Friday, August 24, 2012

I’ve always been fascinated with friendships between famous writers. I loved learning that two of my favorite authors, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, were friends. I think it’s funny to imagine them in their critique group, the Inklings, chatting about The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.

I recently saw the movie Midnight in Paris and I loved it for the same reason. How cool would it be to walk around a corner in Paris one night and find yourself transported back in time, rubbing elbows with Earnest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein?

With the rise of social media, there’s an even greater sense of community among writers. It’s cool to think that some of the best YA writers are friends. I love knowing that John Green, Maureen Johnson, Stephanie Perkins, and Laini Taylor hang out in large groups of authors.

We recently went to see a YA panel. It was one of the best I’ve ever been to, because they were all friends and you could tell they were really enjoying themselves. I loved all the inside jokes and the banter between them. Panels of complete strangers are no where near as fun.

The We Heart YA girls are quietly hoping we’ll get to do panels of our own someday and talk about our own books. We’ve got the chemistry and the inside jokes, now we just need to get our books out there. ;)


Do you like hearing about author friendships?


Rebecca Barrow said...

I love hearing about author friendships! The only bad thing is that I get jealous because I wish I could hang out with them too :)

Kaye M. said...

Oh, man, this is the one thing I really, REALLY crave about being a published author. Is that a bad thing - that I look forward to author friendships and inside jokes on panels rather than a real, printed book in my hands? 0.0

I keep having to remind myself that to have that kind of friendship, I need to get out more and talk to more people. I'm too shy.

Anyway, awesome post. I don't know how you girls always seem to know what I'm thinking about.

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

I would agree, I think it's a lot of fun to see author events with people who like and know one another. I think there is a fine line where you don't want to appear TOO cliquey, like you're shutting out the audience or anything, but for the most part it's so fun to see this, whether it be from authors or TV actors... it's always more fun when you can feel the chemistry between the people beyond just being colleagues of sorts.

Kristan said...

YES, ditto to what Ashley said!! Fine line, but when it's walked well, it's so much fun.

Don't think it's bad at all. And hey, you've got a blog! You might be shy, but you're putting yourself out there in a great way. Keep at it. ;)

PS: Maybe we are mind-readers... shh!

Andria Buchanan said...

I love hearing about author friendships, it really makes panels more enjoyable if its more a gathering of friends rather than strangers.

kaye (paper reader) said...

I think this is fabulous. Not only because friends are, well, awesome in so many ways, but to share a core love of something so strongly and be surrounded by people who all interpret that core so uniquely is amazing. A multi-faceted, gorgeous thing. :)

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