Imagine a literary conference is taking place in your area, where authors would gather and discuss their works with their readers, but the organizers are in a frenzy because… they don’t know who they should invite! Knowing you are, obviously, an avid bookworm, they turn to you for suggestions on who to invite for this conference. And here is the chance you’ve been waiting for : to select any author you would want, to create your perfect author panel!!!!
Eventbrite, the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events, is working on a really cool project that invites readers, just like you and me, to dream up a fantasy panel of authors that they would like to meet and hear speak at a conference! 🙂 Considering how awesome this idea is, I was so excited to jump in the train!
What I need now is magic to raise some people from the dead………..
LET’S GET INTO THE MAGIC, SHALL WE?
For the world they created
- J. R. R. Tolkien. First and foremost, I need to put the author of my favorite series on my list. Middle Earth is… groundbreaking. I have no words to express my love of Tolkien’s creation. I wouldn’t be a dreamer without him.
- C. S. Lewis. For the same reasons as Tolkien, with less passion but no less admiration. Narnia would be the perfect world for my childhood.
For their own growth and still-growing influence
- J. K. Rowling. She’s still alive and still has our young hearts sleeping at Hogwarts. By what I can see of her public activities (and tweets), she seems like a wise and kind woman, and so I would love to hear her speak.
- Khaled Hosseini. His novels struck me deeply by what I think must be first-hand experience, or otherwise a deep, detailed knowledge and empathy towards the people in his stories.
For the way their words flow like honey
- Anna-Marie McLemore. Her writing is simply gorgeous and surreal.
- Erin Morgenstern. The circus still unfolds in my dreams, the tricks still mesmerize my mind, and the wonder still tugs at my heart.
- Charles Baudelaire. Mainly for his beautiful poems, which were the subject of my admiration since high school. So beautifully written and evocative, they struck a chord in me.
For the ideas they awaken
- Ursula K. Le Guin. Omelas is an intense and deeply affecting short story, and I’m still trying to find anything that is similar because I can’t get enough.
- Mitch Albom. All his stories feel profoundly personal and yet universal. You can’t get out of this unscathed.
- L.M. Montgomery. Oh, Anne. How you coloured my youthful mind! How free-spirited I aspired to be!
For their impeccable stories
- Christopher Paolini. Eragon was a thrilling and incredible fantasy read that I would recommend to anyone!
- Markus Zusak. From the narrator to the protagonist, Zusak intrigued me to the last page.
- Erika Johansen. I wasn’t even at half her novel that I knew it would be one of my favorite series.
- Leigh Bardugo. Bardugo managed to get my heart beating for her refreshing and yet grim story of badass criminals.
- Kelley Armstrong. Armstrong succeeded in both YA fantasy and Fantasy, and in both times I was in love.
For their prestige and impact on literature
- Charles Dickens.
- William Shakespeare.
- Oscar Wilde.
For their personal stories and thought process
- Agatha Christie. Her mysteries… how…….???…..
- Ian Fleming. Did you know the rumour about him having had a spy training? Yes I’d like to know more about that as well.
- Homer. Come on. We all want to know where he got his ideas.
For the fangirling
- Sarah J. Maas.
- Marie Lu.
- Julie Kagawa.
- Suzanne Collins.
- Cassandra Clare.
Alriiiiiight. I counted 26. Is that toooo much? No it’s not, because it’s my DREAM PANEL. Please bear in mind that I put them in categories that are relevant to ME. It doesn’t mean that, for example, Charles Baudelaire doesn’t have prestige, okay? It’s just that I, personally, would like to meet him because of his writing style.
Now I know I’m probably missing some people, and I will probably un-invite some authors here in a few years, but right now, those are the ones I can think about.
WOW, SUCH A COOL ACTIVITY, EVENTBRITE. THANK YOU!!
As for now, guys, I would like YOU to think up some authors! Who would you invite to your dream panel?
Thanks for reading this! If you ever want to organize a conference in your local area, here’s a great place to start, at Eventbrite’s online registration. Have a great day, guys xx