To be honest, all of my author interaction has been primarily on Twitter; there were a few author events that came to town that I wanted to go to over the years but either the scheduling never worked for me or I just couldn’t bring myself to go (what would I say to the author face-to-face? How do readers interact in such a setting?).
Twitter in a way has been a surprise source of author interaction for. I’m always on to sign up to new social networking websites just to see what they’re all about and initially my Twitter account was mainly used to keep in touch with some online friends and random comments on news items that I’ve stumbled across
and ranting about the weather or some other irritation of the moment but I try not to do that very often these days. When I became a more regular book blogger and connecting with other book bloggers, I suddenly found myself even chatting with an author or two as part of a book blog tour or just in general. It’s
My blog has also been a way to interaction with authors on some level. I still find it delightful when an author drops in on one of my book reviews, like Beth Hoffman did when I reviewed Looking for Me or that time when David Anthony Durham dropped by my blog because I was talking about his book Acacia. It’s a surprise but it leaves me feeling rather happy that an author took the time to comment or read something I had written about their work (the same goes for tv shows, but that’s a story for another time =P). Additionally, some of the blogging events had given me the opportunity for authors to write guest posts for my blog (a little more removed but still very cool) or publishers have given me a chance to ask authors questions about their work (which was really cool).
So those are my author interactions that I could think of; I guess with the advent of social media and the continuing changes and developments in the book community, there’s always ways to connect authors and readers over books, which is great 🙂
More Than Just Words
There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats?
In the last two years or so I’ve really gotten into comic books. Just to summarise a bit from this post, it was all thanks to a DVD bundle we bought the other year for Marvel’s Avengers. It came with a trade paperback comic book and we (my brother and I) enjoyed it so much that we started venturing out and checking out comic books in earnest. Today, we have a pull list and a small collection of trade paperback titles that we enjoyed. I quickly learned that Thor is my favourite super hero and that I’m more of a Marvel girl but I do read DC comics as well, as my brother likes to keep me up to date with their titles =P
Comic books are pretty awesome. They tell a story involving both the written word and visual art, which is pretty cool; sometimes the visual art aids in bringing an epic action sequence to life or conveys an emotion that may be missed in a prose format. The stories that these comic books tell are also pretty fantastic and exciting; From Marvel Now!’s Thor: God of Thunder to (more recently) the retellings of familiar fairy tales via the popular Fables, there’s a lot of great storytelling out there. It doesn’t have to be superhero comic books or book-to-comic adaptations (Game of Thrones and The Dark Tower comes to mind); there are a lot of other comic books out there that tell their own story, whether it’s literary/drama or humour or slice-of-life vignettes (I’ve been meaning to pick up more titles from the latter as there are some excellent titles out there). I’ve recently posted a bit about my pull list here for more info 🙂
On a related note (since we’re on the subject of other story mediums), before I got into comics, I used to be pretty big on reading manga. Anime made up a good chunk of my high school life (alongside LOTR =P) but it was only in undergrad and my brother was getting into anime that I also started reading a lot of manga. Again, the medium is fantastic–there’s a lot of talented mangaka out there, and plenty of interesting stories. I’m a little more old-school so my favourite titles tend to come from CLAMP’s early years (Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knights Rayearth, Wish) to Sailor Moon (thank goodness they re-issued the series!) to more recent titles like Dogs, xxxHolic, Soul Eater and Happy Cafe (I’m so sore that TokyoPop closed down a few years ago and the rest of Happy Cafe was not issued here in North America–that series made me happy, dammit! < / rant >). I thnik it’s safe to say that I read a bit of everything on the manga front but I stopped collecting just recently (finished my Sailor Moon collection and it’s only Dogs now that I’m following).
And now I turn it over to you: What’s your favourite interaction or meeting or moment with an author? Do you read comics and/or manga? If so, what are some of your favourite titles?