panel are:

  • J.K. Rowling | "Harry Potter"
  • Victoria Schwab | "This Savage Song" and "The Shades of Magic series"
  • Rick Riordan | "Percy Jackson and the Olympians", "Heroes of Olympus", "Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard" etc
  • Isaac Marion | "Warm Bodies", "The New Hunger", "The Burning World"
  • Leigh Bardugo | "The Grisha Trilogy" and "Six of Crows Duology" 
  • Cassandra Clare | "Shadowhunter Chronicles" and "The Magisterium Series"
  • Sarah J. Maas | "Throne of Glass" and "A Court of Thorns and Roses"

These masterminds have not only created amazing stories, but full-on worlds with mythology and history to go with them. Some, such as Riordan and Clare, are based on real world mythology, but still they are able to warp it into their favour and create stunning novels. Whether it's fantasy, sci-fi or dystopian, they have hit the mark. I mean, come on, Rowling is literally queen of world building! I would have another brilliant mind at world building moderate and that would be C.S. Lewis, author of "The Chronicles of Narnia". I just need to know the secrets and how they are able to build these places from the ground up. GIVE ME THE KNOWLEDGE!  


Now let's get into some even more fun stuff! I was also able to create panels of fictional characters and this makes me so happy! The first panel is "Killer Artists". Basically a collection of heroes who also have an artistic side. Art is essential and I am so happy these characters exist! This panel includes:

  • Clary Fairchild | "The Mortal Instruments" by Cassandra Clare (Drawing, Painting)
  • Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J. Maas (Piano)
  • Feyre Archeron | "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas (Painting) 
  • Luna Lovegood | "Harry Potter" by J.K Rowling (Painting, DIY)
  • Julian Blackthorn | "The Dark Artifices" by Cassandra Clare (Painting)
  • Jem Carstairs | "The Infernal Devices" by Cassandra Clare (Violin)

I would love to hear what this group had to say. Especially Clary and Feyre talking together! I also think Aelin and Jem would have a lot to talk about! They are such amazing and badass characters, but still they retain their artistic sides and I love it! I think Clary's mother, Jocelyn Fairchild, would be a great moderator! 


Finally, for my last panel I would have a group of characters who are IN CHARGE. I would want to know what goes through their heads and how they are able to keep calm in their fictional worlds! I would have:

  • Kaz Brekker | "Six of Crows Duology" by Leigh Bardugo
  • Alec Lightwood | "The Mortal Instruments" by Cassandra Clare 
  • Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J. Maas
  • Percy Jackson | "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" and "Heroes of Olympus" by Rick Riordan
  • Aragorn | "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  • Harry Potter | "Harry Potter" by J.K. Rowling 

How amazing would this panel be? So many conversations would interesting. Aragorn and Alec, Harry and Percy (Sass Battle), and Kaz and Aelin (My Favorite) would just be hilarious and very intense. Many could argue that Jace Herondale would outrank Alec, but I disagree. Alec has always been the underdog leader and I love that about him. I would have Dr. Watson from "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If Dr. Watson can reign in Sherlock, he can reign in this group of leaders. 

And that's it! I hope you liked my ideas for my dream panels! I would love to know who you would choose and the themes of said panels. I love when you guys are creative and this project is the way to do it! Feel free to comment your choices below! 

Thank You again to Eventbrite for letting me in on this! If you are interested in organizing or registering your own conferences, check out Eventbrite's registration online page to help you create your perfect event. I will see ya'll next time!

Keep on Readin'

- Haley

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